Questions tagged [story]

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

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My identity in high school

My first semester—no, my entire freshman year—in high school, I was all alone. As I started my sophomore year, I finally made a friend. Two, actually. They weren't in the same class as me, but for the ...
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Diagnosis of the Starved Space Traveler

One day (in a universe very unlike our own) a wealthy adventurer set off in an obscure direction from his home solar system into the depths of space. But he made a dire mistake: Before getting into ...
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The Abnormality of me

I just got born. There's nothing I can do. Maybe "nothing" is such an appropriate word for an age 0. A year passed. There's still nothing I can do. I haven't changed. Maybe I am to retain my ...
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How can they attack?

There are four soldier squads planning to attack a town from the north, south, east, and west at the same time. They are in their positions; now they just need to know when to attack. One of the ...
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MEET @ 9:00 PM TONIGHT

Sarah was a cryptologist for the CIA. One night, as she was getting ready to leave for the day, her supervisor rushed in and handed her and her team a single sheet of paper. "We've got less than ...
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Can anyone help poor Fblthp?

my name is Fblthp, and I am completely lost. I don't know the location of my home planet, and given the barriers in language and culture, I can't tell you its name in any meaningful manner either. The ...
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Where did I go on this trip?

I went on a trip yesterday. However I can't quite remember where I went. All I have is my diary entry for yesterday, but I'm struggling to make out where it was I went still. Maybe you can help? ...
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There are 2,001 doors leading to 2,001 hallways. How quickly can you find the way out?

Once again, you have angered the Emperor, and she has imprisoned you in a special prison. “I do have a bit of good news for you,” the Emperor has told you. “You're only two doors away from freedom, ...
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The calamitous Captain Clumsy

I'm a communications engineer with the Royal Navy - it's a great job, and usually I love it. But there is this one guy who absolutely grinds my gears. I call him 'Captain Clumsy' (not to his face, ...
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A book of mystery - Page III

SHOOVER GOT PAGE 2 (THE ANSWER TO WHICH WAS MCDONALD'S ISLINGTON) AND SOLVE PAGE THREE TO GET A HINT TO SOLVE THE NEXT PAGE. Just as was for solving the first Page number three had started to burst ...
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Ode to a Nightingale: a puzzling study in literary criticism

The field of literary criticism is an interesting and fruitful one, in which puzzlers might carve out a niche. This was recently brought home by a conversation I had with a sagacious old gentleman in ...
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A book of mystery - Page II

I AM SORRY ABOUT THE LAST PUZZLE IN WHICH I MESSED UP THE NUMBERS BUT BEASTLYGERBIL EVENTUALLY GOT THE ANSWER WHICH WAS 'THIS CODE BELONGS TO SAM'. ENJOY! Once the first riddle was solved The ...
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Interplanetary blips and bleeps

Things were quite different in 3000 AD. We'd discovered other planets with sentient life for instance. Five to be precise. Adam, Bill, Carl, Dave, and Eric we called them, and we used the lately ...
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Daily Life of Mr.X

18 to 21: Search around internet like a blitz. 21 to 24: Exercise, both physically and mentally. 0 to 3: Direct and amplify a searchlight. 3 to 6: Forecast about cyclones twice. 6 to 9: Watch the ...
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A book of mystery - Page I

APOLOGIES AS THE FIRST SET OF NUMBERS WAS INCORRECT. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME WRITING A PROPER STORY RIDDLE SO EXCUSE ME IF IT'S NOT GREAT. YOU'LL GET A NEW PAGE OF THE BOOK EACH TIME YOU SOLVE THE LAST ...
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I have no idea what this means

Hmm? What's this? A room. Great. Great. As if the guards don't know I'm claustrophobic. There's a strange text on the wall: Ribna tifmagta resru, sunte no, renler sludted dtednsehnun rurdal slutakdal ...
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Zed's Mystery: Thetis… Vanished into Thin Air!

My friend Thetis and I cons— wait, where's Thetis? Hmm, that's funny... she was here a minute ago.... Wait, a note!... Oh dear, it seems things have taken a turn from bad to worse; Thetis is ...
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Predicting the future?

I was browsing my email one morning when I got this curious email: Date: February 17, 2020 Subject: Want to see the future? Hello, I am a clairvoyant who can predict the future. I have made a fortune ...
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A timely late arrival in The Future

It is The Future, and you're living in it. Flying cars haven't arrived yet, but self-driving cars are a thing. Sort of. After the latest AI uprising, integrated route planners were banned: you have ...
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We found text from the year 2040!

Recently, the first surviving examples of text from the ███████████████e discovered! The unearthed artifacts included a collection of rectangular tablets inscribed in the hitherto unknow███████████████...
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The message is hidden in plain site

You’re an agent for the very secret PSE – Protection against Stupidity Establishment. The agency tries to prevent people doing stupid things, before they do them. You’ve been given a random email ...
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Candy jars with mixed lids [duplicate]

One day Nasrudin went to a candy store where the owner had mistakenly mixed the lids of three candy jars, leaving each one wrongly labeled. One contained peppermint candies, another contained ...
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The StackVille Dragon Curses

The Dragons Each of three villages in StackVille is being tormented by a robotic AI dragon living in a cave above the town. The villages are Arquade, Ubutu, and Tezos. Why? The town's Robotic ...
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Zed's Garden: Nothing But Flowers

