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This is it. This is the one. Find your wife

If you have found her, maybe you could try saving her? You come home one day and find your wife is out. You open your computer and discover an email from her. To xxxxx, / Curiosity killed the ...
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The Evicted Tenant

Today, I started my job as a package delivery man. As chances have it, one of the delivery addresses was right on my apartment floor! However, the handwriting was so bad I couldn't even make out the ...
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The Secret Club

Since I was a kid, nobody wanted me in their super-exclusive clubs... the "House in the Tree Club"... the "Girls Only Club"... the "Whatever you are NOT Club"... but now that I am a skilled (and a bit ...
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James Bond : No Access

James Bond, while working on a top-secret case for many weeks in deep enemy territory, finally collected and stored lots of critical files on his tight-security Linux system. Even though the system ...
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Locate the hacker

This is my first time making one of these. Hopefully it's not too easy (or too difficult). Let me know what you think. If people enjoy this I will make more! It is May 26th, 2016 After years on the ...
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The SErial Killer (Part 1)

This is part of a series which I'll be continuing if this goes down well enough. If you have any feedback on the puzzle (too hard, too easy, not clear enough, etc) I'd appreciate it so that future ...
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The mystery of NOC +10

NOC +10 On March 6th, 2015, a YouTube channel named "Noc +10" was created. Since that day, this channel is uploading some really darkly mysterious videos. I will start saying something ...
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How did the police know?

One night, a man receives a call from the police. The police tell the man that his wife was robbed, murdered, and her body dumped in a remote location, and that he should reach the crime scene as soon ...
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How did the hit man miss?

Harry the hit man is hired to whack Vic the victim. Vic lives in the apartment complex illustrated below, and Vic parks overnight in the circled parking spot, and always leaves for work around 8am. At ...
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Who poisoned Hugh G. Pokitz? (a murder mystery logic puzzle)

Preface After your last mishap with a heap full of rabbits, you got sick of being lied to. Isn't life just so much easier when you can conclusively tell if someone's been telling the truth or not? ...
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They all gave the same one word answer - What answer did they give? [closed]

Here's a slightly different, fairly easy one. Three men travel for almost a day across an unknown distance to a meeting point. One travelled by car, another by horse and the other by boat. When ...
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"I claim this corner of the world for Britain!" - What game are Alex and Brooke playing?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags Alex and Brooke are playing a game. I've transcribed their conversation below. Can you make sense of it? Alex: I claim this corner of the world for ...
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Computations of an old woman

Recently I met a Polish woman who showed me something very interesting. Apparently her mother kept notebooks which she filled with strange calculations, never telling anyone what they were for. From ...
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Who killed Tom?

The date is 20/2/2018. You are a detective and have been contacted by the police officer to help to crack a case. "Our CEO, Tom has been murdered in his room just now. The only suspects are Norman, ...
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Sabotage at Sea - Cursed Cruise liner?

(Warning: Heavy reading incoming. I suggest writing stuff down...) It's now the year 2150, and you're one of the few people who didn't leave earth twenty years ago. Why? A deadly disease overtook the ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery [closed]

Last year, December 21, 2013, you were awarded the "#1 Detective in the World" for solving more than 50 murders. Your boss gave you a promotion, contingent upon your moving to Chicago. You agreed and ...
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You stand in a forest... Where are you?

You stand in a forest, So black, dark, Light can’t quite wind around the dry, tough bark. Trees are all you can see, But change your viewpoint even slightly; And a brighter vista it may indeed ...
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Four boys are playing football and one of them breaks a window

Four boys at school are playing football and one breaks a window. No one owns up to doing it but someone gives the teacher an anonymous note saying: hE iS thE CuLpriT? The four boys were: Matthew Mark ...
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Good Apple Hunting

The boys brought him in for questioning, but I didn't think he had anything to do with this. Not really. I just had to know if he knew anything pertinent about that strange passage in the old man's ...
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Guy who understands if a diamond is genuine by just looking at it

There is a guy who can determine if a diamond is genuine or fake by just looking at it. His name is Richard. One day, he is summoned by the leader of a gang of thieves. It turns out that thieves have ...
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Half filled water bottle

If you are given a marker and a transparent water bottle partially filled with water, can you tell if the bottle is half filled or not?
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Murdered down the Rabbit Hole (a long logic puzzle)

Backstory Disaster has struck for Leporidae throughout the fantasy realm -- a mass carrot famine has wreaked havoc upon all existences but our own. Because of this, 25 of the leading fantasy bunnies, ...
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A long, lonely drive

It's early in the wee hours of the morning when a lonely farmer loads up his truck with his goods to sell. He lives far from the city and if he wants to ensure a good spot at the bazaar, he will need ...
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Who's been stealing Jenny's milk?

