Questions tagged [story]

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

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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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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 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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Let's help Sherlock, shall we?

As usual, Sherlock Holmes was getting bored by the easy cases coming to him. He decided to learn some new languages to kill some time. Being the genius he is, he learnt five languages on that mundane ...
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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 ...
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A Boyfriend's Mysterious Message

Imogen was dog-tired, but excited! After 3 gruelling weeks of 16-hour work days imposed by an iron-willed boss, she was finally finished all her projects. She'd been processing (figurative) ...
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Weird messages from a friend

I'm really worried about my friend Friedrich, until today I haven't heard anything from him for the last few weeks. I decided to message him and ask if anything is wrong, and he responded with some ...
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The old man doesn't like seagull meat

An old man and his mute niece always wanted to visit some beautiful tropical island. "Before my sight leaves me, I want to see how a real palm looks like!", said the old man. He was lying. His sight ...
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A Game Of Cat And Mouse: Part 2

Part 1 can be found here. Information from Part 1 is not required to solve this puzzle. Having identified where El Gato intends to strike next, you charter one of the Bureau's jets and fly off to ...
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My Uncle's present

It was Christmas at my Uncle's and I rushed downstairs waiting to see the present he had bought for me. But instead of a giant wrapped gift, I found a puzzle. My greetingc! I hope you are woll. ...
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“Murder!”, said the knight

It is the middle of a moonless night when the people of Birmingham are awakened by a scream coming from the streets. Someone has been murdered, they soon hear, but no body was found. Everyone gathers ...
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Master Bomb Defusers

Day 115 of your investigation and you and your ever-faithful-if-only-a-bit-slow partner have finally caught the trail of your arch-nemesis, a serial bomber known only as "Mr. 5". Doing your best to ...
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A Letter: When Sherlock meets Moriarty

After the flight, I returned to my flat, 221b, Baker Street. I knew that Moriarty was at my place. There were some muddy footprints outside my room. But not just a single person, 2 or 3 people. I ...
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A Game Of Cat And Mouse: Part 1

Inspired by Engineer Toast's "The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper" series, and NextTimeDW's "Great Puzzling Trophy" trilogy, I've decided to have a go at creating my own story-based puzzle series. I hope you ...
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The mysterious email reply

(Previous part here) Having worked out the threat in the previous email I chose to take whoever 'they' are's rage. I deleted the email and decided to write a reply... Ok, I think its about time you ...
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Ernie and the Pirates of the Caribbean

A few weeks ago, I dropped in to see Ernie to ask if he was willing to look after the cat while I was on holiday in the Caribbean. “No problem.” he replied then showed me an old leather-covered book, ...
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The Temple of Puzzling

Part of the Community Metapuzzle, although it can be solved on it's own. The password in the puzzle below is also the word needed for the Metapuzzle. Link to the metapuzzle by Deusovi is here. ...
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Pathetic Neighbor!

Mr. Heisenberg recently moved next to my apartment. An old and needy person I say. Disgusted with the continuous taps and noises on my door I decided to leave the apartment. Well, are you thinking ...
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♦ Series - Getting a free donut

Introduction There is a way to get a free donut at a coffee shop near the Stack Exchange offices. However, you are required to solve a phrase and convert it into a single number. Codes You watch ...
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Finding Detective Jack!

I am Aidan and I am a detective. I am in a country I have never visited before. Jack and I have been working on a task for a few days now. We have been very successful in solving a murder mystery ...
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Prison Pizza Party

You are an inmate at Infinity Prison, where prisoners must work together to solve a challenging riddle every day to ensure their very survival. But today is your lucky break; the warden has decided to ...
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The Marching Tune

And a one, and a two, and a three four five six! Or a one, and a two, and a three four five! From my home right here, To the end way down there! And then I have a choice Of a one, a two, or a ...
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The Cipher Machine

"CIPHER, CIPHER, CIPHERS. I LOVE CIPHERS. A LOT. YOU HAVE NO IDEA HOW MUCH I LIKE THEM. THEY ARE VERY FUN!", said the cryptographer. "YOU HAVE NO IDEA." "ANYWAYS, THERE ARE INPUTS AND ...
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An encoded message for Nigel

Nigel came inside from his back garden carrying the peas he'd harvested, and dumped them onto the table to be sorted according to which were edible and which weren't. Just as he did so, he noticed a ...
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Away from the hub

