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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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An old inscription

A tribe that lived here centuries ago called the Rreiorclskl had been very mysterious until now: The only things known about them were that they liked poems, math and puzzles. However, very recently, ...
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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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The landing: part one (coded mystery)

You have just clambered out of bed when you hear a massive crash. The noise appeared to have come from your back garden. You peer out of your window and see a wooden box on the grass. While getting ...
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Sightseeing on Crack

Recently I went on an around-the-world vacation. Unfortunately, I dropped my phone just as I was getting out of the cab at the airport before my first flight out. Not so bad in and of itself, but ...
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We solved the invisible maze

We did it! We finally solved the invisible maze! In case anyone else wants to try, I'll reproduce our steps here. Here's the maze: The rules: All walls except for the outer ones are ...
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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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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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Extremely 'Fair' Rip-Off Meal

Recently I decided to dine at the X lodge in Y country. Its reviews comprehensively praised the excellent menu and the extremely fair prices. After being seated, I ordered a soda water. "Mildly ...
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Thanks, dad! Never again

No idea why my dad dragged me into this place. Some guy is performing on the stage. He's reading numbers out loud. I think it's some kind of a sequence puzzle. 1... 8... 9... 16... 17... ...
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The lengthy and boring adventures of

I happened to write a book once. It was told by the main character - an educated adventurous gentleman with a long yet dignified name. Yet, when I sent the manuscript to the publisher, they told me ...
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A Difficult Job

My plumber gave me a perilous job--his figurines had been stolen (3). I had to endure Ian's sobbing before he would tell me the problem under his feet (2). It turns out the girl he dated had taken his ...
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The highly public trial of Capo di Tutti-Capone

Chicago, Illinois, December 1929. Alleged crime lord Capo di Tutti-Capone, long thought untouchable, is finally standing trial and facing a long list of criminal charges. The press is buzzing. The ...
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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 Grand Heist

One day, the police receive an anonymous tip that a robbery is about to occur on the fortieth story of a tall building. They grab a car and drive as fast as they can to the site. On arrival, they ...
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Where Do I Come From And Where Am I Going?

I have long lost count of the number of days I have spent in this darkness, gaining distance from that prison. As I travel, I cannot help but fear. Soon I will land on a world of burning fire filled ...
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Clairvoyant job hunting

I recently got offered an exciting new position. Not knowing whether I should accept or stay at my current job, I sought the help of Wise Oracle to help me decide. O Wise Oracle, why did my ...
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Mixing business and pleasure

I asked my manager if it was okay for my friends to come hang around at the shop. Here's his answer: As I've said, they're always very welcome. But can I just remind that we'll keep working? ...
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To solve a simple heist

It happened by chance really. I was walking out from the bank when a man ran into me while rushing out. During our collision a piece of paper fell from his pocket. I quickly picked it up and tried ...
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An unexpected storyteller (2)

This puzzle is a little similar to a previous one of mine: An unexpected storyteller In the story, you are ultimately looking for 26 words. Although finding all the words is part of the puzzle, the ...
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In Time or out of Time, that is the question

Brushing away the tree roots hanging from the ceiling I realised that the unicorn had stopped. “I will not go further,” he said in his deep, rich voice, “you know the prophecy. There is only one who ...
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Who is richer? A two-way lie-fest

The richest person in ancient Greece had to pay a special tax. The rulers rode to Alexander, a very rich man, and asked for the tax. Alexander, who liked his fortune, told them that they had the wrong ...
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True or False? Test it out!

Note: This is just a story made up by me for the puzzle. This is NOT a real assignment. Therefore, please DO NOT close this question. Thanks! The Puzzle: So, one day, my Science teacher, who loves ...
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The Missing Taste

After a tiring soccer match which I absquatulated because I got insulted all the time by my own teammates, I went to my regular restaurant and ordered a fancy sashimi “the agushi special” but the ...
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A long but relatively easy cipher - Clue Two

<-- Previous clue After submitting your answer in the email, you wait eagerly, on the edge of your seat. After about five minutes, your response comes back. It says: Wonderful. You have ...
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The Pie-Maker's Son

Preface: There's a lot of background story here. Most of it is just for fun but there are definitely clues sprinkled throughout. If you want the strict puzzle, skip on down to the bottom. For many ...
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It's getting harder and harder not to offend anyone

