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

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Who killed Professor Thomas Eyebright, and why?

This morning at 10am, Professor Eyebright was found laying on the floor in his dining room in a pool of his own blood. Unfortunately, he had expired during the night. The police have five suspects: ...
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Brain twister. A simple riddle to play [duplicate]

You are lost big crowded (monster). There are only two human living Jacobe and Recode . Your task is to reach your home, there are two routes and you are confused. Conditions: Jacobe always tell the ...
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At Two-Twenty-One, B, Baker Street

Inspector Jane Watson, of New Scotland Yard, paid a call on her good friends Dr. Shirley Holmes, and her roomie, the famous consulting detective Georgia Lestrade. Ms. Holmes answered the door. "Good ...
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A strange day at the beach

You are enjoying a nice day the beach when suddenly you see a note and phone floating in a bottle marqued “FREE” and you wonder how they shoved the Iphone X+ in there. Then you realize that there is a ...
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Where is Billy? [closed]

You went on a walk with Billy but he got lost. Since you're his babysitter, you have to find him! He mentioned six different local places that he would have wanted to travel to: The park, the modern ...
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What happened to the boat?

A man wandered around on a boat, And fell through a hole in the hull; He was gobbled up by a shark, And then by a flock of seagulls. Three days later the man's ghost came back, To haunt the boat with ...
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Who is the reigning queen?

A boy and a girl (Jack and Jill) were playing chess. The girl played with Red pieces and the boy played with White pieces, untraditional colors but all traditional rules. Near the end of the game, it ...
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A regular riddle

I'm kept inside a boxy cage.A prefix for the modern age, I make the messages you create fly at a supersonic rate. Now that box has me and my friends inside a box with rounded ends. You can ...
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Who killed Mr. Green, and Why?

One sun-shining day in London, Twelve people attended a party. They didn't know who was coming, But they hoped the time would be hearty. Four husbands and wives were attending, Each one of two boys ...
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Who is the tall man?

Three men were talking in a bar, after drinking quite a bit. After an intense argument on the state of the city's crime, the tall one of them was indignant that he was right. He was wearing thick ...
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The Trolley Problem Revisited

A man decided to take the trolley to work one day. Along the journey, he discovered that the trolley driver has stepped off the trolley, and now no one was driving it. Determined to reach work on time,...
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Riddle of Markburg

In a school located 3 kilometers below the city of Markburg. Alexander and his friend, Schim, talking about funny jokes but 1 hour later, Schim created a mysterious message with his pencil, coloring ...
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A locked room puzzle

“They’re in the drawing room, Sir,” said the constable who was waiting outside the doors. The house — perhaps mansion was a better word — was a square, four storey building in two acres of grounds. ...
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Spaceship Adventures

As your starship cruises through the expanse of space, you receive a message from a dear old friend. My dear friend, A sylvan heir forced us to a-long paint. (t, w) I find sun cloth in your ...
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A puzzling conversation

“I’m thinking of a word,” said Lionel. His hands moved quietly while he spoke, setting pieces in their accustomed places. “It has two zeds in it.” “How puzzling,” said Adolf, allowing himself a ...
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You surely don't want to score 100/100

The Story: Today, the Maths quizzes are handed out by the teacher. You got 100/100. Everyone got 100/100. But you're not happy with it. Everyone's not happy with it. You want to ...
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Master Bomb Defusers - The Informant

This (loosely) follows on from my first puzzle: Master Bomb Defusers It has been nearly a year since you last heard from the infamous "Mr. 5" and you've discovered there's only so long you can scroll ...
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Crossword quest? Crossword quest

It's been some time since I found the "Two brothers" server. They were quite prominent indie-game-devs back when people programmed on flash. Now the only sign of them is this preview on the long-...
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Sightseeing on Crack

Recently I went on an around-the-world vacation. Unfortunately, I dropped my phone just as I was getting out of the cab at the airport before my first flight out. Not so bad in and of itself, but ...
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An old inscription

A tribe that lived here centuries ago called the Rreiorclskl had been very mysterious until now: The only things known about them were that they liked poems, math and puzzles. However, very recently, ...
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The landing: part one (coded mystery)

You have just clambered out of bed when you hear a massive crash. The noise appeared to have come from your back garden. You peer out of your window and see a wooden box on the grass. While getting ...
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The P̷̱̚ ȁ̶͈ r̵͝ͅ å̷̡ d̷̹̑ o̸̙̓ x̵̀ͅ i̵͜͠ u̵̼̓ m̷̬̏ // Lock I

You walk into the cave. Strangely enough, you don't know why you walked into the cave. . . Wait second, What is "the cave" anyways? Where is "here"? Why are you "here"? And ...
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The Unsolvable Mystery

Imagine one day, out of nowhere, someone emails you a cipher. You can't solve it, so you post it online. You ask people what it means. But all they tell you is, "Your friend must be up to something ...
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We solved the invisible maze

We did it! We finally solved the invisible maze! In case anyone else wants to try, I'll reproduce our steps here. Here's the maze: The rules: All walls except for the outer ones are ...
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Extremely 'Fair' Rip-Off Meal

