Questions tagged [story]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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A Space Station 13 complicated escape

After successfully resolving this tricky situation, you, the Captain of the Space Station 13, have ordered what remains of your crew to gather in the escape shuttle. Accompanied by the Security ...
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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 ...
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Oops! All Acros--

This puzzle was originally formatted as a PDF; the puzzle PDF is available on Dropbox. A screenshot of the PDF is available below. This puzzle is an entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge 46, "...
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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 maze of letters - Clue Three

<---Previous clue This is an entry in the 12th Fortnightly Topic Challenge Inspiration from @BMyGuest's puzzle After keying in your answer, the screen goes dark, and emits a BEEP!You step back ...
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The bakery - Clue Twenty One

<<---First clue <---Previous clue (No, I haven't just gone and jeopardized Mithrandir's entire series, I have been given permission by him to do clue 21.) A note from @Mithrandir: I have ...
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Lights in the Dungeon: Eighteen by Eleven

This is the fourth in a series Lights in the Dungeon puzzles. previous (3rd) <--|--> next (5th) The five by five dungeon was only a little harder than the previous ones. You're feeling pretty ...
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The seemingly innocent message - Clue Four

<---Previous clue "Whew," you exhale after making it through the maze alive. "That was tough."After stopping to drink a bit of water from your backpack (did you forget that you had it? We ...
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Forget the freehand red circles - it's a freehand rebus! - Clue Twenty Eight

<<---First clue <--Previous clue This is an entry in the 26th Fortnightly Topic Challenge. You speak the password. The entire space shudders, and the wall that you were leaning on open, ...
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Revenge [cryptic] rebus puzzles

Enjoyed these did you? Felt they were a bit too easy? The rebuses are feeling bitter about their loss, and they will only concede defeat if you break their puzzle: Wait a second... they've sent a ...
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Falcon Circus, Chapter 2: The Wise

The Predator The hidden voice behind the monster's bellows caught your attention. You scramble backwards and shout, "Sparrow!" Light streams in as the door behind you opens. You go through, shaking ...
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Dance a Jigsaw - Clue Fifteen

<<---First clue <---Previous clue Now that you had your clue, you have a feeling that it might be time to get out. You look around for a door, and... don't see one. However, you do see ...
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There's no place like Home Theater!

Dorothy, now 93 years old, was watching some of her favorite movies in her home theater when, as one would expect in tornadic climes such as Kansas, her house blew away to somewhere over the rainbow. "...
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Uncle Mort's Idiots

Uncle Mort was dead. Samuelson, the family lawyer, read the will. It stated that since he had no children of his own, his whole estate was to be divided between his two nieces, Roseanne and Chelsea ...
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A Cryptic Clue Nineteen

<<---First clue <---Previous clue You close the computer and stand up. You now have 18 clues. Only [redacted] more to go!, you think. You head to the door and try to open it. It didn't open....
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An Unfortunate Conundrum Involving Extremes

The tide recedes as I sit in the fenced garden on my roof. A jagged rock lies ready to wreck the mariner who errs. A seabird screeches somewhere to my rear. Longing, I look at the world beyond the ...
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The rock wall of letters — Clue Seven

<--Previous clue Click! The door swing open, to reveal a yellow room. "It looks like a banana," you mutter as you walk in. Then you see the right wall. On it is something like a rock-climbing ...
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The Word Web - Clue Sixteen

<<---First clue <---Previous clue Inspiration from here. A lot of credit to @Scimonster here; we created this puzzle together. "Aha!" you exclaim, finally spotting the door - it'...
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The scrambled riddle - Clue Twenty

<<---First clue <---Previous clue You walk through the door. Everything is dark. You walk forwards slowly. Then, suddenly, you slip on something, just as the light goes on. "Aghhhh!&...
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Why the 'Be Nice' policy? - Clue Eight

<---Previous clue You push the buttons under the letters on the rock wall. Nothing happens for a moment. Then there is a rumbling noise. gggrrrrrrrRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR The rumbling stops. You ...
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Uncle Sam's rebus - Clue Eleven

<---Previous clue After the easiness of the previous clue, you feel sure that the puzzles will start to get harder now. And the sign ahead seems to confirm that: This is the last easy puzzle ...
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The Perplhexing Mystery

There has been a jailbreak in my (imaginary) town. And I, a Junior Detective of the town, have gone to investigate this. As I reach the police station, an inspector comes out to greet me. No doubt he ...
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Lights in the Dungeon: Five by Five

