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

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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 ...
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Heartless bunch of faces

I was having snacks with a friend the other day, i had pretzels and my friend was licking candy canes when he told me a weird story. He said that, the night before he was at a party at some rich ...
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Lau's Labyrinth

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. Our heroes open the door and the remaining doors vanish accompanied by the sounds of grinding stone. The magnificent structure ...
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Mr. Montague's dream

So speaks Mr. Montague, missing no beat, reverberating stutters in tropical heat: "Each river mouth's built up, we've got naans to eat; then, lodgings we have; a café would be neat!" They'...
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This one has everything covered

Long, hard work days are required in the job, but it won't make Orlov quit. One quickly sees he's overqualified. Kites, brown bears, very quiet quails, even red foxes love the quaint zookeeper. A frog ...
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Where is Alex P. Barker?

Overview You are a special agent with the FBI and have been given the task of finding the number one most wanted criminal of all time. He's been hiding anywhere and everywhere to evade capture for ...
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Four Directions #6 - Where and what am I?

Inspired by metazen's riddles, I have decided to create my own To my west are a bunch of crooks To my north is a special fruit To my east is somewhere everyone wants to be To my ...
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The Map to Radiance

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1 In an adventure to find a special area, Radiance, in the mythical land of Geome, our heroes seek out a map to their destinies, ...
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Mysterious loss of weight

A man enters a room and presses a button. Within seconds he loses 20 lbs. How did he lose the weight?
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Murder in a bar [closed]

Two men enter a bar. They are served identical drinks with poison. One lives; the other dies. How is that possible?
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A princely romance

The prince was nervous as he chariot approached the woman's house. He knew he was being direct showing up at her door unannounced like this, but he knew the feelings he had for her were not imaginary. ...
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The Chinese car deal

Me and my darling were in China recently and decided to buy a brand new car from a trustworthy-looking local fellow. Afterwards, I noticed some similarities between My darling, the ...
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The Story of Jason & J____

One man was fighting another person. The victim was being punched and kicked and shoved, and the attacker had no intentions of stopping. Then, two priests walked by. One of them noticed the fight and ...
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A Riley some Math and a Confusing Note

A Quick Note I am having a hard time picking a topic for my next story riddle and have decided to make a new puzzle. Today I have combined a multitude of puzzles into a single larger puzzle to make ...
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A Place Where Fanatics Rule

I woke up. It was really hot, and the last thing I remembered was seeing the faces of my family in a white surrounding. Well, actually there was something before that. I remember seeing a weird symbol....
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A Pirate's Life For Me!

A Quick Note If you've seen any of my recent Riley riddles, then you knew this was coming. I've been working on this one for a week, and it was honestly quite tough to figure out what I really wanted ...
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An old man told me a story at lunch

Today I took my lunch break at my normal time, and sat in my usual location to eat. Nothing special, just a salad with tomatoes, swordfish, and tuna. While I sat there eating, and reading my book; an ...
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A journey in technicolor!

I woke up this morning with an incredibly strong urge to watch television. This isn't normal for me as I usually drink coffee and read the newspaper. I know, boring right? Good thing this is never the ...
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The Boy of Fire: The Final Battle

Welcome to the final part to the Boy of Fire. If you haven't read the previous parts you should do so prior to beginning this one. I've decided to take a different approach with this one as I've ...
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The Perfect Date

I decided to take my new girlfriend Fey out on a nice all-day date. This is how it happened. She doesn't like surprises, so I started by telling her what the day would entail. We went downtown ...
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An eerie warning from the other side

I often enjoy hiking through the trails near my home, and I try to ensure I do so at least once a week. Yesterday, I decided to go for a hike, and as I wandered through a lesser known trail I stumbled ...
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In Constant Sorrow

I've decided to tell another story, though this one already exists. I'll give an overview and you'll have to tell me what story I am telling. Digging for punishment, our story begins; a story about,...
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The Boy of Fire: Into the Stronghold

When we last saw our heroes, they were resting after a long week in the Sea of Fire. They battled the great King of Serpents who despite his rage against the human race, assisted our heroes with a ...
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It's time for a real difficult question

You enter a room. The doors close behind you, and you are locked in. You look around the room, and all there is in this empty, barren place is: 2 notepads Some writing on the wall A hammer There is ...
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The Basalisk and the Boy of Fire

As promised in my last riddle, the story continues. For those who haven't read the riddle preceding this one, I heavily recommend you do. The door swung open, slamming the wall; our heroes burst ...
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That's a story for another time

I'm a fan of nested puzzles, and especially puzzles that tell a story. I'm finding that I am quite good at them, so I'd like to post this one for the community. I wish you all the best of luck! ...
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James Shear’s story

Hello, my name is James Shear. This is my story. I was smuggled into child slavery. I tried to demand fairness from them, but they wanted to kill me. They stopped, then tried to sell me to a terrible ...
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Night out after a doctor's appointment

A South African and an American walked out of the doctor's office after having their chests radiographed. Since everything was fine, they decided to celebrate with glasses of Scotch in a nearby bar. ...
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Takin' muh niece on a tour

Muh niece Nancy was bored o' starin' at four walls so I took 'er on a tour. We went on muh sailboat, had chicken breast fo' dinner, and bought those li'l cans o' fruit juice that she likes. Went to ...
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Criminals and their strange slang

Quick, get in the boxpark! The guards are hot on our trail. The classfigure is getting intense. We need to get off this railblock as soon as possible. If they stop us and open the trunk we're ...
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Escape the ambigous riddles

You find yourself in a room. The walls, floor and ceiling are surrounded with steel. You notice on one side there is some unknown material, that is cool to the touch, and near the floor is a standard ...
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Tell me a story!

I've seen a lot of prefix-infix-suffix/Riley riddles lately on the site and have decided to write one myself; however, those of ...