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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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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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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]

This is a different kind of riddle. With this one, you may ask me as many yes or no questions as you like. 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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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 ...
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Burning Island - how to survive the fire? [closed]

A man is stranded on an island covered in forest. There are no other humans or animals, he is the only one who lives on the island. One day, when the wind is blowing from the west, lightning ...
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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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Dead in a Field [closed]

Here is another classic that I couldn't find anywhere on the site: A man is lying dead in a field. Next to him there is an unopened package. There is no other creature in the field. How did he die? ...
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Why didn't the cop stop the lorry driver? [closed]

A police officer saw a lorry driver going the wrong way down a one-way street, but did not make any move to stop him. Why not? Let's see if I can make this puzzle not "too broad": there's no ...
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A few simple riddles to get your brain going [closed]

Here are a couple of riddles for you. 1.) Where does twelve plus two equal two? 2.) A man walks up to you and says "If you tell a lie I will stab you with a knife. If you tell the truth I will shoot ...
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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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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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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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The best barber in town

You are in a town with one barber shop and two barbers, one with good hair and one with terrible hair, there are no towns nearby so everyone in town must get there hair cut at this barber shop. ...
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Disaster in Madrid!

A couple were in a car racing madly through Madrid in the middle of the night. Suddenly the engine juddered, whirred, and died. The broken-down car rolled to a halt, leaving them stranded with nobody ...
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How do you walk across a 10' x 10' hole using two 9' boards?

Given a 10' x 10' hole which is very deep, how do you walk across the hole using two boards that are each 9' long? You can't jump, pole vault across, nail the boards together, or go around the hole....
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Contact with no signal?

I know this problem might be too silly/easy, but I'll ask it anyway and see what happens... One day Alice woke up a beach. She got up to look around but there was no one else there! She started ...
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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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The Bucket of Sand

Disclaimer: This riddle MAY have been given elsewhere. I heard this one a few months ago from a friend, and I have no idea what his source was. You're in a room, since that's your job. Your singular ...
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Copper, Silver and Gold. Who had what?

I made the following riddle in a RPG. Albus, Baku and Croco experimented with some ingots. One was using copper, one silver and the other gold. But none of the experiments worked with the ...