Questions tagged [story]

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

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Encrypted Letter: The Band Murder

So there are nine suspects: Harry Toplin, Howard Dunkin, Lonny Larry, Boe Johnny, Randy Jopkins, Terry Howdy, Gregory Baloony, Bonodono Batooty, and Maramy Duplin. They are in a line-up for killing ...
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Covert Conversation - A North Daniels' Puzzle

It's very important to keep your login details secure, which might entail not writing it down, encrypting them, or using a password manager. What you should not do is save them on some random USB and ...
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After the funeral

The mood was sombre in the lawyer’s office. Eight members of the Picodie family gathered together to hear the reading of their recently deceased father’s will. Around the table sat Eli, Ron, Agnes, ...
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Logic: Match the Potion to the Drinker

You are known as a great alchemist and potion master, and have spent the past decade developing a series of extremely powerful potions. You have made some great progress, but the potions are not ready ...
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Riddle: Atilla's Vow

The trade path between Calmarnock and Arcadia continues to be a hotspot for supposedly paranormal activities, people have been going missing at an alarming rate, the council wouldn't want to shut down ...
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Missing necklace

This comes from a friend of mine that is going organize a code breaker scavenger hunt and this was a sample that he made himself. I have solved it and put the 2 hints that he gave in comments section ...
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A strange sound always comes in the hotel

I had a sister who was very brave and and didn't fear ghosts or believe in them, and would try to find evidence on them. One day she wanted to visit a hotel that was believed to be haunted to some ...
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I am number one, Who am I?

I was bored, so I made another riddle! Enjoy :D I am number one, and number two, and number three, but I will never reach A-level. People pick me up and slam me down a lot. It can hurt sometimes, ...
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Jill's flight security woes

Jill is on a flight when she spots her friend a few seats behind her. She tries to get his attention, and is immediately tackled by security. What did Jill do to warrant such a response?
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Trapped and gassed!

“Ouch!” I moaned as I slowly regained consciousness. Someone had knocked me out cold from behind. I now found myself alone, trapped in a small square room. The floor was hard and cold, and the room ...
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I keep the world running, Who am I?

I keep the world running, without me there is chaos. I am by design a broken soul, letting anyone pick me up. People have tried to fix me, many times over the years. But I reached my prime in the 80s, ...
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A very odd story

I met a man once while out for a walk. "Tut, tut!" He would say, as he wandered this way and that. I saw him approach a group, "You there! Will you trade? I've got a lovely a nut right ...
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Computer Puzzle - Arithmetic Of The Day

Harou, a Japanese teacher in the school, noticed a ship made of paper outside her office. When she unfolds the paper, she saw something strange. There is something that looks like a riddle, followed ...
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Board of Important Numbers

I was visiting my cousin, a mystery writer and lover of puzzles, when I noticed this list of numbers on her white board. 13,814,070 26,818,110 86,811,060 18,819,190 10,914,190 33,915,010 36,912,211 ...
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Sixty melons puzzle [duplicate]

Mohammad is a merchant working at the Rabat open-air market. As usual he met two wholesalers early in the morning: Farid gave him $30$ melons to be sold at the price of $1$ dirham for three melons. ...
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Can you solve this Rubik's cube from inside of it?

You have woken up to find yourself trapped in what appears to be a giant Rubik's cube. A Rubik's Cage I suppose. Bewildered, you take a look around (better video on imgur or just click the photo). ...
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Stress Not! - A North Daniels' Puzzle

Beep, beep, beep, beep... No, this was not the sound of D.S.I North Daniels playing miniature cricket on his phone, although that would be a preferable situation to the one he is in now. Unfortunately,...
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Sequence Puzzle - First Question of 42

Professor Tera was walking on Connecticut Road, where there are some public restrooms. Tera saw some students standing in a row. They seemed to be playing a game called Evolution. And it looked like ...
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Geocache mystery story with a coordinate as the answer

I'm trying to do my first geocache and I'm having some trouble. I would appreciate if someone could provide some more hints for me (please put the answer in spoilers). The geocache is a puzzle that is ...
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The Pitiable Coder - Edition 2

It had been a while since my favourite newspaper had published any puzzles. In fact, it had been so long since 'The Pitiable Coder' released $\mathbb{CHEMICRYPTICS}$, that I was beginning to think ...
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My identity in high school

My first semester—no, my entire freshman year—in high school, I was all alone. As I started my sophomore year, I finally made a friend. Two, actually. They weren't in the same class as me, but for the ...
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Diagnosis of the Starved Space Traveler

One day (in a universe very unlike our own) a wealthy adventurer set off in an obscure direction from his home solar system into the depths of space. But he made a dire mistake: Before getting into ...
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The Abnormality of me

I just got born. There's nothing I can do. Maybe "nothing" is such an appropriate word for an age 0. A year passed. There's still nothing I can do. I haven't changed. Maybe I am to retain my ...
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How can they attack?

