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Questions tagged [story]

A puzzle that is dressed up as a story or a longer description of a situation.

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True or False? Test it out!

Note: This is just a story made up by me for the puzzle. This is NOT a real assignment. Therefore, please DO NOT close this question. Thanks! The Puzzle: So, one day, my Science teacher, who loves ...
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In Time or out of Time, that is the question

Brushing away the tree roots hanging from the ceiling I realised that the unicorn had stopped. “I will not go further,” he said in his deep, rich voice, “you know the prophecy. There is only one who ...
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Shady business in the local paper

I work as a delivery man for our local newspaper and noticed something that has my alarm bells ringing. The embassy of Warfaretania has ordered exactly nine issues of our paper, from December 1 ...
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A simple murder mystery puzzle that I came up with

A woman was found dead in her apartment. She was hanging from the ceiling but the detectives deduced that it was not suicide because of the bruises on her body (indicating a struggle) and the mess in ...
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Monoalphabetic Game Theory

This is a third puzzle from the Monoalphabetic Equation series, you can check out the previous one here: #1, #2. Last night, I went over to my friend's house for our monthly game night. After we ...
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George's lights

Here's a short and easy one: Me and my friend were hanging out in a restaurant and on the way back we saw a strange looking, abandoned castle. We wanted to check it out, so that's what we did. The ...
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The Adventures of Jack #3

He's back at it again! 'Twas the night before Christmas, And Jack only wanted one thing. A hat - what else would he need? Jack thought about colours, possibly crimson. But the ...
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The Adventures of Jack #2

I hope you liked the first one, because Jack is back! This time Jack begins his journey in Asia, He chops off oxygen's head with a comma to get; A place where he sees Luke Skywalker's ...
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A rare glimpse into a puzzlesmith's workshop

Note: The introductory text is only for flavour. All information needed to solve the puzzle is in the images below. Feel free to skip ahead to where it says "puzzle starts here". Prologue It was a ...
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A strange series of questions

Our agency have extracted some information from a terrorist's USB drive; According to our intelligence, this supposed to point us to the six potential cities their leader's current safe house might be ...
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The Adventure of Jack #1

Jack's adventure starts at the top left of the table, Hey, Vietnamese money should be removed! So he adventures along to Rome, stopping for 50 minutes. And suddenly he's back at the ...
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The Missing Taste

After a tiring soccer match which I absquatulated because I got insulted all the time by my own teammates, I went to my regular restaurant and ordered a fancy sashimi “the agushi special” but the ...
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I can't remember what I was doing last night

I can't remember what I was doing last night... Could you help me figure out what I was doing? This is what I can remember... I was standing in a room. Some guy from another country, ...
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A Christmas Gift

Thanksgiving done and Christmas around the corner. Both mom and dad were whispering in the hallways glancing over their shoulders to ensure no one was listening. I knew they were planning something ...
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Mr. Mouse Goes Shopping

I had a perfect preface to this story, I swear, but now it escapes me. Oh well! It mustn't matter much, must it? 'Twas the night before Black Friday and all through the house, not a creature was ...
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International Consulting

The people of country X are quite eccentric. Here are some of their more interesting rules and customs. The children love candy, but no one is a fan of sugary drinks. There are no sushi ...
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A Problem Of Royal Proportions

One day, while enjoying a trip in one of his kingdom's cities, the amnesiac king of Country X forgets the identity of his sole son and heir. Three men from the empire rush to send letters to the king--...
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Maxit negotiations

Your military junta has recently overthrown the government of Malta and taken control of the small island nation. As a way to finance your wise and just dictatorship, you have decided to threaten the ...
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Ollie really wanted the soup

Coworkers Eddie M. and Ollie G. are going to lunch. They're standing in line to get some soup and talking about their day. Eddie: ...long story short, we had to dig up the metadata from some ...
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The Cryptic Lab ~3~

SPOILER ALERT PLEASE READ The Cryptic Lab * 1 * AND The Cryptic Lab +2+ BEFORE READING PART 3! The series is getting less and less attention, so I might close it sooner than I think; after part 5 is ...
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The Cryptic Lab +2+

SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED AT MY QUESTION BEFORE, The Cryptic Lab *1*, YOU WON'T UNDERSTAND MUCH HERE! I'm glad people enjoyed the first part of the puzzle. I didn't think any of you would, ...
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The Cryptic Lab *1*

Once you've finished this puzzle, you can go to The Cryptic Lab +2+ This is a remake of the old puzzle, which was too broad (and I made such a terrible puzzle, lol). This is a harder yet simpler ...
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Cryptic Chamber *1* (discontinued) [closed]

(discontinued puzzle) The remake for this puzzle is out. You wake up. Eyes wide open, you sit up, with a terrible pain in your stomach. You're inside a dark room, and you see a light above a light ...
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It doesn't matter which way you go—so long as you get somewhere

One day in late November, Alice was talking to her adorable black kitten. She began, "Let’s pretend—” (and here I wish I could tell you half the things Alice used to say, beginning with her ...
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Harriet's final exam

