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

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Cookie Unionization

My Christmas cookies are gone! When I came into the kitchen this morning, the box was empty. All that remained were a few crumbs and this note: We absconded. You never saw that coming, did you? Well, ...
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A Valentine's nonoGram

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #5: On-and-onograms The story is not needed to solve the puzzle. Recently, I've been cleaning out my room, more notably my box of old documents. ...
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the show: a country’s fashion show

Go straight to puzzles with nickels! Ahhhh… ladies and gentlemen, lads and lassies, welcome to… The COUNTRIES ANNUAL FASHION SHOW! So, here are the main countries!!! Here we have Germany, in Deutsch ...
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The Bee Lover's Hotel

Dr Bees likes bees. Dr Bees is not his real name, but that is what everybody calls him. I should actually say that he is obsessed with bees. Bees are his whole life. He knows everything about them. ...
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Reviving the Ruins of Number Kingdom

The great wizard Factorial surveyed the empty buildings with an ever-increasing sense of dread. The staff of recursion he held was incredibly powerful and could do great damage in the wrong hands. In ...
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The Case of the Filched Fanfiction

The cops called me to advise on a case in a McMansion at the corner of Kirk Street and Spock Avenue. Normally I don't work with the 5-0 (or the Colombo, for that matter) but they were insistent and ...
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Natalya, Natalya?

It was on the day of his 29th birthday that Lucas–while on vacation in Santiago–met the two years older bartender Isabella. They soon got married and moved back to the city of San Rafael, Argentina, ...
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please hold: a country’s job

It’s been a while, huh? You have a job now. Surfing through the U.N.’s (or is it UN’s) papers to sort them. Oh, a new pack of ‘em. 1) Germany said today some words: follows: The is, indeed (4) Ice, ...
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A curious incident [duplicate]

You are a detective and have been for the past 20 years. Pretty experienced if you think about it. One day you were at your office when suddenly the telephone rang. It was your assistant. Tring!!!! ...
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King Bob's money making machine

King Bob has tons of gold and silver, and he wishes to introduce a new currency to his kingdom. He orders a custom coin printing machine to be built for producing the gold and silver coins. He wishes ...
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The four knights (rileys)

Four knights were on four hills, some on higher hills than others. The first spoke, and he said: “I begin with my “for” noun, then the one next to me is tumblin’ down, then I… um… ummmm… yeah that’s ...
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The Old Brazen Head

While walking through the forest, on the way to confess to your crush, you come upon an old house. Outside of this house is an old, damaged Brazen Head, with a hastily wired coin-slot appended beside ...
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Pi is a perfect square!

Explaining math is hard, but when 'squaring the circle' came up in class, I could not resist to explain the connection between circles and squares. I started easy by introducing Pythagoras' theorem ...
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Reconstruct the lost labyrinth of Knossos

A contribution to the Monthly Topic Challenge #3: Pencil and Paper Games series This is another improbable story. If you want to skip it scroll to the bottom. The story is not necessary or even ...
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A 1-D labyrinth

Bob is busy saving the world on Puzzling Stack Exchange by tracking down yet another super-villain. Alice rushes in holding a long paper. A: I made a discovery you will like. B: I am not on Facebook. ...
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Dark time in prison

You wake up. It is pitch dark. You don't know where you are. You feel groggy. The last thing you remember is being in a bar, a sexy young woman appeared out of nowhere, walked straight at you, ...
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Sergeant Sequence faces his toughest (IQ) test yet

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody Lando had never felt so nervous. The Badger and Biscuit's 'KWIZ NITE' was only minutes away from starting, and he had just ...
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The Oracle's IQ Test

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #2: IQ Puzzle Parody I was feeling pretty confident and secure about my intellect so I decided to ask the Oracle for her opinion. I sent her a ...
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Who owns The Golden Pie Café?

It's the early second millennium, and we're in Italy's two-dimensional cartesian world, and look, Mr.X has just opened a new café—The Golden Pie Café! He's put a lot of thought into constructing the ...
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Objects in Mirror

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx and is based on https://xkcd.com/1125/. [Penpa link at the bottom, if you want to skip the story] Objects in Mirror ....
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A logic puzzle with some lateral thinking

Original puzzle below created by me. The writing is... to be honest, not that good, but it's a puzzle. Focus on the puzzle part. Your name is John D. Tectif, and you're looking for 4 notorious ...
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File Extensions

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx I’ve been tasked with auditing a certain computer. I was advised that the owner of the computer might have deleted ...
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A Letter and Puzzle From Grandma

[ EDIT: It's OK to skip the long, boring letter for now, and go straight to Stage 1 of the puzzle.] Dear Grandson, I could use a break, so I came to your grandpa's farm to unwind. However, woe to me! ...
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Upside-Down Map

This puzzle is part of the Monthly Topic Challenge #1: Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx. The streets and addresses are fictional. It's your friend again; they've moved to a new address (you already know ...
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Is this maths equation leading me through the first or second door?

I needed to speak to my professor who has gone into hiding. I followed her directions, leading me underneath the university until I got to corridor with two doors, labeled with the Roman Numerals: I ...
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If the door in Monty Hall is opened by a person without knowledge of where the prize is, and also does not reveal prize, do the odds change?

Here is the quiz variant. After the candidate chooses one door for the first time, and before the master (who knows which door hides the prize) intentionally opens another one to reveal no prize, an ...
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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

EDIT 9/20/22: I have found a mistake in the puzzle, and have provided a hint to help get through it. The hint is not there strictly because of the mistake, and was intended to be added anyway (adding ...
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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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