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A puzzle that involves figuring out what happened with regard to a certain incident.

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Help Seldon choose between four doors

Q . It is a fourth avenue of new jersey. It contained a scary house . One day a fellow  named Seldon who is 7 feet tall standing with his friends talking about scary house . Seldon know all about the ...
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A dark and stormy Car Talk quibbler

While being indescribably grateful for the hundreds of Car Talk Puzzlers, I have a quibble with one in particular.   The goal now is to improve, in my opinion, on that puzzle’s official ...
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Ridge Trail moisture mystery

(click to visit this picture via Google Street View) The weather was less pleasant than pictured above but the afternoon began nicely enough that I wasn’t about to waste an hour already ...
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Dream of omniscience [closed]

Dave is having a dream. In his dream he is walking happily along a street when he comes to a mysterious door. He tries to simply open the door, but it is locked. It is his dream and he can do ...
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The broken crosswalk timer

This is something that actually happened to me. In my city we have countdown timers on our crosswalk lights that let you know how many seconds you have to finish crossing the road, like this As I was ...
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Which cadaver woke? [closed]

A medical examiner works in Cadaversville, a place where the dead may sometimes wake in the off hours then die once more. While awake, they are not zombies and don't eat people. They just seem to be ...
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Indulge in my stupid and impossible riddle!

A situation I made designed to make some sense but requires lateral thinking. Takes place in 2016 but in an alternate universe where we discovered a lot of technology earlier. Say WW2 or so. An old ...
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How can I not be breaking the law and then I am and then not again?

I'm not breaking any laws. Then, I keep doing what I've been doing. Suddenly, I am breaking the law. A short while later, still not alteration to my behavior, I'm not breaking any laws again. Now, to ...
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What should the translator do? [closed]

Suppose two countries have different languages and none of the them know each others language remotely. They send one person from each country and they learn each others language and after a while ...
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Identifying Ancient Artifact

You are a group of archaeologists and scientists investigating an ancient cave. You set up and verify a presurization system at the entrance, which you can use to suck all the air out of the room, or ...
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Fire, guns or lions? [closed]

A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three rooms. The first is full of raging fires. The second is full of assassins with loaded guns. The third is full of lions that ...
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Everyone knows bullets are magnetically pulled to anyone who's about to retire

Decided to try a little writing with this puzzle, so forgive the bit of extra length. Hopefully the story is entertaining enough to forgive a tiny bit of extra length ;) "Alex is almost three, and ...
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They only pay me enough to care on odd days of the week [closed]

Two police officers respond to a domestic violence complaint at a house. This isn't the first time they have responded to such a complaint, they have come to this house at least half a dozen times ...
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I'd sell my son for a movie ticket [closed]

A father and his young son are having a pleasant conversation, sharing stories and discussing what movie they would both most enjoy watching as they pull into the movie theater's parking lot. However ...
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Suspicious family [closed]

I present a true story from my past, modified only to condense the exchange mildly for sake of a more readable puzzle. Alex's friends were curious about the modification of their lunchtime routine. ...
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The missing piece of sushi

Three women go out to sushi dinner together, and each of them brings their only daughter. The first course that arrives is a specialty sushi roll which is placed in the center of the table, and ...
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Masked strangers take baby at knifepoint

(This probably isn't very original and maybe is too easy, but I came up with it on my own and figured I'd post it anyway.) Masked strangers forcibly took a baby from her mother at knifepoint. In the ...
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Two women riddle

Two women were walking together down the street, each carrying a baby in her arms, they seen approaching two men also walking together in the opposite direction to them, one of the women said to the ...
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Half of a Hot Plate

You walk into physics class with your friends, and your teacher is already there. She's left what looks like a large, thick, plate out by an old-fashioned coal heater (for some reason, your school has ...
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In a plane crash who died?

In a plane crash somewhere, every single person died but two people survived. How is this possible?
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Off roading in a desert [closed]

You’re off-road, in the desert, driving an all-terrain vehicle. You’re $10$ miles off the straight highway, and your destination is $100$ miles ahead, also $10$ miles off the straight highway. You can ...
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An extra Father's Day

I recently celebrated my 2nd Father's Day, yet my only child hasn't even had a first birthday yet. How is this possible? Clarifications: I live in the US and in my family you only celebrate Father's ...
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Amongst many but not so

You are in a room amongst many. But yet not so, alone yet accompanied. Maybe not physically but mentally. A pale dim light fills the room as you gaze upon the myriad of people in the room. Where are ...
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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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A quick little riddle [duplicate]

A man and a woman were driving in their car when it broke down. The man decided to go for help at a gas station a few miles back. He made sure nobody except for the woman was in the car, rolled all ...
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Prison Riddle: How do they escape? [closed]

Two prisoners are locked in a dirt floor cell with nothing but a mattress, a frame, and a stolen spoon. There is a small, bar less window high on the wall, but they can not get to it. First, they try ...
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May the 4th be with you!

