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

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Candy jars with mixed lids [duplicate]

One day Nasrudin went to a candy store where the owner had mistakenly mixed the lids of three candy jars, leaving each one wrongly labeled. One contained peppermint candies, another contained ...
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The StackVille Dragon Curses

The Dragons Each of three villages in StackVille is being tormented by a robotic AI dragon living in a cave above the town. The villages are Arquade, Ubutu, and Tezos. Why? The town's Robotic ...
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Zed's Garden: Nothing But Flowers

My friend Etta and I constantly pay visits to each other. Etta runs a little flower shop down the street from my house, so naturally I try to stop on by while I gad about town, and sometimes I'll even ...
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The Alchemist leaves a trail

I discovered the entrance to the secret passage in the first chapter of the Alchemist. The stone-walled corridor curved to the right and downwards towards a source of light emanating from a chamber ...
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The escape of Beastly Gerbil

The finale of a three part series: Part 1 - The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil Part 2 - The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil I have a lot to think about... firstly I disappeared for two years, and now ...
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Loophole in anti-sex laws

There is only one country on Earth, Oceania. It's a totalitarian society ruled by a person with title "the Greatest Of Dictators" (G.O.D. for short). There are videocameras everywhere, citizens of ...
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The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil

Part 1: The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil Part 3: The escape of Beastly Gerbil I've been trapped here for what feels like forever. This is all I've known. Darkness. The occasional flash of light, ...
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The Alchemist goes missing

He hadn't been responding to emails for days. When he was deeply involved in his work, delays were not uncommon, but not this long. Something was clearly amiss. Something had happened to my long time ...
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An awesome but unusual concert

Some times ago, I went to a concert, somewhere south of where I lived. Security had canines, but those were very unruly and attacked each other. When setting up my tent, I wanted to use a stone to ...
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A Grid with some Green Cells

So a friend wanted me to try out the reverse-puzzling riddle he created. It consisted of a 4x4 grid with a digit in each cell and a single closed loop drawn along the edges of its cells. Also some of ...
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Zed's Dance: Disarray and Cabaret

All this talk about my friends and I... it's about time I announced myself for a change! I'm kinda nervous about this because — let's face it — I'm an odd-ball. Take, for example, the ...
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The Old Man and the Police Officer

An old man walks into a Police Station. He asks for help. A Police Officer on duty asks a short question. The old man is scared and starts sweating. The officer grabs that old man from ...
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The disappearance of Beastly Gerbil

Part 2: The entrapment of Beastly Gerbil Part 3: The escape of Beastly Gerbil This is an unusual call in. As a private detective you have been asked to investigate several odd cases, but this you're ...
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Puzzle Hunt 06: Stepping Stones

This is part six in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series, but can be solved on its own. The story carries on from part five. Based on the information from the notebook, you at least know where ...
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Food Fight! (An extended VowelBurger™ puzzle…)

Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle here (and all its many clones!) The food hall was a mess. A massive fight had broken out among the proprietors of the five burger stands stationed around the ...
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It's my sister's birthday

I'd ordered her a cake, but when I got to the bakery to pick it up, the cake decorator had transposed the digits of her age. "She'll thank you for the compliment," I said, "but her age is a prime ...
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Puzzle Hunt 05: Reading between the lines

This is part five in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series. The story carries on from part four. With the delicate backdrop of celestial nursery rhymes, you decide to flick through the discovered ...
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Zed's Order: Breakfast at Elon's

My friend Elon and I constantly irritate each other. He recently built himself a rather respectable restaurant – a sort of bed-&-breakfast, minus the beds. Last week, he asked if I could ...
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The Order's First Member

Due to your reputation, you have been contacted by the organiser of a secret society. Each member of the group is a genius and a master in their field, but their identities and professions are a ...
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Such a simple task!

"Gosh-darn-dag-nab-it-to-tarnation!" Jimmy hear's Darlene yell from across the farm. Figuring he'd better go face this head on, he heads towards the barn. "What the hell happened Jimmy? You were just ...
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4 (or 5?) Brothers

Each brother tells us a bit about themselves. Can you identify their names? 1: "I'm the oldest of us, at least to you humans. You all say I'm weaker than my brothers, but my domain is infinite - a ...
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Find the location of the royal artifacts

London, 13:20 While media and experts are still baffled on how Inspector Arbor caught Norman Erdmann (can you solve it? See here) Arbor himself has no time to rest. Police has already questioned ...
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Max and Lisa are arguing again

Shortly after this conversation, Max and Lisa had another argument: Max: Huh? What's going on? Lisa: You're browsing the web with your smartphone instead of paying attention! Max: I was sending ...
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What is the word that both of them are talking about?