My friend Etta and I constantly pay visits to each other. Etta runs a little flower shop down the street from my house, so naturally I try to stop on by while I gad about town, and sometimes I'll even ...
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The Alchemist leaves a trail

I discovered the entrance to the secret passage in the first chapter of the Alchemist. The stone-walled corridor curved to the right and downwards towards a source of light emanating from a chamber ...
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The escape of Beastly Gerbil

The finale of a three part series: Part 1 - The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil Part 2 - The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil I have a lot to think about... firstly I disappeared for two years, and now ...
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Loophole in anti-sex laws

There is only one country on Earth, Oceania. It's a totalitarian society ruled by a person with title "the Greatest Of Dictators" (G.O.D. for short). There are videocameras everywhere, citizens of ...
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The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil

Part 1: The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil Part 3: The escape of Beastly Gerbil I've been trapped here for what feels like forever. This is all I've known. Darkness. The occasional flash of light, ...
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The Alchemist goes missing

He hadn't been responding to emails for days. When he was deeply involved in his work, delays were not uncommon, but not this long. Something was clearly amiss. Something had happened to my long time ...
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An awesome but unusual concert

Some times ago, I went to a concert, somewhere south of where I lived. Security had canines, but those were very unruly and attacked each other. When setting up my tent, I wanted to use a stone to ...
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A Grid with some Green Cells

So a friend wanted me to try out the reverse-puzzling riddle he created. It consisted of a 4x4 grid with a digit in each cell and a single closed loop drawn along the edges of its cells. Also some of ...
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Zed's Dance: Disarray and Cabaret

All this talk about my friends and I... it's about time I announced myself for a change! I'm kinda nervous about this because — let's face it — I'm an odd-ball. Take, for example, the ...
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The Old Man and the Police Officer

An old man walks into a Police Station. He asks for help. A Police Officer on duty asks a short question. The old man is scared and starts sweating. The officer grabs that old man from ...
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The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil

Part 2: The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil Part 3: The escape of Beastly Gerbil This is an unusual call in. As a private detective you have been asked to investigate several odd cases, but this you're ...
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Puzzle Hunt 06: Stepping Stones

This is part six in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series, but can be solved on its own. The story carries on from part five. Based on the information from the notebook, you at least know where ...
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Food Fight! (An extended VowelBurger™ puzzle…)

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here (and all its many clones!) The food hall was a mess. A massive fight had broken out among the proprietors of the five burger stands stationed around the ...
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It's my sister's birthday

I'd ordered her a cake, but when I got to the bakery to pick it up, the cake decorator had transposed the digits of her age. "She'll thank you for the compliment," I said, "but her age is a prime ...
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Puzzle Hunt 05: Reading between the lines

This is part five in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series. The story carries on from part four. With the delicate backdrop of celestial nursery rhymes, you decide to flick through the discovered ...
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Zed's Order: Breakfast at Elon's

My friend Elon and I constantly irritate each other. He recently built himself a rather respectable restaurant – a sort of bed-&-breakfast, minus the beds. Last week, he asked if I could ...
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The Order's First Member

Due to your reputation, you have been contacted by the organiser of a secret society. Each member of the group is a genius and a master in their field, but their identities and professions are a ...
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Such a simple task!

"Gosh-darn-dag-nab-it-to-tarnation!" Jimmy hear's Darlene yell from across the farm. Figuring he'd better go face this head on, he heads towards the barn. "What the hell happened Jimmy? You were just ...
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4 (or 5?) Brothers

Each brother tells us a bit about themselves. Can you identify their names? 1: "I'm the oldest of us, at least to you humans. You all say I'm weaker than my brothers, but my domain is infinite - a ...
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Find the location of the royal artifacts

London, 13:20 While media and experts are still baffled on how Inspector Arbor caught Norman Erdmann (can you solve it? See here) Arbor himself has no time to rest. Police has already questioned ...
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Max and Lisa are arguing again

Shortly after this conversation, Max and Lisa had another argument: Max: Huh? What's going on? Lisa: You're browsing the web with your smartphone instead of paying attention! Max: I was sending ...
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What is the word that both of them are talking about?

Context: Both Max and his friend Lisa have been told a word by their teacher and their conversation goes as follows: Max: "What was the word that teacher told us again?" Lisa: "What? Why weren't ...
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Catching the thief before it's too late

London, 17:15. Inspector Arbor wasn't quite happy with the current situation. Normally, he would have enjoyed this sunny Saturday outside at the Park but now wasn't the time for that. Valuable ...
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A message told thrice

In front of me, there's a shadow of a man; he speaks to me thus; (1) Despite your most desperate wishes, I am a bet you cannot beat. To be content with me is to know peace of mind. Know this: of ...
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Zed's Tech: Something Went Wrong With My Bubblizer!

My friend Della and I constantly try to invent things. We're currently working on a patent for a wondrous machine which we both designed: the magnificent Bubblizer! What does it do? Well... right now,...
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A tour of my tower

A new riddle - I don't think it should give anyone too much trouble! Let me show you my building - do you like the lovely green carpet? All the rooms are connected by these hallways. ...
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Which direction will Xech be facing? [closed]

Xech is a shiny new robot on it’s first day of work. Xech's job is to move packages and product around a warehouse that is used by Xechry merchants, keep things neat, tidy, and efficient. At 9:00am ...

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