There are four soldier squads planning to attack a town from the north, south, east, and west at the same time. They are in their positions; now they just need to know when to attack. One of the ...
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MEET @ 9:00 PM TONIGHT

Sarah was a cryptologist for the CIA. One night, as she was getting ready to leave for the day, her supervisor rushed in and handed her and her team a single sheet of paper. "We've got less than ...
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Can anyone help poor Fblthp?

my name is Fblthp, and I am completely lost. I don't know the location of my home planet, and given the barriers in language and culture, I can't tell you its name in any meaningful manner either. The ...
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Where did I go on this trip?

I went on a trip yesterday. However I can't quite remember where I went. All I have is my diary entry for yesterday, but I'm struggling to make out where it was I went still. Maybe you can help? ...
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There are 2,001 doors leading to 2,001 hallways. How quickly can you find the way out?

Once again, you have angered the Emperor, and she has imprisoned you in a special prison. “I do have a bit of good news for you,” the Emperor has told you. “You're only two doors away from freedom, ...
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The calamitous Captain Clumsy

I'm a communications engineer with the Royal Navy - it's a great job, and usually I love it. But there is this one guy who absolutely grinds my gears. I call him 'Captain Clumsy' (not to his face, ...
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A book of mystery - Page III

SHOOVER GOT PAGE 2 (THE ANSWER TO WHICH WAS MCDONALD'S ISLINGTON) AND SOLVE PAGE THREE TO GET A HINT TO SOLVE THE NEXT PAGE. Just as was for solving the first Page number three had started to burst ...
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Ode to a Nightingale: a puzzling study in literary criticism

The field of literary criticism is an interesting and fruitful one, in which puzzlers might carve out a niche. This was recently brought home by a conversation I had with a sagacious old gentleman in ...
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A book of mystery - Page II

I AM SORRY ABOUT THE LAST PUZZLE IN WHICH I MESSED UP THE NUMBERS BUT BEASTLYGERBIL EVENTUALLY GOT THE ANSWER WHICH WAS 'THIS CODE BELONGS TO SAM'. ENJOY! Once the first riddle was solved The ...
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Interplanetary blips and bleeps

Things were quite different in 3000 AD. We'd discovered other planets with sentient life for instance. Five to be precise. Adam, Bill, Carl, Dave, and Eric we called them, and we used the lately ...
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Daily Life of Mr.X

18 to 21: Search around internet like a blitz. 21 to 24: Exercise, both physically and mentally. 0 to 3: Direct and amplify a searchlight. 3 to 6: Forecast about cyclones twice. 6 to 9: Watch the ...
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A book of mystery - Page I

APOLOGIES AS THE FIRST SET OF NUMBERS WAS INCORRECT. THIS IS MY FIRST TIME WRITING A PROPER STORY RIDDLE SO EXCUSE ME IF IT'S NOT GREAT. YOU'LL GET A NEW PAGE OF THE BOOK EACH TIME YOU SOLVE THE LAST ...
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I have no idea what this means

Hmm? What's this? A room. Great. Great. As if the guards don't know I'm claustrophobic. There's a strange text on the wall: Ribna tifmagta resru, sunte no, renler sludted dtednsehnun rurdal slutakdal ...
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Zed's Mystery: Thetis… Vanished into Thin Air!

My friend Thetis and I cons— wait, where's Thetis? Hmm, that's funny... she was here a minute ago.... Wait, a note!... Oh dear, it seems things have taken a turn from bad to worse; Thetis is not only ...
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Predicting the future?

I was browsing my email one morning when I got this curious email: Date: February 17, 2020 Subject: Want to see the future? Hello, I am a clairvoyant who can predict the future. I have made a fortune ...
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A timely late arrival in The Future

It is The Future, and you're living in it. Flying cars haven't arrived yet, but self-driving cars are a thing. Sort of. After the latest AI uprising, integrated route planners were banned: you have ...
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We found text from the year 2040!

Recently, the first surviving examples of text from the ███████████████e discovered! The unearthed artifacts included a collection of rectangular tablets inscribed in the hitherto unknow███████████████...
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The message is hidden in plain site

You’re an agent for the very secret PSE – Protection against Stupidity Establishment. The agency tries to prevent people doing stupid things, before they do them. You’ve been given a random email ...
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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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