Andy, Bob and Chuck are old friends meeting for the first time in years. Scene 1: At the intersection ANDY: Hey guys! Long time no see! BOB: Hey, nice to see you, Andy! Have you seen Chuck? Is ...
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Secret Communications [duplicate]

Hopefully this pattern isn't a repeat of any puzzle posted previously... Dawn, Dec 17 XXXX "Our future is in your hands. I wish you the best of luck." With that, the hooded man lays ...
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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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This is important. I need you to listen…

Look, you don't know me. We've never met. But, like I said, I need you to listen... I had the most disturbing dream the other night... Woke up in a cold sweat and couldn't get back to sleep. It wasn'...
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Burning Island - how to survive the fire? [closed]

A man is stranded on an island covered in forest. There are no other humans or animals, he is the only one who lives on the island. One day, when the wind is blowing from the west, lightning ...
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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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Monoalphabetic Game Theory

This is a third puzzle from the Monoalphabetic Equation series, you can check out the previous one here: #1, #2. Last night, I went over to my friend's house for our monthly game night. After we ...
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George's lights

Here's a short and easy one: Me and my friend were hanging out in a restaurant and on the way back we saw a strange looking, abandoned castle. We wanted to check it out, so that's what we did. The ...
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The Adventures of Jack #3

He's back at it again! 'Twas the night before Christmas, And Jack only wanted one thing. A hat - what else would he need? Jack thought about colours, possibly crimson. But the ...
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The Adventures of Jack #2

I hope you liked the first one, because Jack is back! This time Jack begins his journey in Asia, He chops off oxygen's head with a comma to get; A place where he sees Luke Skywalker's ...
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Riddle of Alschen

In Alschen, in 1999, a boy woke up on a nice morning only to discover a riddle on some paper under his bed. He took it to his mother who was shocked. His mother then showed the riddle to all of his ...
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A rare glimpse into a puzzlesmith's workshop

Note: The introductory text is only for flavour. All information needed to solve the puzzle is in the images below. Feel free to skip ahead to where it says "puzzle starts here". Prologue It was a ...
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A strange series of questions

Our agency have extracted some information from a terrorist's USB drive; According to our intelligence, this supposed to point us to the six potential cities their leader's current safe house might be ...
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The Adventure of Jack #1

Jack's adventure starts at the top left of the table, Hey, Vietnamese money should be removed! So he adventures along to Rome, stopping for 50 minutes. And suddenly he's back at the ...
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Mr. Mouse Goes Shopping

I had a perfect preface to this story, I swear, but now it escapes me. Oh well! It mustn't matter much, must it? 'Twas the night before Black Friday and all through the house, not a creature was ...
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I can't remember what I was doing last night

I can't remember what I was doing last night... Could you help me figure out what I was doing? This is what I can remember... I was standing in a room. Some guy from another country, ...
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A Christmas Gift

Thanksgiving done and Christmas around the corner. Both mom and dad were whispering in the hallways glancing over their shoulders to ensure no one was listening. I knew they were planning something ...
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International Consulting

The people of country X are quite eccentric. Here are some of their more interesting rules and customs. The children love candy, but no one is a fan of sugary drinks. There are no sushi ...
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A Problem Of Royal Proportions

One day, while enjoying a trip in one of his kingdom's cities, the amnesiac king of Country X forgets the identity of his sole son and heir. Three men from the empire rush to send letters to the king--...
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Maxit negotiations

Your military junta has recently overthrown the government of Malta and taken control of the small island nation. As a way to finance your wise and just dictatorship, you have decided to threaten the ...
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Terror at the UN

Breaking news from the United Nations, where a celebration has ended in tragedy It is believed the calamity occurred during a rendition of the Elbonian State Dance - a traditional victory reel where ...
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Ollie really wanted the soup

Coworkers Eddie M. and Ollie G. are going to lunch. They're standing in line to get some soup and talking about their day. Eddie: ...long story short, we had to dig up the metadata from some ...
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The Cryptic Lab ~3~

SPOILER ALERT PLEASE READ The Cryptic Lab * 1 * AND The Cryptic Lab +2+ BEFORE READING PART 3! The series is getting less and less attention, so I might close it sooner than I think; after part 5 is ...
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The Story of Jason & J____

One man was fighting another person. The victim was being punched and kicked and shoved, and the attacker had no intentions of stopping. Then, two priests walked by. One of them noticed the fight and ...
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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. How did he lose the weight?