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

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Is Daryl's Mail Legit This Time?

You are the lead mail inspector for a large prison. One of your jobs is to check all incoming and outgoing mail for any contraband and for any hidden information or codes, which are often of a ...
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The Cryptic Safe

A safe was dropped off at a local police station, supposedly belonging to a highly wanted criminal. Police have suspicions that whatever is inside the safe will lead to this person’s whereabouts. Only ...
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Will you regret solving this puzzle?

It's February and you walk into the Smithsonian American Art Museum. A piece of artwork was recently bought for $2,061,966 USD, but you are confused that the museum bought this ugly artwork that even ...
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Puzzle for Olivia

June 11, 2022 Dear Olivia, Over the past few months we've noticed that you've been spending all your free time creating and solving puzzles online. We are glad that you have found something that you ...
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The Doors in the Hallway

On the phone, an acquaintance of yours sounds panicked I know it sounds crazy, but you gotta listen to me. Earlier today I got assaulted by a group of robed people, and now I just woke up in the ...
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In vino veritas

Somewhere in England in the 12th century The Golden Goblet Inn has reported a robbery and needs your investigative skills. Rumor has it that the local blacksmith conducts some shady business practices ...
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Ernie and the Menacing Monopoles

While driving home from a fishing trip Ernie and I saw a road-side sign pointing down a gravel track that announced ‘MYSTERIOUS SOUTH SLOPING TREES’. It was getting well on into the afternoon, and I ...
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I'm not a robot, I'm not a MONKEY

The city of Roboville has been invaded by robots, monkeys, and dancers, who will dance if the beat's funky. Some of the invaders can be two of them (e.g. both monkeys and robots) and some can be all ...
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Which door to the party?

As you stroll on a walk with your friend, your friend talks about moving. Your friend doesn't have enough money to move to a good apartment, so he contemplates moving to a cheap hotel, but this hotel ...
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An Ambiguous Text from the Oracle

Oscar: Hey bra, let's go to the pub and tie one on. Peter: Naw bra, don't you know Mercury's in retrograde? Oscar: Hmm, let's consult the Oracle. Oscar texted the Oracle and the Oracle immediately ...
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Entry to CIA Part #2

Previous Part: Part #1 After successfully completing Part #1's puzzle, you receive another message from the CIA on your black screen: Dear Reader, we are glad to state that you have been accepted ...
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The Ultimate Chess Strategy

I’ve been trying to learn chess so I was googling chess strategies. When I saw an ad for “The Ultimate Chess Strategy,” I instantly followed it and put in my credit card number. A few days later I ...
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Find the hidden treasure

You wake up in an unfamiliar location. Struggling to your feet, you see at least a dozen other people scattered nearby, some rubbing their eyes. You take a look at your surroundings and notice that ...
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Entry to CIA Part #1

As I searched for different topics on Google, my whole screen suddenly went black and gave me this letter: Dear Reader, if you have come across this message, you may be applicable for the CIA. We are ...
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The Alchemist's Secret

This is Part III of a series. Other parts: The Alchemist's Grimoire and The Alchemist's Cauldron Yet again told from the perspective of my fantasy self. The story nor the front of the letter are ...
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How Did Bill Save His Brother-in-Law?

Cathy: [4:39 am, bites nails and breathes heavily as she races to her brother's house while calling him] Come on, answer Bill, wake up, please! [No answer, but she whips into his driveway and barely ...
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The Monopoly tournament's secret prize

The image below is the aftermath of a secret tournament of Monopoly played here on PSE. Akin to something that might come out of a subreddit like r/anarchychess, the board has been massively scrambled ...
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A musical response

This puzzle is my own creation. The other day one of my coworkers asked me whether I was up for a challenge. I said sure, so he handed me a piece of paper. "Find the response that's hidden in ...
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The new paper shredder

B: God, what happened here, it looks like a bomb went off... C: That's why we're here, Inspector Bolton, this tech company had no business exploding. B: They did acquire a new drink machine recently ...
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Quite the Namesake

Me and a friend of mine named O were once trapped in a room with a shapeshifter (long story). I had a gun (even longer story), which was good because me and O needed to kill the shapeshifter (possibly ...
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My angry new boss

It had to happen with all the people leaving and the confusing devices at work. My old boss resigned, leaving us with a new, quite peculiar replacement. He fires people, and then he hires others, all ...
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Who put these roof beams over the chimney, I'd like to know?

Before you read this, the credits: I came up with this puzzle entirely by myself, and the photo is mine. I just bought a house last winter, and I was all ready to cozy up next to a warm fire in the ...
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Who Are The Final Two Contenders, and Who Won?

Hello! I'm Mike, and welcome to your 3rd annual "Needle in a Haystack" awards! We'll have just five rounds of competition, followed by judging, then your champ! In each round, the ...
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The new office printer

Coming back from my week-end, I sit down at my desk and look across the open space in horror. They installed a new printer, nothing scary, but given what happened last time, staying alert is the best ...
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A streamer's diet

I'm in dire need of help. I've been hired to take care of a certain streamer during a charity event, but the instructions they gave me for meals and games are just, way too confusing! This one ...
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The new drink machine

At work today, they installed a new machine, it has a keyboard instead of the usual buttons to select my drink of choice. This morning, I went to take a coffee, so I typed in "coffee", and ...
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Welcome to the Documented Discovery Complex!

