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

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In the 100 blue eyes problem - why is the oracle necessary?

The riddle Randall Munroe (of xkcd fame) has, a bit hidden on his site, a logic puzzle: A group of people with assorted eye colors live on an island. They are all perfect logicians -- if a ...
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I am an expression of a deer mint - Clue One

You wake up one morning, and immediately look over at the letter on your bedside table. It reads: Dear [redacted]: You have been chosen to assemble the most powerful thing in the world - the [...
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This is important. I need you to listen…

Look, you don't know me. We've never met. But, like I said, I need you to listen... I had the most disturbing dream the other night... Woke up in a cold sweat and couldn't get back to sleep. It wasn'...
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I, for one, welcome our new

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #30: Metapuzzles... For two months, the ship had hovered above the world ... silent, unmoving, just relentlessly hovering in a fixed spot over a desolate ...
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A mysterious email from Andrew Void

You are a secret agent in the service of the KGB, about to embark on a highly dangerous mission to infiltrate MI6. You have your disguise, your papers, and your backstory all prepared. The night ...
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That's a story for another time

I'm a fan of nested puzzles, and especially puzzles that tell a story. I'm finding that I am quite good at them, so I'd like to post this one for the community. I wish you all the best of luck! ...
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Good Apple Hunting

The boys brought him in for questioning, but I didn't think he had anything to do with this. Not really. I just had to know if he knew anything pertinent about that strange passage in the old man's ...
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The SErial Killer (Part 1)

This is part of a series which I'll be continuing if this goes down well enough. If you have any feedback on the puzzle (too hard, too easy, not clear enough, etc) I'd appreciate it so that future ...
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The SErial Killer (Part 2)

This puzzle is part of a series - part 1 is here. Any comments I make on the OP are canonical and out of character (OOC). Any comments I post on answers are for flavour only. Update: As it turns out, ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #2

My 5yo pupil, Magnus, is playing his first chess tournament. Although I missed his first game, @Elder helped me reconstruct this important first win from the few clues I could collect. Alas, the ...
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You'll need Thomas Jefferson more than you'd expect - Clue Twelve

<---Previous clue "[redacted]," you say aloud, following the instructions. And then a light shines through a crack in the wall, spreading until it shows an outline of a door. Then it swings open. ...
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Batman and the piano

Batman: Alfred. Are you there? Alfred: Yes, Master Bruce. How may I help you? Batman: ...
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How did the police know?

One night, a man receives a call from the police. The police tell the man that his wife was robbed, murdered, and her body dumped in a remote location, and that he should reach the crime scene as soon ...
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Mithrandir has lost his keys!

Announcement: All puzzles are being delayed because my Puzzling notebook with all of my keys disappeared. :/ -- Mithrandir Some hours after discovering this devastating loss, Mithrandir went to bed. ...
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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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The Puzzle of the Locked Box

Here's an old puzzle I found in a book once. A box has some number of locks on it. It is guarded by a Grand Vizier and four slaves, each of which hold keys to the locks. The Grand Vizier and ...
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Don't clear your terminal history

You woke up this morning locked in a room. The only apparent exit is a door with a terminal. On the screen you see the following: ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #1

My (very) young pupil, Magnus, is playing his first chess tournament! I went for a coffee at the beginning of his first game ; he was White against a boy slightly older than him, maybe a 6yo, so he ...
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Tell me a story!

I've seen a lot of prefix-infix-suffix/Riley riddles lately on the site and have decided to write one myself; however, those of ...
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The Basalisk and the Boy of Fire

As promised in my last riddle, the story continues. For those who haven't read the riddle preceding this one, I heavily recommend you do. The door swung open, slamming the wall; our heroes burst ...
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There are at least three Kevins on Puzzling. I plan to trap them in my labyrinth

Note: please do not edit the title! It originates in a challenge in Stack Overflow chat. I have rounded up all ten (currently) of the Puzzling SE users named Kevin and trapped them in my labyrinth. ...
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Labryca — Floor 1: Now, It Begins

Labrycean Navigator You are currently on: 1F 1F 2F 3F 4F 5F 6F 7F 8F 9F 10F 11F Background "Labryca" is a regular cipher-based puzzle series I plan to run and update roughly every two weeks with a ...
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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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Labryca — Floor 3: Hotshots

All right. No more Mr. Nice Grinadel. Labrycean Navigator You are currently on: 3F 1F 2F 3F 4F 5F 6F 7F 8F 9F 10F 11F Second Floor: Conclusion You had thought Mr. Adams was weird, but Ms. Alperin ...
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The Boy of Fire: The Final Battle

Welcome to the final part to the Boy of Fire. If you haven't read the previous parts you should do so prior to beginning this one. I've decided to take a different approach with this one as I've ...
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A long but relatively easy cipher - Clue Two

