Questions tagged [story]

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

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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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A Tale of Snake and Coffee

I had the strangest dream last night: I am in field of red stones. I start walking around until a smell of fresh coffee catches my attention. I follow it until I see a large cave, and in its ...
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The Librarian's Labyrinth - Part III

"This Library is HUGE!," You say aloud. You hear your voice echoing through the halls and nothing else. How could this be? Who comes here? You start examining the books on the shelves. It's just your ...
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The puzzled wife

A lengthy question Once, a woman was getting ready to have a look at three suitors who had come to extend their wishes of marriage "A," "B" and "C." When she was getting ready, a poisonous snake bit ...
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The selling of the sheep [closed]

I do not know the answer to this puzzle, and I found it in some old files I had Many years ago, there was a shepherd with 3 children. One day, while talking to the owner of the herd, the shepherd ...
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The Adventures of a Chocolate Cookie

A chocolate cookie (we'll call her Ann) went to a store. She purchased a small mammal for free. The mammal was intended to replace another of Ann's possessions - no one really knew what it was, but it ...
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Round and round the Yamanote Line

I just received a call from my friend who only speaks German. Last I heard, he was in a trip in Japan. Here is a translation of how the call went: Him: I went around the loop line. It was colored ...
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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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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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Everyone knows bullets are magnetically pulled to anyone who's about to retire

Decided to try a little writing with this puzzle, so forgive the bit of extra length. Hopefully the story is entertaining enough to forgive a tiny bit of extra length ;) "Alex is almost three, and ...
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Mutineer's Treasure

Background: Your team has recovered a sunken ship. In the hold there is a small room that appears it was intended as a smuggler's room. In the smuggler's hold are three decayed corpses a bunch of ...
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A strange hotel

Entering the lobby, I requested a room. The clerk handed me my key and I took the elevator to my floor. To my surprise there was a sign on the door of my room telling me I should try a different room ...
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I’ve officially counted to infinity! [closed]

Sarah called me today and explained that she had counted to infinity. I shrugged and said it was impossible. She said that since I didn’t believe her, she would do it again, and this time in only ten ...
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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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James Bond must Go!

Once I was flirting with the receptionist at the gym. She marveled at my international business travel and I joked I was Bond, James Bond. She laughed... and instead of a locker key she handed me a ...
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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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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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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. ...