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Questions tagged [story]

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

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Sally's older brother

Sally smiles at her older brother and says, "Happy 30th birthday!" He shakes his head and replies, "I'm not 30 yet, but you are!" How is this possible?
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The Brief Puzzle Hunt

Recently, I was invited to give a speech during the kickoff phase of a local puzzlehunt. I’ve almost finished writing my first draft, but I just can’t figure out the best way to end it off. Can you ...
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Dragons and Dragon Slayers

In the Kingdom, there are 7 dragons and 7 dragon slayers. Each dragon has ($\text{index}\times10000$) hit points (i.e. $10,000\to70,000$). Each dragon slayer does ($\text{index}\times1000$) damage (i....
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What's In The Box?

Welcome to Archie's Fun House! I would like to begin by thanking you for paying us a visit today. This is a craaaaaazy place indeed! Today though, we have something rather special waiting for you. It'...
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Blindfold Bingo

Congratulations, you have been selected from among the audience to compete in the fabulous Blindfold Bingo challenge! (cue annoying, yet catchy theme music.) Here you see our perfectly ordinary Bingo ...
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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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Charlie's geography presentation

Okay, so hi everyone. I’m Charlie and I’d like to talk to you about my home country, the United States of America. We’re the third most populous nation in the world (after China and India), have the ...
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Hamlet and the theatre

Hamlet is preparing a play to find out the truth about his father's death. The theatre has $2015$ numbered seats and can contain all the members of King Claudius's court. He gives to each member a ...
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Sabotage at Sea - Cursed Cruise liner?

(Warning: Heavy reading incoming. I suggest writing stuff down...) It's now the year 2150, and you're one of the few people who didn't leave earth twenty years ago. Why? A deadly disease overtook the ...
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An Aklahp Mystery

You are a detective in the city of Aklahp, which has had some problems with crime in the past. It used to be just simple burglary or breaking an entering, but things have been getting worse recently. ...
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The P̷̱̚ ȁ̶͈ r̵͝ͅ å̷̡ d̷̹̑ o̸̙̓ x̵̀ͅ i̵͜͠ u̵̼̓ m̷̬̏ // Lock I

You walk into the cave. Strangely enough, you don't know why you walked into the cave. . . Wait second, What is "the cave" anyways? Where is "here"? Why are you "here"? And ...
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A simple murder mystery puzzle that I came up with

A woman was found dead in her apartment. She was hanging from the ceiling but the detectives deduced that it was not suicide because of the bruises on her body (indicating a struggle) and the mess in ...
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Detention in 1997

As summer break is coming up, you have started to misbehave in school, getting sent to detention quite often. On June 20th, something interesting happened, and made detention a little more fun. You ...
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Why is my question off-topic? [dupIicate] [closed]

⠀⠀⠀￰⠀⠀⠀I have an old puzzle I half-remember. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀It was a great puzzle, and I remember the solution. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I could not for the life of me remember how the solution worked. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀I must have been ...
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A manager's dilemma

A sports manager was walking nervously on the street. It was a stressful time for him and he didn't know what to do. Two of their biggest stars had drunkenly trashed another hotel room after a ...
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Go Pregnant or Go Home

A love story: First, we met on the dance floor at this place playing loud music. Soon after we were madly in love! Before I knew it, we were engaged to be married. Now, here I am in the backyard ...
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A strange message full of dice came in my mail

So I got a package today that contained the strangest contents. It was a set of dice, each of them numbered in one of the corners. Arranged, this is what numbers or characters displayed on each dice, ...
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Bob has never been a M before

Bob has never been a M before. He boards a plane in his home state. Shortly after takeoff, he becomes a M. Nobody else on the plane is a M. When he arrives at his destination, he's no longer a M. ...
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A Trivial Diagnosis

"It's the same stuff over and over, doc." "Can you try to explain it?" "OK. Well, at first... I—I feel high. My eyes are red, I can't breathe; I feel crazy!" "What else?" "There's ...
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Where will this killer strike next?

I'm going to try something new here... this puzzle is going to play out in real-time, so if it remains unsolved long enough the final objective will change. That'll be bad news for some fictional ...
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You surely don't want to score 100/100

The Story: Today, the Maths quizzes are handed out by the teacher. You got 100/100. Everyone got 100/100. But you're not happy with it. Everyone's not happy with it. You want to ...
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This is why they call me “Book Smart”

So, I was walking alon g, bothering nobo dy one day when, out of nowh ere, this c razy person came out of a bookshop and t hrew a book ca lled 'Tolerance' at me. It broke my sp ine. That's when I lea ...
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Who attempted to betray the Boston King?