Harriet woke up in her dorm room and found a letter from the school's faculty, along with 12 small cards with some words written on them. Congratulations on completing the coursework in the ...
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Riddle of Alschen

In Alschen, in 1999, a boy woke up on a nice morning only to discover a riddle on some paper under his bed. He took it to his mother who was shocked. His mother then showed the riddle to all of his ...
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Close encounter of the orthographical kind

Over here! Hey! People! Thank goodness. I managed to escape. I was held captive in a Keerg spaceship hovering high above the continental United States. They pointed on different places on a map and ...
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Suspiciouser and suspiciouser

I was sitting in the hotel lobby waiting for my taxi when I noticed a pretty suspicious-looking guy enter the building. Fedora and sunglasses, in October? Long trench coat and black leather gloves? ...
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A nonsense story

A sandy lover of this here website, only did the Foxtrot once, when they weren't on. Their favourite colour was that of a magical swamp, where they found a crystal that controlled time. They ...
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The Three Kings of Metsyssisab

In the world of Metsyssisab, there were three kingdoms, ruled by King Owt, King Eerht, and King Ruof. One day, a fourth, evil king, King Evif, who ruled a small island, looked to control all of the ...
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--> “virus.exe” <--

You have just arrived at work and walked to your cubicle, and after checking your emails, you are about to get started with your project, when you notice a strange new application on your desktop. ...
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Show me… “Stack the Logs!”

I'm Daniel, a skinny teenager from New Jersey. My mom got a new job, so she and I had to move to Canyon City, California. I decided that I needed a new hobby, so I started taking classes at the YMCA. ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #4

My five years old pupil Magnus is really on fire ! After three wins in the first, second and third games, he is playing White today in round 4 against one of the tournament's favorites (a child who ...
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Cool language nerds won't hang out with me

It has long been my dream to be a part of the extremely exclusive Language Nerds' Club. Today, I walked into their clubhouse and stated my wish to become a bona fide member. See how I used Latin there?...
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Coffee and a movie with friends

The day after our wedding, me and my wife Becky met our friend Charlotte and her husband Alan for coffee and a movie. Me: Hi Charlotte! Hi Alan! Charlotte: Hi! So, are you two finally married ...
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I am happier now

Narrator: I am one of your typical first world citizens. I got my hobbies, but nothing too special. I hate cleaning. I find it boring, and a chore. And I hate it even more, when I have to do any ...
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Murder in the Royal Court

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #40: Retrograde Analysis! I can't believe it! Last night we heard a bit of fighting... but we had no idea that... our King was in check, and my fellow Rook and ...
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True for one, Not for the other [closed]

I came up with puzzle, I think it's clever. Two women, Eve and Amy, sit at a table. After a bit of casual chit chat. Amy, writes on a piece of paper and says “I wrote five words. It is a true ...
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Excited Raichu vs the Dream (Chess Puzzle)

(Source: An actual tournament game I played all the way back in 2016) I had the weirdest dream last night… It started out normal enough, which for me, is basically nothing… but then I woke up, ...
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Funding for a podium

JENNY: Listen, I don't think we can afford the podium after all. Brian has a confused look on his face as Jenny peels a page full of numbers from her notepad and hands it to him. JENNY: ...
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The Wheel of Judas

I was studying up on some pretty archaic methods for testing intelligence and I came across one called The Wheel of Judas. It is said that if you were able to fully solve the wheel that you were a ...
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Who Visited and When?

During a particular year, exactly ten people ($A - J$) visited a certain city on five different days between January 1st and April 30th, in a non-leap year; such that on each of the five days, exactly ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #3 (fanmade)

I'm a huge fan of the first 2 parts made by @Evargalo, so i'll try too My teacher once told me a strategy to defeat the enemy in the second turn. I was so excited (:P) I forgot it. Can you help me?
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Planning a round-the-world trip

My friend is preparing for her upcoming round-the-world trip and is excitedly making lists of places she wants to visit. She sent me a list of her current top 20 destinations. Mostly I see what the ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #2

My 5yo pupil, Magnus, is playing his first chess tournament. Although I missed his first game, @Elder helped me reconstruct this important first win from the few clues I could collect. Alas, the ...
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An extraterrestrial threat

HEY! Hey there! At last I've found someone. I have an important warning for you. There isn't much time. Do you remember the ships that came by? In the sky? We thought they were just taking a ...
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Disciple of Gzemnid

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. Upon entering the dark room, you hear a loud, chilling sound. A light flickers to life and illuminates a relatively small ...
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Hey diddle diddle, the big cat in the riddle

Okay I've written a bad rhyming story that is mostly fluff, but hidden in this story there are two(2) things that symbolise a place on Earth. One thing symbolises a Country whilst the other a City ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #1

My young pupil, Magnus, just played his first chess tournament! I went for a coffee at the beginning of his first game ; he was White against a boy slightly older than him, maybe a 6yo, so he was a ...
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Riddle me this, birdman

I wanted to write a riddle in the form of a story, so here we are. Hope you like it. This is the story of great birds, two. Around and around in the sky, they flew. One remained small, while ...