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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 interesting class

"Alright, class, I'm seeing so many new faces today. Let's go around and introduce a fun fact about yourself." A: "Hey everyone, I'm A. People tell me I'm pretty, but I wish I can buy something with ...
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Can we get some input, please?

The seven of us are pretty much surrounded. Stevens thinks that the key is to keep together and everyone's on board with that. He's surely our most senior man, but I worry about him. He seems to ...
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A Space Station 13 complicated escape

After successfully resolving this tricky situation, you, the Captain of the Space Station 13, have ordered what remains of your crew to gather in the escape shuttle. Accompanied by the Security ...
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A short day at the mall

Today I was going around the mall(in various stores) and I was recording what random customers had in their cart. After my research I also had two questions. Here are some of the items the customers ...
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Confessions of a Riddle Junkie

I'm $\bbox[#fff9c3]{\color{#fff9c3}{\textbf{NO PEEKING!}}}$ and I am alcoholic. I sometimes also take pot; it makes me kind of casual. And crack too, because it makes me highly skilled. As you can ...
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The Great Art Theft

The day was March 18, 1990. Just a few hours ago, multiple valuable artworks were stolen by men in fake uniforms. You, a famous code breaker, happened to stumble upon two pieces of evidences that the ...
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How cold is too cold? [closed]

On a day during a severe winter, somewhere in cold countries, I watched a weather report on a television. The report showed that on that particular day the temperature was 0° ....but due to some ...
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Weird WhatsApp message

Today I found by internet an artist that does commissions. I wanted to get drawn a map for one of my role playing games. First I tried to call him (there's a lot personal info on the website I found ...
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Girls are Mean!

Can you help poor little Benjamin fix his homework paper before he submits it? He needs to know what words to put back into his paper. Transcript: ...
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A Space Station 13 tricky situation

You are the Captain of the Space Station 13, and everything went bad very quickly. Most of the crew died, and it took you not so long to figure out that some people are not who they're supposed to be (...
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Do I Work with an Orangutan?

This morning I found myself face-down in front of a large building. It was obvious that I had taken a great fall from one of the rooms above me, but now I apparently had amnesia. I went in. I could ...
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A horrible TV show

Yesterday I had lunch with my grandma and she told me about this pilot episode she saw in a local TV channel. She's a bit senile though, so she could not remember the name of any of the characters. ...
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Another Sensational Crime Fiction?

William Herschel III, heir to the Herschel Paper Company, is dead. His body was found in fishing gear, discovered near the family estate's lake by his Labrador. Police immediately suspected foul play. ...
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A Bunch of Rocks

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1. "Mind passing me the salt & pepper please Rick?" Jean leaned on the table asking the man in black suit sitting opposite her. "I ...
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A Strange Case of Dementia

“...on the next episode of Planet Money, we welcome famous author and...” I woke up in a hospital to the sound of radio playing softly in the background. To my left, three stacks of machine beeped ...
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The Evicted Tenant

Today, I started my job as a package delivery man. As chances have it, one of the delivery addresses was right on my apartment floor! However, the handwriting was so bad I couldn't even make out the ...
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A thirsty king and his knights

The black king has spent his life fighting over this strange checkered land, the white king has finally been defeated and his troops have surrendered and pledged allegiance to him. Now he's not sure ...
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An Incorrect Summary of a Twenty-Two Day Tour

After a long but rewarding life in an office cubicle, Sally the office worker became Sally the retiree. Feeling unfulfilled, and with ancestors who had served admirably in the Navy, Sally the retiree ...
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A fancy man talking nonsense

One day I met a fancy man, and tried to talk to him: ME : Hello sir! How is your day? HIM: Are you conversing with my person ? ME : Yes I am, you seem like a very interesting person and I'd ...
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How to deal with Tim

My friend Tim is a real dick. Whatever happens to him he just won't die! I asked him what the secret to his power was (So I could kick his ass). He handed me a crumpled up piece of this paper with ...
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A story of manicheism

One day, a friend came at me, visibly excited and not having slept for a long time. He told me, I think, of a show he saw during the past few days: So, there was this guy, a ginger guy. We already ...
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Why you can't buy fish on hot days? [closed]

My personal situation during my first summer job: I loved the fish sold by an old man in his little wooden booth, but when the weather was sunny and hot like hell, you were not able to buy the fish....
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A very evil cipher

A very evil tyrant locks you in a very evil cellar in a very evil castle. Every day he brings you a bit of soup and a bit of bread with a message he says, "It's the code but you have to decipher it ...
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Imprisoned with a note

Once upon a time, a man was imprisoned by a corrupt leader in a cellar. Every day, a servant would come by and give him a singular piece of bread. One day, he was given a note. On the note, there was ...
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My chance at the hole

I live in a place that's dark and dry Scrunched up with all of my friends, I wait. I wait for the day my elder has died, To get my chance at the hole. The hole is a hole, just thin enough ...
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A piece of weird music!