This is the third in a series Lights in the Dungeon puzzles. previous (2nd) <-- | --> next (4th) You are practically skipping as you leave the four by four dungeon. This has been pretty easy so ...
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The mysterious equations - Clue Twenty Seven

<<---First clue <---Previous clue A note from @Mithrandir: I have given explicit permission for @Volatility to post this, and gave him the answer to encode. If you want to post one, ping @...
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What do chess and wordoku have to do with each other? - Clue Thirty-One

<<---First clue <---Previous clue (?) "Aha! That's it," you exclaim, still holding the papers. "The answer is obviously [redacted]." Having figured out the answer, you ...
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Disaster in Madrid!

A couple were in a car racing madly through Madrid in the middle of the night. Suddenly the engine juddered, whirred, and died. The broken-down car rolled to a halt, leaving them stranded with nobody ...
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Lights in the Dungeon: Four by Four

This is the second in a series Lights in the Dungeon puzzles. previous (1st) <-- | --> next (3rd) As you exit the three by three dungeon, you are greeted by a grinning Lord Hooty McOwlface. A ...
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Where is the pilot flying to? (Third Destination)

After a close call with his first flight, and with the feds still scratching their heads with his second flight, Barry once again received the instructions for his next flight from The Don of the ...
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The [redacted] showing off their skills - Clue Nine

<---Previous clue "[redacted]1" you say out loud. You've learned by now - sometimes you need to say it. Sure enough, something starts happening. The yellow walls turn green, as if they are only ...
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I'm a messenger - Clue Five

<---Previous clue The door swings open. You step inside, ready for another puzzle, be it cipher, maze, riddle, or mysterious signs. As you step into the room, which was [redacted], a screen comes ...
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Add two more and you'll have me - Clue Thirteen

<---Previous clue The light shuts off, and you are left in the dark - for a moment. Then you notice a glow coming from the tiled floor. You peer down to have a better look. In a 3x2 space, the six ...
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An invisible image - Clue Ten

<---Previous clue [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] [redacted] "Where?" you ask. "I don't see anything." "That's the point - the image is invisible, doofus." You ...
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The strange phrases - Clue Thirty

<<---First clue <---Previous clue Aha! You think, and type in the answer. Ding! The pad beeps, and opens a previously-hidden drawer. Inside is what appears to be a... bunch of strange ...
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The Cryptic Lab *1*

Once you've finished this puzzle, you can go to The Cryptic Lab +2+ This is a remake of the old puzzle, which was too broad (and I made such a terrible puzzle, lol). This is a harder yet simpler ...
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An enigmatic rebus - Clue Twenty Five

<<---First clue <---Previous clue You head through the door. Immediately, you are blinded by a sudden burst of light. You stand in the doorway, blinking, as the door closes and pushes you ...
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A reprieve from the brain-stretching - Clue Twenty Three

<<---First clue <--Previous clue You push the door open. You look around, expecting another hard puzzle like the previous one. You look at the floor. It says: In recognition of you work, ...
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Falcon Circus, Chapter 1: The Predator

The Decision With three doors to choose from and three riddles to solve, you decide to stick to one. Of the three, the left door seemed the shortest and easiest... and indeed it was. You walk up to ...
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Some messed up words - Clue Six

<---Previous clue The door swings open, to reveal [redacted] waiting there for you. Your jaw drops. You had no idea that this was so important, that she would get involved. [redacted] steps ...
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The Cryptic Lab +2+

SPOILER ALERT! IF YOU HAVEN'T LOOKED AT MY QUESTION BEFORE, The Cryptic Lab *1*, YOU WON'T UNDERSTAND MUCH HERE! I'm glad people enjoyed the first part of the puzzle. I didn't think any of you would, ...
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The strange notebook - Clue Seventeen

<<---First clue <---Previous clue The door swings open. You step through, and it closes - thud - behind you. You look around. You are in what appears to be a normal living room, with some ...
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RIP Puzzling! (#1)

May 28, 2024 - On htttps://puzzling2.exchange.com/ The workflow of questions is normal, everything is good on this new site; yet let's see what's happening on our father site, the great htttps://...
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This is it. This is the one. Find your wife

If you have found her, maybe you could try saving her? You come home one day and find your wife is out. You open your computer and discover an email from her. To xxxxx, / Curiosity killed the ...