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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 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 ...
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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 ...