The Castle of Weshire recently declared war on the Castle of Boston. The two armies soon met, the Boston King and Weshire King giving out orders from behind their lines of soldiers, surround by their ...
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Snooping Around the Garbage

So you're a spy for ACorp, which is snooping around in the BCorp (competitor) garbage truck. You just found a note that might've had their computer system password; however, where's the username? The ...
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My three little friends - a riddle with a story

Hi everyone, solve this riddle: I have three friends, they're all little... another world is where they live, wherein there can be no eclipse. My closest friend is the first one, always follows me ...
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Oops, that dumb coworker didn't tell me the password

Today, after moving to the new office, you realize that the previous occupant didn't leave the password. Oops... But he did leave a note. What is the password? atchiinson, ttopeka, and santa fe ...
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“Murder!”, said the knight

It is the middle of a moonless night when the people of Birmingham are awakened by a scream coming from the streets. Someone has been murdered, they soon hear, but no body was found. Everyone gathers ...
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My Grandpa's Box #1

My grandpa died last month. At the reading of his will, he left me a strange wooden box. A post-it-note on the side read "You were always good at puzzles." There was a number lock on the front that ...
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The restaurant water incident

There were 4 kids; 3 brothers and a friend. They all went into a local restaurant and ordered some water. The friend bought the same water the brothers had, but paid more. Assume they all drank ...
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Riddle of Markburg

In a school located 3 kilometers below the city of Markburg. Alexander and his friend, Schim, talking about funny jokes but 1 hour later, Schim created a mysterious message with his pencil, coloring ...
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Mysterious loss of weight

Now an entry into Fortnightly Topic Challenge #41: Short and Sweet A man enters a room and presses a button. Within seconds he loses 20 lbs body weight. How did he lose the weight?
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Building a cheap road

The governor of Reniets (a land far, far away!) is known to be very stingy. He has to build a road which connects all the five cities in the region, which are oddly arranged on the vertices of a ...
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Shady business in the local paper

I work as a delivery man for our local newspaper and noticed something that has my alarm bells ringing. The embassy of Warfaretania has ordered exactly nine issues of our paper, from December 1 ...
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What does any of this have to do with chickens?

A few words about me: Whenever I need something investigated, I always turn to a 1990s dance artist. I have no problem travelling to the Free State, but will refuse to go further south ...
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Where is Billy? [closed]

You went on a walk with Billy but he got lost. Since you're his babysitter, you have to find him! He mentioned six different local places that he would have wanted to travel to: The park, the modern ...
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A puzzle-loving lady's phone number

After a long day, you head to your local bar for a couple of drinks. Halfway through your second beer, a pretty girl walks up to you and points to the empty chair next to you. "Is this seat taken?" ...
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Countries of World - Three Blocs

Two junior colleagues of mine came to me today morning. Both of them wearing a broad smile. I asked what the matter, what mischief are you guys planning. One of them just typed a URL on my computer. ...
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♦ Series - Getting a free donut

Introduction There is a way to get a free donut at a coffee shop near the Stack Exchange offices. However, you are required to solve a phrase and convert it into a single number. Codes You watch ...
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Crossword quest? Crossword quest

It's been some time since I found the "Two brothers" server. They were quite prominent indie-game-devs back when people programmed on flash. Now the only sign of them is this preview on the long-...
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Who killed Mr. Green, and Why?

One sun-shining day in London, Twelve people attended a party. They didn't know who was coming, But they hoped the time would be hearty. Four husbands and wives were attending, Each one of two boys ...
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Who killed Professor Thomas Eyebright, and why?

This morning at 10am, Professor Eyebright was found laying on the floor in his dining room in a pool of his own blood. Unfortunately, he had expired during the night. The police have five suspects: ...
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What happened to the boat?

A man wandered around on a boat, And fell through a hole in the hull; He was gobbled up by a shark, And then by a flock of seagulls. Three days later the man's ghost came back, To haunt the boat with ...
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Who is the reigning queen?

A boy and a girl (Jack and Jill) were playing chess. The girl played with Red pieces and the boy played with White pieces, untraditional colors but all traditional rules. Near the end of the game, it ...
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The Trolley Problem Revisited

A man decided to take the trolley to work one day. Along the journey, he discovered that the trolley driver has stepped off the trolley, and now no one was driving it. Determined to reach work on time,...
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The mysterious Sahara Desert murders {Story & Mystery} [closed]

Three people were driving through the Sahara desert one bright sunny day. The wind was blowing lightly, but the day was clear, and all seemed right with the world, despite their particular predicament....
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Unexpected Delay while Mixing Shots

You are hosting a party, and everything is going perfectly well, until you ask if anyone wants a kuulalaakeri shot. (In case you are not familiar with this highly treacherous Finnish beverage, it has ...
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The Unsolvable Mystery

Imagine one day, out of nowhere, someone emails you a cipher. You can't solve it, so you post it online. You ask people what it means. But all they tell you is, "Your friend must be up to something ...
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The Death of Violet Hunter

March 2019, USA: Star detective Shackle Losmer was sitting in his room when his assistant, Wat Johnson, burst in. "Detective Losmer!" "Hello, Wat," said Shackle, reading yesterday's newspaper while ...
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A Sequel: A Test or an ABC?

A Sequel for A Masterpiece: A mirror or an ABC? , thanks for all your support for that puzzle, and hope you like this! In a science quiz you scratched your head, For it was a puzzle nowhere it ...
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A strange day at the beach

You are enjoying a nice day the beach when suddenly you see a note and phone floating in a bottle marqued “FREE” and you wonder how they shoved the Iphone X+ in there. Then you realize that there is a ...