You have been hired by a new company in town, their offices look like a giant cube, and you've heard the job never gets boring. As you enter the cube-like building, an android salutes you Welcome new ...
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The Great Hat Magician

Welcome, welcome! What an audience we have here tonight, the great Puzzling SE, I came here with a small riddle, I hope you are all ready! Let me put my first hat, a hat with a fat belly, Now I am a ...
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Pay Close Attention - A puzzle for all those who can think outside the box

Reclining in his chair, Watson wrapped his arms around himself in what could be conceived as a bear hug, had there been another person there. Waiting patiently, Watson hummed a small tune to himself ...
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Ernie and the Disguised Donors

I was spending the morning helping Ernie dig up the potato patch when he got an emergency phone call from the Society for Absent-Minded Mathematics Professors – it appeared that they had “A bit of a ...
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Dark Ring III - The Combo City™

So uhm, it's a bit embarrassing, but I've spilled some coffee on my brand new Dark Ring III combo manual (Thank you all lots for the previous games!). I've been loving the game, I even bought it brand ...
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Dark Ring II - Scholar of the First Combo™

I need your help again people! After finishing Dark Ring I, thanks to you all, I went and bought the second game in the series. It's a lot more complicated, but I also learned a lot more from the ...
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Breaking the Heart geometrically

The King of Geometro nation has 2 very smart wives. On the Geometro Wives day he gets a nice heart shaped cake made. It has a number of icing flowers on it. The King wants to split the cake in half so ...
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Dark Ring I - Prepare to Combo Edition™

My friend showed me a game recently, it's a little indie game called Dark Ring I, it's honestly pretty good and... I should get to the matter at hand. I'm reaching the final boss, and I tried looking ...
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23 people wearing hats with a bell ringing [closed]

24 extremely intelligent people get invited to a really important party. Since it's really important after 9pm (the start time of the party) a guardian will guard the door to enter the party. All of ...
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Annual letter from my friend

I have a friend who sends me a letter once a year. It's usually pretty clear what they're trying to say, but this year they sent me a weird block of squares, and I have no idea what it means. What's ...
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What am I pointing at?

I go into a store and point. I say "How much for 1?" The storeowner replies "20 cents". I then ask "So, how much is 12?" His answer: "40 cents". I decide "...
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What's with the flip?

Uh-oh... We should've taken Professor Kernighan's advice before taking this trip and learned the local language. This desert is dreadful and we just want to reach civilization again, as fast as ...
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Zettler's Encyclopedia

On epiphany 1735, Sir Zettler, who was a great publisher from the old continent, promised to issue a "Great Universal Encyclopedia of Collectible Wisdom". It was meant to be affordable for ...
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The Alchemist's Cauldron

This is Part II of a series. Part I can be found here: The Alchemist's Grimoire Again told from the perspective of my fantasy self. The story is not needed to solve the puzzle, but may contain some ...
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The Alchemist's Grimoire

Told from the perspective of my fantasy self. The story is not needed to solve the puzzle, but may have some useful tidbits. So earlier today, I finally decided to sit down with my newest party ...
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A big kid plays with other kids while everyone else is guessing about a kid. No I'm not kidding at all!

A little while ago my friends had an elaborate baby shower to celebrate my friend's first pregnancy. I admit that I'm a giant man-child who loves playing with kids more then pretending to be an adult ...
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Did you witness the Event?

Always seeking to arouse curiosity in his grandson, Grandpa has another challenge for him: Grandpa: Say, Billy, have you heard of the Event? Billy: What event Grandpa? Grandpa: Well, the Event comes ...
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Binge drinking with a purpose

I was in a rut. Something terrible had happened to me, and as a consequence I had descended into alcoholism, drinking one cocktail at the nearest bar every non-Sunday night for nine straight weeks: ...
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PSE Advent Calendar 2021 (Day 11): What Child – Er, Game Is This?

This puzzle is part of the Puzzling StackExchange Advent Calendar 2021. The accepted answer to this question will be awarded a bounty worth 50 reputation.< Previous Door Next Door > I. The story ...
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Ernie and the Christmas Stars

Although Ernie professes to be an atheistic rationalist, he does love the Christmas season. He thinks long and hard to find appropriate gifts, brushes up on his Christmas Carol repertoire, plans a ...
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How many seats around the table?

This puzzle is very much inspired by a recent, excellent, one, posted here. If anyone, in particular the author of the other puzzle, prefers this one to disappear, I will immediately do so and I ...
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The Mermaids' Rooms

You have been tasked with assigning rooms to some mermaids who have visited the hotel. There are 9 mermaids: One is bald and bare-skinned One has a layer of fur One has a thick bark on their back One ...
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A small pond-crossing

While walking through the flower gardens, you encounter a small group of fairies stuck on a lilypad. There are 2 red fairies, 2 yellow fairies, and 2 green fairies, and they have nothing besides a ...
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Aliens have landed!

Aliens from planet Stirwet have landed on earth! Being hyper-intelligent and possessing superior technology, they immediately took over. After having a quick look around, they found humans and apes (...
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