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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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Can Igor trust the message?

After deciphering the mysterious letter Igor's boss received, Igor realized that before he could do anything about it, he'd better find out if the letter is real information, or meant to sabotage his ...
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Dear Royal Doctor, please help save the King!

You are the royal pharmacist, a brilliant doctor hired to care for the Royal Line, should they fall ill. You have been called to His Majesty's side, as he has become bed-ridden. As you enter the ...
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What video game is this?

Four days ago, one of my seven brothers told me he had a riddle for me. He already told it to five of the others, but only two got the answer right, so I had to give it a try. One thing I can ...
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Four men working at a steel company

Four men were working at a steel company. One day, they had a strange discussion about something. - "God sends it", said Tom. - "You wake up that way", asserted Dave. - "It comes from above", ...
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No Christmas presents until you solve this!

This morning I received an email from Santa Claus himself. He wanted to tell someone about the problems he’s facing and chose me. When I read about his problems I was worried because I like my ...
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A Day in the (Not So Peaceful) City

I remember it like it was yesterday, though it's been a few years now. I was just idly passing some time, as I often did, looking at the beautiful old houses and manicured lawns of one of the city'...
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Fred Dews and his Bored Views

Fred Dews is (again) driving his old clunker to the repair shop in his rural hometown, when he suddenly gets a phone call from a childhood friend. Lord Kies, as he is nowadays called, has to be in the ...
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Save the Eggs! - An Angry Birds Puzzle (Part 2)

⬅️ Angry Birds 1 After saving the eggs, the birds are more cautious. Good News! You can finally relax and enjoy the birds’ hospitality. Unfortunately for you, you’re not the only visitor in town. ...
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A Rattling Tale

(I apologise for the length of this story and poor formatting of the dialogue. There are some pretty long questions at /questions/tagged/story, so I figured they are not banned. If you feel it is too ...
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Keypad Conundrum

Tonight I had to work late at the office to fix a small, but critical bug. Most people leave early and by the time I was done working, I was the only person left in the office. I quickly gathered my ...
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The head chef and the mad king [closed]

There's unrest in the royal kitchen. The king has lost his mind. The head chef tells his cooks his one wish: to stop the king from bullying him once and for all. They conclude that the only way to ...
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Academic Degree dilemma [closed]

On a leisure day, I had the following conversation with my friend. My friend: "Dude! I noticed that almost all the abbreviations of academic degrees which are meant for Bachelors have format of B.... ...
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Save the Eggs! - An Angry Birds Puzzle (Part 1)

You’re going on a fictional world tour. YAY!!! Your first destination is the world of Angry Birds. Sub-part 1 When you reach Bird Town, all the birds have a party to celebrate the arrival of the ...
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Find the woman/man of your dreams!

You're on a business trip when you meet Li Xiang, the woman/man of your dreams in the hotel bar. The two of you spend an amazing night together chatting about puzzles, trigonometry, and polyrhythms. (...
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Clue of origin with a connection to mythology

Assume that you were privileged and invited to attend a party arranged during a pre-historic time. It was hosted by none other than Adam (the mythological man as per religious beliefs), the first man, ...
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Legal advise for a family dilemma

"A client of mine," said a lawyer, "was on the point of death when his wife was about to present him with a child. I drew up his will, in which he settled two-thirds of his estate upon his son (if it ...
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Merlin's Exam: Spell-Counting

You are the apprentice of the esteemed wizard Merlin. It's the day of your final magical exam, but alas, you have not studied the course material! Thankfully, Merlin’s book of spells can be deciphered ...
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We have an important mission for you

You are an agent working for your country's intelligence services. Recently you received a tip off about a meeting that will be held by a Secret Society who poses a threat. Sure enough, a few days ...
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A strange message in a library

A few days ago I entered a small and ancient library in China Town, and while I was looking for some interesting book to borrow, a torn slip of paper fell from a shelf. On it, a strange message… ...
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Lemme tell you 'bout this drama

(I apologise in advance for what is probably the dumbest tale you will read all week) Lemme tell you 'bout this drama Check it out 'fore it decays. This guy speak like Dalai Lama Some girl's life ...
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The fight of words; not swords

A period of increasing trouble and decline began with the reign of Commodus. Commodus' assassination in 192 triggered the Year of the Five Emperors. There was an ongoing quarrel between these emperors ...
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What do chess and wordoku have to do with each other? - Clue Thirty-One

<<---First clue <---Previous clue (?) "Aha! That's it," you exclaim, still holding the papers. "The answer is obviously [redacted]." Having figured out the answer, you start looking over the ...
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How many lemons? [duplicate]

A king announced to his subjects that "Whoever brings me two lemons from the magic garden, will be crowned as king." One clever young man dared to go in search of the lemons. He came near the first ...
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I can't work like this!