Recently I decided to dine at the X lodge in Y country. Its reviews comprehensively praised the excellent menu and the extremely fair prices. After being seated, I ordered a soda water. "Mildly ...
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A Difficult Job

My plumber gave me a perilous job--his figurines had been stolen (3). I had to endure Ian's sobbing before he would tell me the problem under his feet (2). It turns out the girl he dated had taken his ...
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Thanks, dad! Never again

No idea why my dad dragged me into this place. Some guy is performing on the stage. He's reading numbers out loud. I think it's some kind of a sequence puzzle. 1... 8... 9... 16... 17... ...
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The Grand Heist

One day, the police receive an anonymous tip that a robbery is about to occur on the fortieth story of a tall building. They grab a car and drive as fast as they can to the site. On arrival, they ...
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The highly public trial of Capo di Tutti-Capone

Chicago, Illinois, December 1929. Alleged crime lord Capo di Tutti-Capone, long thought untouchable, is finally standing trial and facing a long list of criminal charges. The press is buzzing. The ...
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Where Do I Come From And Where Am I Going?

I have long lost count of the number of days I have spent in this darkness, gaining distance from that prison. As I travel, I cannot help but fear. Soon I will land on a world of burning fire filled ...
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Clairvoyant job hunting

I recently got offered an exciting new position. Not knowing whether I should accept or stay at my current job, I sought the help of Wise Oracle to help me decide. O Wise Oracle, why did my ...
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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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To solve a simple heist

It happened by chance really. I was walking out from the bank when a man ran into me while rushing out. During our collision a piece of paper fell from his pocket. I quickly picked it up and tried ...
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An unexpected storyteller (2)

This puzzle is a little similar to a previous one of mine: An unexpected storyteller In the story, you are ultimately looking for 26 words. Although finding all the words is part of the puzzle, the ...
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Who is richer? A two-way lie-fest

The richest person in ancient Greece had to pay a special tax. The rulers rode to Alexander, a very rich man, and asked for the tax. Alexander, who liked his fortune, told them that they had the wrong ...
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My Grandpa's Box #1

My grandpa died last month. At the reading of his will, he left me a strange wooden box. A post-it-note on the side read "You were always good at puzzles." There was a number lock on the front that ...
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The lengthy and boring adventures of

I happened to write a book once. It was told by the main character - an educated adventurous gentleman with a long yet dignified name. Yet, when I sent the manuscript to the publisher, they told me ...
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It's getting harder and harder not to offend anyone

Andy, Bob and Chuck are old friends meeting for the first time in years. Scene 1: At the intersection ANDY: Hey guys! Long time no see! BOB: Hey, nice to see you, Andy! Have you seen Chuck? Is ...
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Secret Communications [duplicate]

Hopefully this pattern isn't a repeat of any puzzle posted previously... Dawn, Dec 17 XXXX "Our future is in your hands. I wish you the best of luck." With that, the hooded man lays ...
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True or False? Test it out!

Note: This is just a story made up by me for the puzzle. This is NOT a real assignment. Therefore, please DO NOT close this question. Thanks! The Puzzle: So, one day, my Science teacher, who loves ...
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In Time or out of Time, that is the question

Brushing away the tree roots hanging from the ceiling I realised that the unicorn had stopped. “I will not go further,” he said in his deep, rich voice, “you know the prophecy. There is only one who ...
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Shady business in the local paper

I work as a delivery man for our local newspaper and noticed something that has my alarm bells ringing. The embassy of Warfaretania has ordered exactly nine issues of our paper, from December 1 ...
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A simple murder mystery puzzle that I came up with

A woman was found dead in her apartment. She was hanging from the ceiling but the detectives deduced that it was not suicide because of the bruises on her body (indicating a struggle) and the mess in ...
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Monoalphabetic Game Theory

This is a third puzzle from the Monoalphabetic Equation series, you can check out the previous one here: #1, #2. Last night, I went over to my friend's house for our monthly game night. After we ...
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George's lights

Here's a short and easy one: Me and my friend were hanging out in a restaurant and on the way back we saw a strange looking, abandoned castle. We wanted to check it out, so that's what we did. The ...
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The Adventures of Jack #3

He's back at it again! 'Twas the night before Christmas, And Jack only wanted one thing. A hat - what else would he need? Jack thought about colours, possibly crimson. But the ...
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The Adventures of Jack #2

I hope you liked the first one, because Jack is back! This time Jack begins his journey in Asia, He chops off oxygen's head with a comma to get; A place where he sees Luke Skywalker's ...
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A rare glimpse into a puzzlesmith's workshop

Note: The introductory text is only for flavour. All information needed to solve the puzzle is in the images below. Feel free to skip ahead to where it says "puzzle starts here". Prologue It was a ...
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A strange series of questions

Our agency have extracted some information from a terrorist's USB drive; According to our intelligence, this supposed to point us to the six potential cities their leader's current safe house might be ...
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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 ...