As a new recruit of your favourite intelligence service, you are out enjoying a rare bit of time off at the theatres. You are laughing with the rest of the crowd when you feel a tap on your shoulder ...
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A Story of Secrets

I was the child of a ruler, but I wasn't human All of my kind shared the same, strange weakness. We loved to be kidnapped by others. We would speak all of our secrets to them. Some ...
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Ruin, has come to our family

You receive a letter, delivered on fine parchment sealed with a wax seal You remember our venerable house, opulent and imperial, gazing proudly from its stoic perch above are moor. I lived all my ...
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The Knights and the Hounds

(With thanks and congratulations to Lee Leon) We rejoin our heroes several days after the events of The Knights' Gift, at the head of a pack of enormous staghounds, 1000 strong. Such a pack ...
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Make some Guacamole!

Subject: Mole Date: Sat, 31 Mar 2018 14:20 From: Chowzen {chowzen@segmented.org} To: PuzzlingEnthusiast {pe@puzzling.se.edu} PE: As you may be aware,I am the leader of an ...
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The Knights' Gift

This puzzle is loosely inspired by Food Similarities. I'd like to begin, if I may, with 1 anecdote. This story was written on 2 scrolls more than 900 years ago, and goes as follows - Once there ...
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Same Bat-Time! Same Bat-Channel!

Robin has been captured by the always-insidious Riddler! Batman tracks him to a old apartment on the 39th floor of an abandoned high-rise and swings inside, only for the window to slam shut behind ...
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What is your best friend Jake trying to tell you in his email?

You and your best friend Jake always walk two miles to school together every day. On one particular day, when you leave for school, you realize that your friend isn't there. Thinking that he's ...
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Et tu, Brute? Then fall Caesar

This is a very difficult puzzle with a lot of references and ciphers. This is the year 3019. At this point in time, we are technologically advanced. However, our ...
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Run… From… It

You are a secret agent named Alastair Cook Morgan. To your coworkers, you are known as Agent 23 to everyone except your close family and friends. You are trained in absolute stealth and secrecy. Your ...
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Master Bomb Defusers

Day 115 of your investigation and you and your ever-faithful-if-only-a-bit-slow partner have finally caught the trail of your arch-nemesis, a serial bomber known only as "Mr. 5". Doing your best to ...
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A Musical Mystery: Part 1

I need your help. I'm a physics grad student, but I've always really loved music. So for the past few months, I've been interning with this Italian piano maker - I don't want to say his name here. He'...
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As Easy as the Italics

You wake up in a daze in the middle of the night. You're in your bed, but something's... different. Your cat, Mr. Snuffles, is gone. Jumping out of bed, you see a trail of ginger cat hair leading ...
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No Reception? No Forecast!

(This story is fictional) Today was a very cold and snowy day. I was texting my weird friend, here's my log: <[Have you heard the news? Apparently, a famous puzzle was solved today.]...
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Abnormal Beyond Stressed

The autumn had already coloured the nearby tall hill, and the chilly breeze was almost cold enough to cause serious injury, when Rose crossed the wide street that was almost blocked by a large ...
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Einsteins knights and knaves

For an upcoming major puzzling event, I was honored with the task of creating one of the puzzles which will be presented. I decided to go with a variation of Einstein's puzzle. I selected four ...
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When I grow up, I want to be

As our story begins, six children meet on a hot summer day. They are enjoying the end of their summer holidays before they must return to school. However, they have now reached the age where they must ...
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What vehicle is closer?

Detective Larry and Detective Torito have to meet up to exchange info about a murder case. Larry leaves the crime scene on a motorcycle that goes 80 mph heading east. Torito leaves the police station ...
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How to rephrase this puzzle about a meditating monk and incense

Here's a math-flavored puzzle I found on Andrej Cherkaev's website that I like to give to my undergraduate math students. I've paraphrased it to try to make it clearer: A monk was instructed by his ...
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“If you can't save him, well, there's more where he came from…”

The Riddler has kidnapped, of all people, a pig farmer. Batman, as ever, must solve a riddle on the display of whatever deathtrap the farmer is strapped to in order to save the poor man. Hence: ...
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What crime is Shay D. Guy commiting?

Nobody trusted Guy. He always seemed to be up to something. Unfortunately, the police couldn't lock him up, simply because they had no evidence against him. Not even the circumstantial kind. Guy ...
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How Did The Tellers Mom And Police Know [duplicate]

Can anyone solve this riddle? A bank is getting robbed and one of the robbers tells one of the tellers to give him all of the money. The teller tells him she doesn't have access to it. ...
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A Bad Dream Puzzle

This puzzle is from my friend whom I'll call Arthur (I don't know why, but he gave me this from a book). As this was a long puzzle, he wrote it on a page for me. The puzzle was: Mr. Adam looked up ...
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Scrambled Pizza Order

It's your job to gather the pizza orders for everyone in the lab you work at in New Mexico, but it appears that the order for Richard has become corrupted and scrambled. He attempted to send it over ...
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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 ...