Questions tagged [story]

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

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The Box of Tic-Tacs

You were kidnapped and had no way of escape. The kidnapper opens the lights, and in front of you is an opened box of Tic-Tacs. He claims that he ate from 0-5 Tic-Tacs, (with 60 from the newly-bought ...
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Who was this girl?

In a country full of ancient trees known as the Republic of the Golden Bear, in what would have been the 8th month of the year, a girl was born. Victor, her Papa, went into the capital to announce her ...
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Judgment-free construction of a playlist

Alice and Bob are planning a long car trip and need to come up with a playlist for it. For any given song, they have one of four opinions on it: "That's, like, my favorite song ever" (love), ...
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A Puzzling Playlist

My friend loves puzzles, and one day I walked into her room while she was listening to music. I asked what she was listening to, and she listed off the albums in her playlist: Accustomed to Nothing - ...
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This escape room was terrible! Did I do something wrong?

Someone told me that I should put a link to Fortnightly Topic Challenge #50: Escape Rooms... whatever that is, sure. PSE, I need your help. I just got back from the worst escape room experience I've ...
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The Last Challenge

This question is a continuation of this one, and you might want to read it if you haven't already. 'Another code-name,' I think. 'There's no way that's his real name'. Nonetheless, I type in '...
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The Thief's ®341 Name

This question is continuation of this one. You might want to read that if you haven't already. 'That's it' I thought. 'B3TA_Z3R0' should be the thief's code-name. Typing that in the 4th monitor's ...
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An altered Alan Parrish question

I was wondering around on Puzzling when I saw this question posted three days ago. It is a great puzzle and it reminded me me about another puzzle a saw a long ...
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What is the thief's name?

This is a continuation of this question, and you might want to read it if you haven't already. I rub my eyes. A slight gap between my eyelids tells me that the Deputy-Inspector has been shaking me. ...
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The Perplhexing Mystery

There has been a jailbreak in my (imaginary) town. And I, a Junior Detective of the town, have gone to investigate this. As I reach the police station, an inspector comes out to greet me. No doubt he ...
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The Alan Parrish question

Two stereotypical british gentlemen that don't know each other engage in this unusual conversation (it's almost as if they were a setup for a puzzle): Gentleman A - Hello sir, I'll have you know that ...
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An Evil Cartesian Psycho

I came up with this puzzle when I was in high school. There is an island owned by an evil man who keeps some tourists who were visiting the island a few years ago captive. The authorities demanded ...
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The Heart of the Matter, a Sergeant Sequence mystery (fan-fic)

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage Thanks to @Stiv for permission to take Sgt. Sequence out for another spin on KWIZ NITE! "This case is going nowhere, Sequence.&...
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What was I supposed to do?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage I've had the strangest day. Today I was invited to play in a chess tournament (or so I thought). As a keen (and pretty good) chess ...
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Sergeant Sequence dodges a bullet

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #49: Pub Quiz Camouflage After a long day at the office with little to show for it, an evening at The Badger and Biscuit (his favourite pub) was exactly what ...
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A Cryptic Combination

My friend couldn't make it to school today, but wanted me to grab his backpack from his locker for him. He told me he had a combination lock, and sent the following message, saying "There's one ...
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A talk with Four Brothers

Once upon a time, on going to the small park nearby to take some fresh air, I met four quite peculiar brothers and had a talk with them. Each had a different story to tell. The first two brothers ...
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Interns & Errands

Going through the to-do list given to him by his bright-eyed boss, a wizard finds the following shopping list: a shaving of licorice root a red dragon's scale a lodestone and iron filings a drop of ...
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Stop BorgBot before it's too late!

There was a deafening metallic thunk as the rogue AI locked the door of the PuzzlingCorp server room, trapping the engineers inside. A countdown appeared on the computer screen... and began counting ...
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In the Cover of Darkness

I awoke in a mysterious desert wasteland that I didn't recognize. I looked around and saw nothing as far as I could see, except for the oddly rhythmic storm in the distance. Reaching for my phone, I ...
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The number that counts [closed]

The kids were discussing fiercely during the school break (ah, those were the times!). The subject: Bragging about who can count up to the highest number. John said "I can do 20". Jolene ...
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Encore! : a cryptic crossword

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox, and a screenshot of said PDF is available on Imgur.If you'd like to solve digitally, there is also a template ...
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is this puzzle HARD enough for you?