Soon after arriving to work this morning, I sent an email off to my pal over in IT upon realizing that my workstation wasn't fully functional. We both like to solve puzzles in our spare time, so ...
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Colorado Carl and the Lazurite Lizard - Part Two

This is a continuation of the story started here. It's been a crazy few weeks since you first deciphered Sam Smitherson's letter asking to meet at the Powell's Bookstore Café in Portland. You got ...
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Can she go in or not? [closed]

I overheard this conversation from a couple sitting at the next table in a lunch restaurant. "That was wrong, Bernie?" "Yes. You cannot ---(INAUDIBLE) -in the kitchen Mary." "What if I ---...
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Prison Pizza Party

You are an inmate at Infinity Prison, where prisoners must work together to solve a challenging riddle every day to ensure their very survival. But today is your lucky break; the warden has decided to ...
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Generate a valid string

I have been observing her for just over a week now. She had seen me but didn't know she was being watched. As people pass she hands them a piece of paper. Some even stop and put money in a cigar box ...
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Colorado Carl and the Lazurite Lizard - Part One

You are the assistant to the famed Archeologist Carl Carlson, better known as Colorado Carl! It's been a few years since you've had an interesting or (more importantly) profitable find. However, you ...
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Who’s the serial down-voter?

Amanda, Frank, and Michael are 3 users on Stack Exchange. One of them was serial down-voting. Can you figure out who the culprit is? Evidence: Amanda has been suspended for sock-puppetry numerous ...
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The king and his magical diamond [closed]

A king seated on his throne is contemplating about the future of his kingdom as he is growing very old. His kingdom will be safe while the magical diamond is in the kingdom. This decently size ...
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Journey from Somewhere to Elsewhere

Alice and Bob are both residents of Somewhere, and they are both coworkers in a company located in Elsewhere. Every weekday morning and evening, Alice and Bob commute between these two towns, which ...
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No Answer Should Answer

One day, the King ordered me to visit the city of NASA to find a rare herb to cure his daughter's illness. However, upon arriving at the city's gate, a guard stopped me. "Hello, why are you here?" ...
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iFlower? Animal-lover's Logan? Strange, famously strange

I run an album shop. Yesterday, this cool customer with a shaven head, black sunglasses, and a neck chain walked into my shop. (I don't know his name, so let's just call him X.) One look told ...
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A short story describing a famous person

The following story describes a famous person: A failure, that's what I was. Hopping around on one leg all day didn't help with travel, and holding a pen is no easier when you've only got one ...
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Infinitely long loaf of Bread [closed]

You are visiting your old friend Mike at Infinitely's Baking Shop. Just as you arrived, he was taking out a fresh, infinitely long loaf of bread. Both of its ends extend infinitely long in a ...
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An Unfortunate Conundrum Involving Extremes

The tide recedes as I sit in the fenced garden on my roof. A jagged rock lies ready to wreck the mariner who errs. A seabird screeches somewhere to my rear. Longing, I look at the world beyond the ...
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A Game Of Cat And Mouse: Part 3

Part 2 can be found here. The puzzle is contained entirely in the quoted section below - the rest is just fluff. Sorry it took so long. "The Field Museum?" repeats the superintendent. "What would El ...
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All the moderators have been kidnapped!

I'm a bit worried. I just got an email from mods@puzzling.stackexchange.com. It looked like this: Dear Puzzling Users: Hello - you don't know me, but I have been watching your site for months. ...
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Pirate Puzzle Double Twist

Five pirates, fresh from their first bout of pillaging, return to their island base to celebrate and divide up the treasure. While this was their first time working together, the start of what they ...
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Help wanted, pretty please

“Knock, knock” doors said (red doors from the future, do not think about it too much). "Come in please” and without moving my eyes from computer I continued: "Please sit on chair.” After that I ...
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Getting to the Root of the Problem

TD:LR - Only the equations and bold question at the bottom are part of the puzzle; the rest is just flufftext. After a long time of searching for the origin of the device I previously posted about, I ...
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All locked up and nowhere to turn

While working in your basement, you notice there is a portion of concrete which is not like the rest. It is funny you never noticed it before, but most of the time there was a rug covering it. Tapping ...
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Fateful golf game… in November

"What a beautiful day!" I think to myself, contemplating that last round of golf with Oscar. Checking into the hotel, Oscar confided in me, "Mike, there are some strange things happening. Whenever I ...
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One cold night for (…)

There is a great magnificent wall to your east Look at wall There is a small gate in the wall. Open gate The gate is locked. <...
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Meteor strikes again

Part of a phone call: -...well why didn't you just say so? -It wasn't as easy as you thought, Jack. All the power lines here were destro--- -I know...It's not like we're living on a different ...
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Hired by the Council of Magic - Language Barrier at the Circle

Hired by the Council of Magic - Language Barrier at the Circle: After your two successful visits to call upon the aid of the Council of Magic, the Council has called in one of the favors the King of ...
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What is most Unusual in Paragraph?

The paragraph below is most unusual. How quickly can you find out what is so unusual about it? It looks so ordinary you'd think nothing was wrong with it - and in fact, nothing is wrong with it. It is ...
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The strange phrases - Clue Thirty

<<---First clue <---Previous clue Aha! You think, and type in the answer. Ding! The pad beeps, and opens a previously-hidden drawer. Inside is what appears to be a... bunch of strange ...
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An unknown message from an unknown world

Overview: On 10-29-2097 at 14:37, a prototype hyper-luminal communications device was turned on for the first time at Research Site 1039. To the marked suprise of the research team, one of the ...