A line of people has formed to enter a place where only members are allowed inside. There is a doorman who says something to each person, and based on the person's response he can determine if they ...
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Why won't the plane start? [closed]

I enter a perfectly normal airplane at a perfectly normal airport and I sit down in a perfectly normal seat. However, so long as I am sitting in this seat, the plane will not start. I'm not in the ...
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The magical water drum [closed]

You have a leak-proof drum that can hold 50 litres of water. It has a separable lid, like the one you have on barrels. On Monday, you fill the drum to the brim, the full 50 litres. Then you leave the ...
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Read closely, or you will fail [duplicate]

Jason's mother had 4 children. Three of their names were Penny, Nickel, and Dime. What was the fourth child's name? If you need a hint, you are very lucky for one:
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Business or Pleasure? [closed]

Tom is sitting in a hotel lobby, facing the reception desk, and observing customers checking into their rooms. He is playing a game with himself where he tries to guess whether each customer is ...
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Group trust problem [duplicate]

The previous part to this question is here. As a family generally has no more 5 kids, and I want to generalise the situation in the previous question, I shall change the context a little: There are ...
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Sibling trust problem

Amy and Bill are two siblings who share a computer with their parents at home. A maximum of two user accounts can be set up on this computer, so Amy and Bill have to share an account, whilst their ...
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A strange way of buying eggs

Someone goes into a grocery store, and says he wants to buy an egg. Immediately, as if he just changed his mind, asks for 9 further eggs. The conversation can go like this: I would like an egg, ...
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A man dies because the number is 88 too high [closed]

A man died because the number was 88 too high. What happened?
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Mysterious Murder Mystery - The Four Brothers

You get a call in the middle of the night which wakes you up violently—a call which you were not expecting. Your cell phone rings loudly because you have forgotten to turn the ringer off from the day ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery 5

The room is pitch black; the only thing giving any sort of light is the moon. You look around, but can’t seem to see much at all. Suddenly, music starts playing and giant rats appear out of nowhere, ...
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The Honest Guard

Three prisoners were blindfolded and given a shovel. The sick and twisted guard told the three men: “No matter what happens tonight, at least one man is certain to die. However, it will not be the ...
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Why did the lady die?

There was an IQ test created by Random Person. A contestant attempts to answer all the questions but fails the last one. Here goes the conversation: Random Person: You have 500 bricks in the plane. ...
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Adam commutes to school

When the volume of the sound is low, Adam walks home from school. When the volume of the sound is high, he gets a ride. Why?
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Car hotter in winter

Every day I park my car in the same spot, which has not had any alterations done in years, nor has the surrounding area changed. No new trees, building, etc. I park my car in the same fashion each ...
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100 Prisoners and a Light 2: Electric Boogaloo

You may recall the prison experiment done along the following lines: One hundred prisoners have been newly ushered into prison. The warden tells them that starting tomorrow, each of them will be ...
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Stoplight clairvoyance [closed]

Bob works in a rural area, so when Bob drives home from work each day, he takes a back-country highway. However, because Bob works in a rural area in Pennsylvania, where civil engineers are crazy, ...
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Odd puzzle for you! [duplicate]

Trying out hand on making puzzles here's one more puzzle for you guys. On a Sunday morning, you were driving a bus on $C234s218$ street. After traveling about $200 m$ the driver stops the bus at the $...
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Is it always possible to balance a 4-legged table?

A perfectly symmetrical small 4-legged table is standing in a large room with a continuous but uneven floor. Is it always possible to position the table in such a way that it doesn't wobble, i.e. all ...
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Finding north without a compass

At night, someone is in a completely empty field. He sees absolutely nothing around him and there are no stars in the sky. He does not have a compass, or any other tools that can be used for ...
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The camel-challenge [duplicate]

A sheik had two sons. He loved them both very much, but he had to choose one heir. So he called both and said to them: "Take your best camels and ride to the oasis, which is is the farthest in ...
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How was your day at work?

A woman was employed as a temporary receptionist. She met her boss, was given some brief instructions then sat down at the desk and waited for clients. The first client examined the magazines and ...
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How Can I Safely Double The Length of A Ladder?

I'm posting this from the roof of a building because I can't figure out a safe way down. I've scoured the roof for anything useful, and all I found was a coping saw. I also found a 100 foot ladder, ...
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How is it possible?

I have been captured, then shot, framed and hung. But luckily, I am not dead. How is it possible? Disclaimer: this puzzle is inspired by real world observation, so no alien lifeforms, super heroes ...