Context: Both Max and his friend Lisa have been told a word by their teacher and their conversation goes as follows: Max: "What was the word that teacher told us again?" Lisa: "What? Why weren't ...
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Catching the thief before it's too late

London, 17:15. Inspector Arbor wasn't quite happy with the current situation. Normally, he would have enjoyed this sunny Saturday outside at the Park but now wasn't the time for that. Valuable ...
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A message told thrice

In front of me, there's a shadow of a man; he speaks to me thus; (1) Despite your most desperate wishes, I am a bet you cannot beat. To be content with me is to know peace of mind. Know this: of ...
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Zed's Tech: Something Went Wrong With My Bubblizer!

My friend Della and I constantly try to invent things. We're currently working on a patent for a wondrous machine which we both designed: the magnificent Bubblizer! What does it do? Well... right now,...
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A tour of my tower

A new riddle - I don't think it should give anyone too much trouble! Let me show you my building - do you like the lovely green carpet? All the rooms are connected by these hallways. ...
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Which direction will Xech be facing? [closed]

Xech is a shiny new robot on it’s first day of work. Xech's job is to move packages and product around a warehouse that is used by Xechry merchants, keep things neat, tidy, and efficient. At 9:00am ...
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Even my father ignored me, Who am I?

I'm the forgotten child. Once my half brother came into the picture, I was swiftly forgotten by most. Even my older brother refused to work with me. We were forced to play together, but he was always ...
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Missing No. 53 - Act 1: A Musty House

2/10/2020 Agent: Delta Flash Subject: William Plixer Age: 37 Gender: Male Appearance: Crew cut hazelnut hair. Round, blue eyes, snub nose, attached earlobes, and thin lips on ...
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What was this unstoppable vehicle?

I've made a small edit to this puzzle to try to make it slightly more difficult; see the edit history for the original version. The other day, I was taking a driving lesson. My instructor was sitting ...
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You just realized I am doomed

You just found a game despite the World War III, which was a game by some computer experts before the war. There went a six-limbed, not an insect. I was not blind, I sincerely swear. I ate ...
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The Wind Blows as the Wheel Wills

The Wheel of Time turns, and Ages come and pass, leaving memories that become legend. Legend and names fades to myth, and even myth is long forgotten when the Age that gave it birth comes again. In ...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. XVII

Sorry for the long break everyone! It's been hectic. Here goes XVII: There is another chamber of the labyrinth which contains yet another inscription on the wall: Once again, there is a keyboard and ...
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Zed's E-mail: My Good Ol' Uncle Sugar

My friend Gabby and I constantly look out for each other. Just the other day, she received a strange message from what I thought was an uncle of hers. "Problem is," she started with a worried look, "I ...
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Twelve Labours - Conclusion

This puzzle is the FINAL part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, and contains spoilers for previous instalments, which can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 | 11 | ...
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Twelve Labours - #11 Hesper's Hypermarket

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, but can be solved independently. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 His business ...
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Please help me cook :(

I had the worst day today. My car broke down, I was late to work, I forgot my lunch, and to top it all off, my chef is on holidays. Due to being an emotional eater, it is during times like these when ...
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Zed's Phone: Failure to Communicate

My friend Beto and I constantly buy things for one another. One day, he gave me a strange-looking phone and said it was my birthday gift (My birthday wouldn't be until 3 more months). He said he ...
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Twelve Labours - #09 House of Hippolyta

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, but can be solved independently. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 The House of Hippolyta ...
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A Boring Lecture - ft. Eggs, Donuts & Pills

You were yawning at your seat, being forced to attend this will-be-boring lecture by an always-boring teacher… “Good morning class, today, we’ll look into the use of different materials. ...
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Twelve Labours - #08 Dark Horse Bookmakers

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, but can be solved independently. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 From the golf course Hercules ...
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Grid Puzzle - Paint

A student was found making Graffiti in the teacher's office. He was punished and was asked to repaint the wall of the room. The teacher gave him a grid to show which part of the wall should be painted ...
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Puzzle Hunt 03: As a bat

This is part three in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series. The story carries directly on from part two. Part one is here. There may be a bit of a gap before part 4 as I'm running out of ideas :) ...
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What is this saying?

<=19 B: 1, 2, 4, 8, 16, 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, 1024, 2048, 4096, ... P: <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 <3 X X X X X X X X X X X X X X ... AB: - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -...
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What Just Happened?

The wife was out, the father was in, the men drank gin, the cards were played, it was hand made, the house was still, he wrote his will, then turned over, he found clover, so the phone rang, he would ...
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Schrödinger's phone

You are working on an undercover spy mission, equipped with an iPhone to communicate with your partner. Assigned as the lookout, your job is to make sure that no nosy guards pass by and to alert your ...
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How do I find the least number of times a shuttle can travel from one place to another?

I often see this situation in exams and I'd like to know if there is any kind of algorithm or shortcut that I can use to solve this riddle instead of just guessing or trying to play Where's wally with ...
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Zed's Note: Famously Infamous

My friend Al and I constantly bicker. One time, he proudly boasted that he can crack any cipher ever written, so I put out a little wager: if I can stump him with any cipher I write, he would have to ...

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