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

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Flip-Flop Firefly Frenzy

Recently, your band of adventurers took on a sketchy merchant who claimed to have a map and password to the Lost Laboratory of Alfonso the Absentminded, an enchanter of great talent and greater ...
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Help me unlock an old laptop

My nerdy roommate has some really important notes for an upcoming exam and he won't give them to me! So I stole his laptop and now I need to find the password, which is why I'm here. I think you'll ...
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Can I Date This Woman?

So, I'm 46 years old and browsing a dating site. This woman's profile has no photo, but it has me interested in a date with her. However, it just says that she is "under 100". Is she within ...
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Discworld (Spider Solitaire Version)

Here is yet another Spider Solitaire short story and puzzle (Disclaimer: I do not have a Bachelor of Arts in creative writing). Once upon a time there lived a number of $N$ wooden circular discs. All ...
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Diamond Rush: Back to... um

It is summer in the Pse School Of Logicians, and everyone studying there is dying for a break (they absolutely hate school, and can do anything to get out of it). And because the teachers there are ...
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Dishonest dungeon staff

You are faced with the difficult task to set up a dungeon for adventurers. However you made a deal with the guild: any adventurer brave enough to beat the dungeon and reach the treasure room will be ...
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You probably don't have the courage to solve this. (THE LIST: PART 1)

ONE DAY, YOU WERE SCROLLING ON YOUR PHONE WHEN, YOUR MOM TEXTED YOU. READ THE STRING OF TEXTS: MOM: Hi honey! On the counter, I have put a list for you to do. But, keep in mind that one step is ...
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Read the story and fill in the blank space

A BOOK YOU CAN READ TO YOUR KIDS. On one of those dim nights, Ed and Nita thought that it feels like a perfect night to paint pictures. After Ed finished painting his, he asked Nita what she thought. “...
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Security To The Party: Revisited 01: Null and None

10,000 random people from around the world have been invited to Mr. Foo's birthday party, and they are all very excited for it. However, he has devised a security system so only the smartest people ...
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Four-cornered cow inheritance

While travelling down a road in a socialist country you meet a group of four young men and women sitting in the front porch of their house, with a lively cattle ranch adjoining. "Our father died, ...
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Why, crystal ball? Why?

I stare deep into my crystal ball, allowing it to reflect myself, to encompass everything of who I am. Through my reflection on its surface, I gaze into its misty, murky depths, hoping to catch a ...
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A Spelling Bee Champion And Some Bewildered Children

At this year's International English Spelling Bee For 10 Year Olds, the contest came down to four children. The judges decided to give each child two words to spell. No two children were given the ...
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Murder Mystery. Who is the killer?

There is a riddle about a Murder Mystery. My friend, who is studying law, gave me this puzzle. It was originally given to him by his professor, who often gives puzzles to his students. There are 7 ...
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Mr. Martin And The Mismanaged Airport Terminal

There is a small international airport in Greece. It has just 6 gates, lined up from 1 to 6 going away from the front desk. Tickets here only have the last names of passengers and gate numbers clearly ...
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So, where am I going now?

First there was nothing and my head began, I've sent my messages, finished and ran I've sent out my stuff, but where is it? Okay, I've got it, but ring the bell And step back one and play your guitar ...
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Just how many logs can two woodchucks chuck in a minute?

Disaster has struck on your tree farm! You drove up yesterday from the city to find that just over half of your trees were down! Your trees had been set up in a 21x21 grid, and it looked like a random ...
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Yes, but... where am I?

Emergency services recently received a puzzling distress call from someone claiming to be lost: Hint A: Caller: Hello? Can you hear me? Responder: Yes, I can hear you. What's your situation? Caller: ...
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A phone call from Derek

Today I got a phone call from my Australian mate Derek and it went something like this: D: Help!! Things have gone real fzfzfz during the holiday trip to Thailand!! Me: Oh!!! How can I help and what’s ...
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Escape from a Grand Canyon

This is part 44 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Can you help me out here? I am trapped inside a small room that’s locked from the ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #24 (Sports and Leisure 4/4): Color Pattern

This is part 24 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. It’s been a tricky day. After yesterday’s eventful ...
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Someone is going to get fired for this!

A fire has erupted in at a house. When the fire department arrives three people, Riley, Billy, and Bob, are all trapped inside the house. Riley is conscious and able to call out of a window for help,...
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Python Conundrum 3: A Dwarven Vault

Python Conundrum: The Series. While exploring an abandoned dwarven fortress, your party notices a faint glow on the wall. You put your torch on the wall and decide to look around: A massive stone ...
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A Trivial Pursuit #11 (Science and Nature 2/4): The Search

This is part 11 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end. Okay, let me tell you a story... I’ve got a terrible ...
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Nonogram with story

Fellow puzzlers, here's a nonogram I made for you. But it also has a story! Two bored male casino dealers are waiting at the craps table. A very attractive blond woman arrives and bets $20,000 on a ...
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Puzzling Pelican Pebbles

Story Setup It's Percy the Pelican's first day running the front desk of his master's magical pebble shop. His job is to fetch pebbles from the stock room to fulfill customer orders. The stock room ...
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The nameless horror