My OH my! Seems like you’ve just been kidnapped and brought to an extremely Secret Club underground — a rigid yet well-structured society that guarantees luxury and opulence to its members: promising ...
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Shipwreck hunting

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" My Uncle Redbeard, the great sailor and shipwreck-hunter, is in trouble and needs my help! This morning a mysterious ...
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In Any Case… : a cryptic crossword

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox. A screenshot of the PDF is available below. This puzzle is an entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge 46, "...
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Oops! All Acros--

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox. A screenshot of the PDF is available below. This puzzle is an entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge 46, "...
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The Maze of Hermes

An entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" THE QUEST I have been running a role-playing game, in which my friend plays a halfling named Ptolic. Recently, Ptolic ...
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Not Bluebeard's Castle

This puzzle was intended to be formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox, and a screenshot of said PDF is hosted on Imgur. If you'd like to solve digitally, there is also a template ...
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My sister has gone Puzzled again

I once got a letter from my younger sister. It reads :- Hello brother, How are you? I am fine. I have seen you have given me a lot of gifts, thank you for that. Here's a present from my side. Since I ...
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But She Don't Care

Eve was visiting Alice and Carol's house and looking through the stuff on their side table, as she does. Eventually, Alice came back from the kitchen and Eve waved a piece of paper she had found in ...
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RIP Puzzling! (#2)

Last puzzle: RIP Puzzling! (#1) So, you turn off dark mode, and things seem normal at first, but then you see a message at the bottom in red that looked something like this... Hahaaaha! What are you ...
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A Cryptic Morality Tale

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" So this puzzle uses the term cryptic in multiple senses. On the one hand, it is cryptic in the sense that there are ...
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Detective Dad is on the case!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" The house was quiet... Suspiciously so. The father of the house knew immediately that something was wrong. A crime had ...
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RIP Puzzling! (#1)

May 28, 2024 - On htttps://puzzling2.exchange.com/ The workflow of questions is normal, everything is good on this new site; yet let's see what's happening on our father site, the great htttps://...
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A Cryptic Tale Indeed!

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #46: "Tales From the Cryptic" We begin with the most abnormal, rosiest fables of twisted form, driven into the heart of endless deed. It is a dark ...
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Can boys be mean too? YES!

Recently, I found this question: Girls are Mean! which I wanted to strike back at with twice the amount of swords... And here's the story. Hello, I am Dr. Bonn and I am willing to find out if boys ...
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Ohh, NSA Again? #2

This puzzle is the second part of story Ohh, NSA again?. Hope like this story. Here it is: John got the target, it was Stack. Problem is, it can be Stack Overflow or Stack Exchange. Another problem ...
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On a budget with my travel agent

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags "Hey Pat, I got your latest tour brochure. It looks really fun; you know I love military history! But times are tough, and I did ask you for ...
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Ohh, NSA Again?

So I decided to write this puzzle with a story, something like that, hope you like it. Happy puzzling! Here is a story: The undercover agent John had infiltrated a terrorist cell. They were planning ...
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Captain Clumsy's crummy communication

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags Captain Clumsy never ceases to amaze me... This morning I was down at the dockside when I heard a shout from a nearby ship. Steeling myself, I ...
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Who murdered His Majesty the King?

Furious, the chief officer of London's police force stood in the foyer of the late Majesty's mansion, trying to compose himself. Sitting before him were the three suspects, Toby and Ned (whom he'd ...
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“I claim this corner of the world for Britain!” - What game are Alex and Brooke playing?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags Alex and Brooke are playing a game. I've transcribed their conversation below. Can you make sense of it? Alex: I claim this corner of the world for ...
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Outsmarting a Con (sales) man

During a fun filled golf event vendors have set up stalls offering different things to participants like golf gear, food, clothing etc. Participants can also win gifts in putting contests, drives and ...
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4 Talking Clams, and treasure

After going to the depths of the ocean, you have finally reached it: the ultimate treasure of the world. However, when you go inside the sacred treasure room, you are presented with the Four Clams. ...
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The Case of the Poisoned Poet

I was in my office, trying to officiate a disagreement between Misters Jack Daniels and Jim Beam, when the dame walked in. She wore a slinky dress and glasses so dark all I could see in them was the ...
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Sergeant Sequence calls for back-up

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #42: Wordless Connecting Walls "Sequence, get in here! Your man's definitely up to something!" The mood at Headquarters was tense. Sergeant Sequence ...
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Professor Panini's Password

You should have woken up this morning squealing with excitement. As a historical phonology student, you will be among the select few accompanying the renowned Professor Panini on one of the first ...
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Where is the pilot flying to? (Fifth Destination)

This is the fourth in a series of puzzles where the answer will always be an international airport. Previous puzzles can be found first, second, third, and fourth. The puzzles are all independent, but ...
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Where is the pilot flying to? (Fourth destination)

This is the fourth in a series of puzzles where the answer will always be an international airport. Previous puzzles can be found first, second, and third. The puzzles are all independent, but follow ...
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What's the Combination?

Hacker Harry really wants to get into the server room at a local dot com company, so he dressed up as a phone repairman and planted some bugs in the break room to listen in on the workers. Sure enough,...

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