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

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A mysterious story that will leave you in the dark (1)

This is the story of a man: He was designing a booster rocket that could put people on the moon. (3) Every day he would drink a whole pot of hot coffee. (2) One day he knocked his mug off the ...
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The Marching Tune

And a one, and a two, and a three four five six! Or a one, and a two, and a three four five! From my home right here, To the end way down there! And then I have a choice Of a one, a two, or a ...
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The Quest For My Northern Home

I am a hybrid, a part of two wholes I became accomplished and then I was sold But enroute to my new home Down I rocketed to the frozen bowl Encased in iron for three days I lost the courage I had ...
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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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Recurring Meeting

The computer scientist's assistant is late at work once again, trying to once again decode their bosses directions for the day. Under meetings, the boss has listed only a single meeting: ...
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Disordered Cryptic Orders

... two targets ... the 3 A's of war ... dressed in ... your mission is ... we must prevent ... If the first message wasn't cryptic enough, the rest wasn't much clearer. What we do know is ...
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What is lost can never be saved

Donnie and Violet are Ivy-League college students, and don't have fancy names or costumes or anything. But they do have superpowers and are attempting to track down and stop whoever is trying to ...
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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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Puzzle: Who is the winner of the Great Puzzling Trophy?

It’s the 10th annual award ceremony for the Puzzling StackExchange community! As the host and his attendants are handing out the awards to the best members of the community, they suddenly realize that ...
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The Death Of An Angel

Lovely she was, oh the things I wanted to do to her... Going to that nice restaurant, eating everything I could and even more. Giving her that ring was hard, I desired to keep it for ...
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Lost in time and space

You have been working on your plutonium-powered time machine for years, and now you finally succeeded! At least, you thought you did... After extensive testing with sending back and ...
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Disciple of Gzemnid

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. Upon entering the dark room, you hear a loud, chilling sound. A light flickers to life and illuminates a relatively small ...
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Who is the Killer from the following suspect in this image? [closed]

I did a lot of image search on google and found out the original source of the image is http://www.ghadahaleidi.com/ because there is a lot of debate I posted the answer myself and here are the ...
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I am happier now

Narrator: I am one of your typical first world citizens. I got my hobbies, but nothing too special. I hate cleaning. I find it boring, and a chore. And I hate it even more, when I have to do any ...
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What should he have said at the door?

A man walked into a store and spoke abruptly, "I need four apples, three eggs, a broom, a dustpan and well ... I suppose we need don't need any flour." After a pause to regard the new man, the ...
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Boat children and army crossing the river puzzle

During the war, a small detachment found itself confronted by a deep and wide river. However, they found a small boat in which two-children were rowing about. It was a very small boat and can only ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #4

My five years old pupil Magnus is really on fire ! After three wins in the first, second and third games, he is playing White today in round 4 against one of the tournament's favorites (a child who ...
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Fated to earn money [closed]

Here's a puzzle I made. Joe has investments in Company A, Company B, and Company C. Joe is fated to earn $25.00 from Company A within 2 days from now. Joe is fated to earn $45.00 from Company B ...
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A journey through letters and numbers

In the year 2407476658354979366708415043923125501315337890943021769230219230892355006879909214795402102204224, as cosmopolitanism is in the air and companies are more than ever bound to ...
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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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A Remote Location

Here be a simple problem For the keen directmate eye White to move and win In seven moves, Black shall die However, I remember now a relative Long ago did he begin to live About a two decades or ...
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My Friend James

I have a friend named James*. James is the victim of an unfortunate circumstance which prevents him from doing something that most of you can do. Which unfortunate lack of ability would explain the ...
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These roommates throw strange parties

There are four roommates who throw strange parties. They live in a room with two front doors, and no windows. At the start of a party, the first roommate opens one door, lets the guests in, and closes ...
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Forbidden Love: A tale of two kingdoms

Once upon a time there were two kingdoms (bluex and pinksus) separated by a wall of eternal war. The kings of these two kingdoms each had one son and one daughter. Their children sought to end the war ...
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What is my lover's name?

I have a lover, I love her so She has a special name as we all do But I wish, from me to you, not to tell A secret kept is a secret kept well But if you truly want to know I shall soon reveal her ...
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Stool to love - who am I?

Recently, I was walking to Genua, where I stumbled upon Ego. He told me some Gordas were chasing him. Now, I usually don't follow Ego's advice, but before I could doubt him I saw Rozel and Fozel ...
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Prove your innocence

Inspired by A double-agent with a conundrum. Everything is hypothetical and while the choice of countries is important, they serve no political purpose. Tension between the US and China is rising. ...
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Explain Chicken Problem solution [closed]

You have 10 chickens as pets. You opened their coop in the morning and 9 came out. You looked inside but the remaining one is not dead. The 9 outside were eating their food but you noticed one of ...
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What is the hidden phrase in this story?

