Questions tagged [story]

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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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's an ...
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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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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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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!" 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 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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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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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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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 start looking over 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Sabotage at Sea - Cursed Cruise liner?

(Warning: Heavy reading incoming. I suggest writing stuff down...) It's now the year 2150, and you're one of the few people who didn't leave earth twenty years ago. Why? A deadly disease overtook the ...
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This is it. This is the one. Save your wife

You now know where your wife is, so you hop on a plane and fly over to France. You reach the house and burst through the front door, only to find the house deserted. In despair, you slump into a chair ...
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The Curse of the Ancients

The night has grown fearful. It has been a fortnight since the rising - when the dead have begun to shamble out of their graves, hunting and preying on sleeping men and women and children. The people ...
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Internship Available!* - Figure out what you're being asked to do before you sign up

Sine waves bound in rectangles shaped into prisms. Mass increases, position changes twice, and mass decreases. The prisms become rectangles and are either discarded or stored for later use. If that ...
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Word of advice: If someone beats you in a guess-the-song challenge, dominate them

Remember my friend, Jim, who, y'know, gave me that "retaliation" puzzle, which I pretended to be stumped at, just to make him happy? Well, anyone who's met me knows I don't keep people happy for long. ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery 2

"Take her away!" commands the police officer, as two other officers handcuff the blonde woman. "Good work, Detective! I can see why you were named the number one detective. Keep up the great work!". ...
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Who poisoned Hugh G. Pokitz? (a murder mystery logic puzzle)

Preface After your last mishap with a heap full of rabbits, you got sick of being lied to. Isn't life just so much easier when you can conclusively tell if someone's been telling the truth or not? ...
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A princess fell in love

Once upon a time there was a princess. She fell in love with a prince, wrote him a letter and sent it via Celeste, who was always willing to help. The prince was Laniff III and was in love ...
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The know-it-all twins

A competent logician is walking down an unfamiliar road to reach his home, until he reaches a fork. Stood by each of the routes is a twin, who both look identical to each other. He has been warned of ...
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re-re-reCAPTCHA

Last Friday, I was feeling a bit sad because I hadn't earned much rep recently, so I decided to try this awesome sock puppet thing everyone's been raving about. I logged out of my normal Puzzling ...
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A Letter from the Past

It has been quite a while since your first assignment as a P.U.Z.Z.L.E. agent. Most of your tasks weren't even half that exciting and since your boss is currently on vacation, your most important task ...
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The telltale code

The other night, while writing this Java class that could be serialized into a socket, I fell asleep and had a weird dream. In my dream, when I ran the program, the socket and the class object ...
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Musical message from a long-lost uncle

Can you help my friend figure out how the message below from her long-lost uncle indicates anything? (I should mention here: The actual message was lost, and the text below is the best that could be ...