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

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Ultimate Puzzling Challenge: How it starts

You are Bob. Today you find a letter in the mail. It says: You have been chosen to compete in the Ultimate Puzzling Challenge, along with 1,048,575 others. It is a challenge where you will ...
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Welcome to the American Puzzling Championship!

*It's been a thrilling few days of puzzling here at the American Puzzling Championships, where representatives of the 48 contiguous states have been sharing their mental abilities. Here's some of the ...
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Fateful golf game… in November

"What a beautiful day!" I think to myself, contemplating that last round of golf with Oscar. Checking into the hotel, Oscar confided in me, "Mike, there are some strange things happening. Whenever I ...
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Mixing business and pleasure

I asked my manager if it was okay for my friends to come hang around at the shop. Here's his answer: As I've said, they're always very welcome. But can I just remind that we'll keep working? ...
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Who stole my laptop?

It’s obvious that one of my “friends” was lying to me back in March this year. Someone who knew I’d be gone stole my $1,500 laptop and my crappy old broken microwave (I probably won’t ask for that one ...
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The Knights' Gift

This puzzle is loosely inspired by Food Similarities. I'd like to begin, if I may, with 1 anecdote. This story was written on 2 scrolls more than 900 years ago, and goes as follows - Once there ...
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The jewel's legacy (part 1)

Here is my very first puzzle, in the form of several smaller puzzles (around 10, can be changed) linked by a story. Here is the first part, a not-so-small introduction and the first puzzle. You, a ...
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The Mathematics Department

After a whirlwind tour of the English department, the tour entered the Mathematics department. Upon entering, I immediately heard some interesting conversations: "It's like a puzzle, that game..." ...
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A manager's dilemma

A sports manager was walking nervously on the street. It was a stressful time for him and he didn't know what to do. Two of their biggest stars had drunkenly trashed another hotel room after a ...
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A Riley some Math and a Confusing Note

A Quick Note I am having a hard time picking a topic for my next story riddle and have decided to make a new puzzle. Today I have combined a multitude of puzzles into a single larger puzzle to make ...
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The Knights and the Hounds

(With thanks and congratulations to Lee Leon) We rejoin our heroes several days after the events of The Knights' Gift, at the head of a pack of enormous staghounds, 1000 strong. Such a pack ...
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The shrink and his patient (Part 2)

If you missed the first part, here it is. Harold reached home the faster he could. Quick, to the baby's bed. "No, no, no, it can be true!". He searched the whole house but he could not find the baby ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #4

My five years old pupil Magnus is really on fire ! After three wins in the first, second and third games, he is playing White today in round 4 against one of the tournament's favorites (a child who ...
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Prepare for the counterattack

My adviser's brilliance crushed the Blackbeard's fleet, and we held a banquet to celebrate. The banquet was short lived however, for a arrow flew right past me and struck a pillar. Attached was a ...
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The princess' journey came to a crossroad

This is a sequel to A princess fell in love During her journey, the princess encountered a very strange crossroad. Can you help you her choose a safe way to go to the prince? What would she ...
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A letter telling my great-great-grandfather's death-day

Yesterday, while I was tidying my attic, I found a letter dedicated to my great-great-grandfather. (Note that the letter was inside a box which my great-great-grandfather transmitted to my great-...
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A Space Station 13 malfunctioning A.I

Disclaimer: It is not necessary to read the previous puzzle, or the one before even if it continues on the same story. The current puzzle is a different one which can work as a pure standalone. ...
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The Adventure of Jack #1

Jack's adventure starts at the top left of the table, Hey, Vietnamese money should be removed! So he adventures along to Rome, stopping for 50 minutes. And suddenly he's back at the ...
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Colorado Carl and the Lazurite Lizard - Part Two

This is a continuation of the story started here. It's been a crazy few weeks since you first deciphered Sam Smitherson's letter asking to meet at the Powell's Bookstore Café in Portland. You got ...
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Ultimate Puzzling Challenge: Puzzle A2

Note: story starts here Bob (aka you) happily goes to the challenge organizers, ready to go on. You get a small large note: Hi challenger,Looks like you're on to puzzle A2! This is a bit harder, ...
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Robot Long and Robot High

Note: supercat's answer was the closest to what I was intending. I've started a second question to ask a better way to phrase this puzzle that will allow more people to recognize the solution without ...
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Kidnapped Chapter 1: Marcus’ message

You and your friend Marcus celebrated his birthday at your house, but when you wake up, you find an audio recorder with a white label on it, saying: “sorry buddy”. You play the recorder and practise ...
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The Binomial Elks Club

The Binomial Elks Club For many months, Bill Gates had heard whispers of an exclusive club for the super rich, but when pressed, no one would provide any details. The secrecy surrounding the club ...
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What is the hidden phrase in this story?

Could you find the hidden phrase in this fragment? ...
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How did he know which rose to pick?

One day a wife picked a rose from a magical bush. Little did she know the rose bushed was cursed by a witch and who ever picks a rose from her bush gets turned into a rose and put on the bush. The ...
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Ultimate Puzzling Challenge: Puzzle A1

Note: The story begins here You are Bob. You excitedly go to the starting area to start Section A (maps). You are presented with this letter: So you finished that one, huh? You are now starting ...
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The Cryptic Lab ~3~

SPOILER ALERT PLEASE READ The Cryptic Lab * 1 * AND The Cryptic Lab +2+ BEFORE READING PART 3! The series is getting less and less attention, so I might close it sooner than I think; after part 5 is ...
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The mysterious box: The First Clue

It was a normal day when I got the box came in the post. I opened it and found a handful of objects inside. I picked out a piece of paper and on it was a riddle: The next clue lies within the top ...
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Reconstructing A Chess Game #3 (fanmade)

I'm a huge fan of the first 2 parts made by @Evargalo, so i'll try too My teacher once told me a strategy to defeat the enemy in the second turn. I was so excited (:P) I forgot it. Can you help me?