Jenny works in an office with four other colleagues and someone has been using her milk. She finds this very annoying as she likes her mid-afternoon tea and she simply can't enjoy the second half of ...
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A 600 foot Rope, and an 800 foot Drop

You find yourself trapped atop an $800$ foot tall building. The surrounding land is completely flat, plus there are no other structures nearby. You need to get to the bottom, uninjured, and can only ...
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Murder on Stack Exchange!

Disclaimer: no offence is intended to any of the puzzling.SE users mentioned (or not mentioned) here! I was inspired by this question to use them as characters, with no regard for reality. You are ...
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Chain Puzzle: Tabletop Games #04 - Mansion Massacre

This is the fourth Chain Puzzle in the Tabletop Games series, in which all puzzles are themed around board games, card games, tile games, and the like. The answer to this puzzle is a thematic word or ...
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Who killed the indiscriminate warden?

You are in jail, along with all other Puzzling Exchange users, for crimes against each other with your obtuse riddling and mathematical references. One day, there is a large brouhaha at the prison, ...
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The SErial Killer (Part 2)

This puzzle is part of a series - part 1 is here. Any comments I make on the OP are canonical and out of character (OOC). Any comments I post on answers are for flavour only. Update: As it turns out, ...
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Double whammy murder case! What happened?

It's Friday the 13th, and you and a group of 7 friends from the "Survivor" club belonging to University LeMao (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G) go camping. You're all pretty good friends, and talk quite a ...
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A great wife — but not very logical

There was this husband and wife. They were married this day. On this day, the wife shot the husband, held him under water and then hung him up. Then they went out on a honeymoon. Wonderful ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery 2

"Take her away!" commands the police officer, as two other officers handcuff the blonde woman. "Good work, Detective! I can see why you were named the number one detective. Keep up the great work!". ...
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The case of the pranking snowplow

It’s circa 1990, and there is a big snowfall in Some City, USA. The mayor has left his car parked in a public parking lot, and the next morning, he discovers that the lot has been plowed, but the ...
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Death cases of computer technician

Police found the body of a computer technician in front of his computer, with a belly wound. There was a possibility of the victim bleeding to death after being stabbed with a sharp object. There were ...
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The Curse of the Ancients

The night has grown fearful. It has been a fortnight since the rising - when the dead have begun to shamble out of their graves, hunting and preying on sleeping men and women and children. The people ...
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Why do I always catch Bus B instead of Bus A?

Each day, I will catch either Bus A or Bus B on my journey home from work. Both take the same route, run every ten minutes, and take the same time to reach my destination. Neither is busier, cheaper ...
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Which teacher is the murderer?

In the first day of a new class semester, a student was murdered inside the classroom. No witnesses, no murder weapon, and no evidence. The police got four teachers as possible suspects, but they all ...
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The Secret Club (another one?!?)

Well... my first attempt to enter a Secret Club wasn't successful (see: The Secret Club), but this time I'm sure that nothing can stop me from reaching my goal... I've discovered this new club, whose ...
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Murder of the President - Part 1

I am trying something new. This detective riddle/brainteaser will be the first of 5+ parts in a case to solve the murder of the president. Each part will give you a clue (usually a place to go for the ...
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Murder of the President - Part 2

This is Part 2 of the Murder of the President brainteaser/riddle series. If you have not already, you might want to see the answer for Murder of the President - Part 1 posted by Nit before you begin ...
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Assassination in an office (again)

Inspired by a puzzle posted not that long ago. A man was killed in an office. We have five suspects: Isaac - takes care of trash in the company Caleb - he once stole two dollars from a ...
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Why the 7 Apples?

A doctor and a bus driver are both in love with the same woman, a girl named Sarah. The bus driver had to go on a long bus trip that would last a week. Before he left, he gave Sarah seven apples. Why?
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The secret research of Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth (a murder mystery puzzle)

The poster on the university bulletin board is definitely trying to drum up some hype: One Night Only Be one of the privileged individuals present when Professor Hubert J. Farnsworth reveals ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery 3

Two of the officers arrest Detective Randy White; one was holding him, while the other was putting handcuffs on Mr. White. You see that the whole Investigation department talking, some whispering to ...
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The Pirates of Beal Isle - very long logic grid puzzle

Story Let me tell ye a tale: Somewhere northeast o' the Bahamas there be a tiny scrap o' rocks stickin' up out o' the sea known as Beal Island. It be a barren, rocky place, and no man ever called it ...

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