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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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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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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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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 ...
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Brain twister. A simple riddle to play [duplicate]

You are lost big crowded (monster). There are only two human living Jacobe and Recode . Your task is to reach your home, there are two routes and you are confused. Conditions: Jacobe always tell the ...
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At Two-Twenty-One, B, Baker Street

Inspector Jane Watson, of New Scotland Yard, paid a call on her good friends Dr. Shirley Holmes, and her roomie, the famous consulting detective Georgia Lestrade. Ms. Holmes answered the door. "Good ...
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A regular riddle

I'm kept inside a boxy cage.A prefix for the modern age, I make the messages you create fly at a supersonic rate. Now that box has me and my friends inside a box with rounded ends. You can ...
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Who is the tall man?

Three men were talking in a bar, after drinking quite a bit. After an intense argument on the state of the city's crime, the tall one of them was indignant that he was right. He was wearing thick ...
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A murder in Manchester

Harrison and George are best friends, they both live in Manchester. One day, Harrison goes to George's house to visit him, but after opening the door, he finds his friend dead near the desk, with a ...
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Master Bomb Defusers - The Informant

This (loosely) follows on from my first puzzle: Master Bomb Defusers It has been nearly a year since you last heard from the infamous "Mr. 5" and you've discovered there's only so long you can scroll ...
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Spaceship Adventures

As your starship cruises through the expanse of space, you receive a message from a dear old friend. My dear friend, A sylvan heir forced us to a-long paint. (t, w) I find sun cloth in your ...
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A locked room puzzle

“They’re in the drawing room, Sir,” said the constable who was waiting outside the doors. The house — perhaps mansion was a better word — was a square, four storey building in two acres of grounds. ...
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A puzzling conversation

“I’m thinking of a word,” said Lionel. His hands moved quietly while he spoke, setting pieces in their accustomed places. “It has two zeds in it.” “How puzzling,” said Adolf, allowing himself a ...
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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 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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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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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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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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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 ...