Today I got a weird FaceTime call from teenage girl I didn't know. They must have dialled the wrong number, but I was too intrigued to hang up. Instead, I covered my camera and turned off the ...
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Save the Eggs! - An Angry Birds Puzzle (Part 2)

⬅️ Angry Birds 1 After saving the eggs, the birds are more cautious. Good News! You can finally relax and enjoy the birds’ hospitality. Unfortunately for you, you’re not the only visitor in town. ...
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Lights in the Dungeon: Hooty and the Message

This is the fifth in a series Lights in the Dungeon puzzles. previous (4th) <-- There is a lot of flavorful fluff here but, if you want, you can probably just skip down to the map and try to ...
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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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The final showdown

I am amazed at my adviser's brilliance once again. Blackbeard's vanguard fleet was quickly sunk. And as luck would have it, the moment we finished cleaning up the mess, the scout returned with the ...
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Infinitely long loaf of Bread [closed]

You are visiting your old friend Mike at Infinitely's Baking Shop. Just as you arrived, he was taking out a fresh, infinitely long loaf of bread. Both of its ends extend infinitely long in a ...
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Missed appointment

The story This story occurs not far from Liège, in Belgium. We are January 1st, 2013. Two bad men prepare the attack of a train. To do this, they set an appointment, during the year, at 2:30 a.m., ...
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Mysterious Murder Mystery 4

The sky is dark, filled with black clouds. The sun, high in the sky, still shining, trying to cut through the dark, thick, black clouds. The moon, slowly turning red, slowly taking over. You hear a ...
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Don't clear your terminal history 2

Previously, on terminal use... The door accepted your input and slid open! Unfortunately, so did a trap door under your feet. You slide down and end up in another room. The only apparent exit is a ...
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The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper: Crime Scene #3

The Story: This was quickly getting old. They'd solved the kidnapper's (killer's?) puzzle again and it was another creepy song lyric. No, that's not fair. They're only creepy when they're from a ...
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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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Labeling wires in a *damaged* bundle

Variant of: Labeling wires in a bundle At a remote location, you just finished trenching a data cable across a large plot of land. The cable has 64 individual wires that are not color-coded or ...
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The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper: Crime Scene #2

The Story: Sergeant Vimes had been unable to get very far with the painting found at last night's crime scene and was feeling frustrated and tired after losing so much sleep the night before. They'd ...
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Kitty's New Mission

A new year and a new mission for Kitty. Having successfully located the bomb on the previous mission, Kitty is on the next level of training and is delighted to see conditions have improved ...
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Curiouser and Curiouser

CHAPTER ONE Alice was beginning to get very tired of sitting by her sister on the bank, and of having nothing to do: when she was overcome with the strangest sense of deja vu, and saw a 7x3 grid of ...
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Bankers with rancor

Three colleagues at the bank are boasting to each other… Colleague 1: “Ask anybody – I’m clearly the best.” Colleague 2: “And how do you figure that?!” Colleague 1: “Well, just ...
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How would you like your face? Scrambled?

Great! First day on the job here at the F.B.I., and I've got a mess on my hands. Someone hacked into Langley's mainframe and scrambled twelve of the mugshots that we have on file, and it's my ...
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Does this need to be fixed?

I found this device the other day - it seems like a calculator, but the results it's giving me don't make any sense. Here, if I try this... $6 + 3 = 38$ See! It doesn't make any sense at all. Should ...
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Aquaman's Revenge!

After you posted mean things online about Aquaman, he found out where you lived and kidnapped you (using his awesome aqua-powers), taking you to his super-secret aqua-lair. He has placed you in a room ...
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The shrink and his patient (Part 1)

This is an entry in the 15th Fortnightly Topic Challenge. Harold Smith, a coffee in his hand, was contemplating his sleeping wife. Once again, he was up early, way before the alarm. "Why didn't I ...
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Help locate enemy fleet

Few days ago, the notorious Blackbeard sunk 3 of my ships carrying exotic goods and treasures from Asia. I was furious and I am determined to send out my fleet to bring him to justice. However, as he ...
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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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Puzzle Hunt 02: Echoes of Change

This is part two in my clichéd treasure island puzzle series. The story carries directly on from part one. You take an incredulous look at the map. spoiler for part one "That's a bit of a cliché. "...
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Helping the Heiress… again

This riddle is a sequel of sorts to my previous puzzle, the Twelve Zodiac Coins. If you haven't seen that one, I would strongly recommend you take a look at it first. As a reward for helping the ...