Long ago, we defeated the nameless horror that plagued our lands. We thought it was gone forever, but now ____. It's currently approaching our village roaring with ____ laugh, and witnesses say its ...
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Dear Spider-Man

deAr spider-man, you stopped me once before but nOt this time again. what you do not understand is That evolution is inevItable. i am merely speeding up this process. yes, people will become weird dry-...
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Poor Farmer Ned

Farmer Ned bought a pasture surrounded by a beautiful wooden fence. He built a dividing fence and moved his horses to one end and his cows to the other. But the next day, most of his new neighbors ...
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Caught in the storage maze, part 2

One of your sister's former friends has gotten herself lost in a storage room in some abandoned building, and you've decided to go capture her and turn her in. However, when you enter you realize ...
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Ambiguities Make Arguments

Linda and Matthew were given a word, 11 letters. Linda: Well, we can use this word for water. Matthew: Huh? It sounds like you don't know water is made of atoms. Linda: What? What about using this ...
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An Infinitude of Perfidious Pupils

Here's an original puzzle I created. Enjoy! A teacher had infinitely many students, and he referred to them by the designations $\text{Student } 0$, $\text{Student } 1$, $\text{Student } 2$, and so on....
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Lost in a maze with your shadow

In the heart of a mysterious labyrinth, you, the intrepid explorer, found yourself accompanied by a peculiar shadow of yourself, both adorned in distinct blue attire. This enigmatic doppelgänger ...
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An Infinitude of Deceptive Devourers

Here's an original puzzle by me. I hope you enjoy! A mother had infinitely many children, with the following names: $\text{Albert}_1$, $\text{Albert}_2$, $\text{Albert}_3$, … , $\text{Beth}_1$, $\text{...
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Caught in the storage maze

Two of your sister's former friends have gotten themselves lost in a storage room in some abandoned building. While your girlfriend managed to get one of them out, the other one apparently got turned ...
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Escape from the storage maze, part 2

A former colleague and a friend of his have gotten themselves lost in a storage room in some abandoned building, so having nothing better to do you head out to try and rescue them. As you reach the ...
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Escape from the storage maze

Your girlfriend's half-brother and his friend have gotten themselves lost in a storage room in some abandoned building. Luckily, you were nearby enough to break in to help them. As you reach the ...
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A and B don't know their own values

() isn't used mathematically in this puzzle. () means that whatever is inside should be evaluated in the most suitable and ...
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More than meets the eye

A friend of mine is an artist, and painted this for me. She told me that "there's more than meets the eye," whatever that could mean. I suppose it makes for a nice painting, though. What am ...
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Spider Solitaire Puzzle - Can You Help Joe Bloggs Achieve His Goal?

It was yet another dreary Friday afternoon. Hardly anybody to talk to and the internet connection was flaky as usual. And the less said about his latest performance review the better. Hardly anything ...
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Bob wants revenge on his evil boss

Bob wants revenge on his evil boss, so he devises a cunning plan. He writes a request to visit three American cities, and then gets his boss to approve it. Bob then instead travels to six locations, ...
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Patrick Terne Wants to Be a Millionaire

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #9: Game/Quiz Shows. Sergeant Sequence had it all sussed out at last - his nemesis Patrick Terne was funding his criminal operations via an enormous ...
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Whose garden centre did we visit?

So my mum and I were in a garden centre the other day, run by a large British organisation. Of course, garden centres sell all kinds of things, including home decoration. They had some jarred candles ...
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Warning!! We need to rescue Mr. Greg

Greg, our Server Security Admin, was locked up today in his own Server Room. (Yeah, quite crazy I know). The guy had forgotten the password to unlock his door. Fortunately he had saved the password on ...
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Black to move. Find all possible #-1

In the middle of researching a new chess AI by pitting bots against each other, the researchers notice the below position just before Black wins on the next move. They are confounded for a minute ...
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A mysterious message from space

A friend of yours calls you late one night, seemingly very excited about something. He's speaking quickly, and you can't really make out what he's trying to tell you. From what you can understand, he ...
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The Order of Ptolemy: The Initiation

You enter the room and hear the click of the door behind you. On a stone altar of light marble, there are three small statues overlooking 12 cards laid out in neat rows upon the smooth surface. An ...
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Trochaic hexameter

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #7: Board games. I was visiting the club yesterday, and I saw some people playing a weird word game araound a table. They use Scrabble-like tiles ...
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My friend does some strange things with the candles on his birthday cake [duplicate]

I went to my friend's birthday party yesterday. It was a wonderful occasion, but something about it puzzled me. I was in the kitchen with him while he was preparing his cake. He pulled a small number ...
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Unconditional Love: A Journey of Two Souls

And now, a 500 word excerpt from ChatGPT's new book, "Unconditional Love: A Journey of Two Souls," available now on Amazon First Reads - free with Prime. With laughter, Oscar and Vivian ...
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Coded Message From Research Facility

At 5:15AM yesterday a cryptic radio transmission was received from a top-secret research facility which lasted about 6 minutes. After that we were unable to reestablish contact for nearly an hour. The ...
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