<-- Previous clue After submitting your answer in the email, you wait eagerly, on the edge of your seat. After about five minutes, your response comes back. It says: Wonderful. You have ...
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The Boy of Fire: Into the Stronghold

When we last saw our heroes, they were resting after a long week in the Sea of Fire. They battled the great King of Serpents who despite his rage against the human race, assisted our heroes with a ...
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Labryca — Floor 4: I've Just Seen a Face

Labrycean Navigator You are currently on: 4F 1F 2F 3F 4F 5F 6F 7F 8F 9F 10F 11F A Few Administrative Notes Yes, I’ve come back from the dead… for now, at least. All updates beginning from here ...
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Labryca — Floor 2: No Cues

Labrycean Navigator You are currently on: 2F 1F 2F 3F 4F 5F 6F 7F 8F 9F 10F 11F Background Here is the second bi-weekly challenge from the "Labryca" series. I wish luck to anyone who is continuing ...
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Four Directions #6 - Where and what am I?

Inspired by metazen's riddles, I have decided to create my own To my west are a bunch of crooks To my north is a special fruit To my east is somewhere everyone wants to be To my ...
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Fwd: Re: Karen is missing!

From: Ada Hughes <ahughes@fib.gov> Sent: Thursday, April 7, 2016 7:03 PM To: Joe Dorsen <jdorsen@fib.gov> CC: Jason Bernz <jbernz@fib.gov>; IT Guys <cis@fib.gov> Subject: Re: ...
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The Circular Prison of Unknown Size

You are the president of a secret society of mathematicians with $n$ members, including yourself. No one in the society knows what $n$ is. The dictator of the world, in an effort to erase mathematics ...
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Deciphering an Alien Signal

I have a strange problem that you may be able to help me with. I was recently hired by company that manages several communications satellites, and I've gotten stuck with the overnight shift. Earlier ...
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A mysterious letter and email

I received a letter recently. It wasn’t signed and I had no idea who it was from or why it was sent. I binned it thinking it was a joke from some idiot. Probably that weirdo a few doors down, he's ...
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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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Mysterious Murder Mystery 3

Two of the officers arrest Detective Randy White; one was holding him, while the other was putting handcuffs on Mr. White. You see that the whole Investigation department talking, some whispering to ...
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When is Mr. Hill's birthday?

Jack and Jill are students of Mr. Hill. Mr. Hill's birthday is on $M$ month, $D$ day. Neither student knows when Mr. Hill's birthday is, but both know it is one of the dates below. Mr. Hill told Jack ...
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The Catacombs of Cryptos, The Final Path

Previously, in The Catacombs of Cryptos: 1. The Entrance to the Catacombs The end came long ago. The wars are long since over. Little remains and those who have survived struggle. One of the ...
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Double whammy murder case! What happened?

It's Friday the 13th, and you and a group of 7 friends from the "Survivor" club belonging to University LeMao (A, B, C, D, E, F, and G) go camping. You're all pretty good friends, and talk quite a ...
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The SErial Killer (Part 3)

This puzzle is part of a series - part 1 is here and part 2 is here. Any comments I make on the OP are canonical and out of character (OOC). Any comments I post on answers are for flavour only. Since ...
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Falcon Circus, Chapter 0: The Decision

The Prologue Lycan pouted. I guess he was expecting his little riddle to be hard. Lichen didn't have a change in expression, although this doesn't surprise you. The red twin glared at you for another ...
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Copycat Chess (Part 3/3)

After finishing the mating move in the second game, Li Chai looked at the mandarin and asked: What do you say now? Kao Tse answered: It's not much of an achievement if you take my mating piece. ...
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Copycat Chess (Part 2/3)

The mandarin stared bewildered on the chess board after Li Chai finished his winning move: But it didn't last for long. He grabbed his queen and repeated Li Chais last move while announcing: What ...
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The great fall - Clue Fourteen

<---Previous clue New: Now with illustrations! You key in your answer. Then you hear a click. Aghhhhh.... the ground beneath you suddenly isn't there anymore. You hit the ground with a crash, in ...
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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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Who killed Professor Cal?

Professor Cal was found murdered in his office. Luckily, security had been keeping tight track of all who entered and exited the building during the day, and were able to determine that the suspects ...
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Copycat Chess (Part 1/3)

This puzzle series is based on a chess story from the year 1934. It is also the first entry for the new fortnightly topic challenge. Li Chai was known as the best chess player in all villages in the ...
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The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper: Crime Scene #1

The Story: Sergeant Vimes grunted as he climbed out of his car. Looking up at the latest crime scene, he had an idea he wouldn't be getting back to bed any time soon. He would have shrugged it off to ...
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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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Clue 18 - Should this be on Stack Overflow?

<<---First clue <---Previous clue As you sit at the computer that you used to solve the last puzzle, a popup window opens. It appears to be a Stack Overflow question, with a very generic ...