Could you find the hidden phrase in this fragment? ...
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A trip to the library

I try to go to the library at least once every month, so I've developed a pretty good relationship with the librarian, a nice old man who sometimes teases me about my broad set of interests. Yesterday,...
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How jolly identified you are sharing fake details in RRPG game?

You recently registered in RRPG game example YOWORLD to make random friends, you have changed the gender of your avatar to female but in actual you are male. It is not possible to identify your ...
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How could an angel have written an essay about today's weather that's perfect, but they also could've done better? [closed]

Here is a short puzzle story that I created. People on other forums seem to not understand it for some reason, but everyone I spoke to in real life understood it. But no one I knew so far got it right ...
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Sun setting in East! [closed]

It was a bright and sunny day during April- May(can say, peak of summer) in a country in the northern hemisphere, near to the equator. I was wandering(on foot) through this country's vast and open ...
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Bankers with rancor

Three colleagues at the bank are boasting to each other… Colleague 1: “Ask anybody – I’m clearly the best.” Colleague 2: “And how do you figure that?!” Colleague 1: “Well, just ...
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Bill and Dan's Journey

What is this story about? (Apologies if at the end I improperly announce the answer.) Bill and Dan bravely ventured forth, eagerly hiking towards a notorious outcrop. Traipsing through the water ...
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TechSupport Issue ID#812

User ID: 3Aq47h-20dpc8l Language: English (UK) Today I noticed a strange text file on my Windows 10 PC's Desktop called "README.txt". Curious, I opened it and it read START → 2↑ → P 3→ ↑ P 4→ P →...
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The Roommates' Dilemma

2 roommates - Arjun and Bishan - rent a house with two rooms for a month. One room is 700 sqft in size and the other 300 sqft. Let's say that the rent is Rs. 100 for 1 month for both rooms combined. ...
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Knights and Knaves on a (Not So) Deserted Island

One day, while flying your single-engine seaplane out over the Pacific, the electrical system shorts out, all of your electrical systems (including the radio) fail, and the engine dies. You are in a ...
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Locked room poison mystery!

Aaron and his sister Bethany call the police when their live in Grandmother, Candice, failed to get up for breakfast. She was old and ill, and they feared the worst-- especially then they were unable ...
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Locked Room Murder!! How and who?

Police receive a 911 call from Adam's neighbor, Bob. Bob heard a gunshot! The Police rush over to Adam and Bob's apartment building. The land lord, Charlie, shows the police to Adam's room. The door ...
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How was the murder committed? [closed]

Alice's body is found inside a locked room. She had been getting ready for the day, and had only just gotten out of the shower and had written a letter when she died. The police had to break the door ...
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- A Devil's Lie -

The printer's devil came into our office last night. But today he said: I am no evil (3) I never E ards (3) Ion LT fruits and vegetables (3) I did ner your room. (4) I didn't, ...
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It was a dark and stormy night

September 8: It’s raining, and Russian Emperor Czar Nicholas awakes, confused. Someone enters, completely soaking. “It’s positively vile – I’d resist going outside.” It’s Czarina Alexandra. “...
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A story puzzle for you

My brother loves numbers. He likes to pick a number, reflect, and enjoy its presence. He picked a number and asked me to guess it. I guessed random numbers for twenty minutes. I never got it ...
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Little Lost Robot [closed]

This puzzle is adapted from Isaac Asimov's short story Little Lost Robot (1947). For anyone familiar with the story, you will note I have changed many details for sake of brevity (This also means the ...
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SCP-507 and the extra-dimensionnal slot machine

Disclaimer : This is not my puzzle, and it may not even be a puzzle. But it does look like a puzzle to me. If it has to be closed for this, so be it. But let's see first if someone can come up with ...
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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

I discovered that I can control the local weather, depending on what color shirt and hat I wear at a given location. My home country of Flanmanistan has hired me to go back and do drought and famine ...
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Game Night at the Binomial Elks Club

The Binomial Elks Club, being predominantly composed of ambitious and competitive personalities, often held game nights in which members enjoyed battling each other for high stakes and bragging rights....
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A woman is sitting in her hotel room when there is a knock at the door [closed]

A woman is sitting in her hotel room when there is a knock at the door. She opened the door to see a man whom she had never seen before. He said "oh I'm sorry, I have made a mistake, I thought this ...
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Twelve past eleven at the police station

An immeasurably large kudos to this puzzle, which was the inspiration for this one. All of the blanks in the following passage may be filled with words. Each of the seven blanks contains one distinct ...