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

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The 3 keys of the past

The key to this puzzle is the past You don't need another hint...
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The Islanders and their Birthday Presents

Once upon a time, a band of colonists, all having distinct birthdays, settled on a remote island. They had brought some mementos from the old country, around which certain mores regarding friendships ...
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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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At my Wits' End

Some years back, toward the beginning of the school year, I got a call from my kid about a leadership opportunity that he wanted to pursue after normal school hours. I was pleasantly surprised, so of ...
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Old love letters - but who wrote them?

I recently discovered some old love letters, I estimate that some of them date back as much as 40 years. Here are some snippets from a few of them$\ldots$ We share so many little memories that ...
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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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A Pirate's Life For Me!

A Quick Note If you've seen any of my recent Riley riddles, then you knew this was coming. I've been working on this one for a week, and it was honestly quite tough to figure out what I really wanted ...
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Copycat Chess (Part 3/3)

After finishing the mating move in the second game, Li Chai looked at the mandarin and asked: What do you say now? Kao Tse answered: It's not much of an achievement if you take my mating piece. ...
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A death at a restaurant

You are a mafia leader and because of mysterious recent developments, you had to call the meeting of heads which is happening right now at your's cousin restaurant. The problem is, after the opening ...
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Elizabeth's six destinations

The ship departed from the Lisbon harbour. Elizabeth sat in her cabin, holding a small USB device in her hand. The important information it contained was meant for the authorities of six foreign ...
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Blindfold Bingo

Congratulations, you have been selected from among the audience to compete in the fabulous Blindfold Bingo challenge! (cue annoying, yet catchy theme music.) Here you see our perfectly ordinary Bingo ...
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The Map to Radiance

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1 In an adventure to find a special area, Radiance, in the mythical land of Geome, our heroes seek out a map to their destinies, ...
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The Djinni, the Marid and the Oracle (working title) :P

Although I like this puzzle, I'm still fairly new to this site and I've never tried to write one like this before. I think it may be a little too long, a bit too easy and some of the spelling and/or ...
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A fancy man talking nonsense

One day I met a fancy man, and tried to talk to him: ME : Hello sir! How is your day? HIM: Are you conversing with my person ? ME : Yes I am, you seem like a very interesting person and I'd ...
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A Tale of Snake and Coffee

I had the strangest dream last night: I am in field of red stones. I start walking around until a smell of fresh coffee catches my attention. I follow it until I see a large cave, and in its ...
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One of us carries a shield

Hi, I'm Jackie. I'm pretty sure you know me already, but in any case it's nice to meet in person. I'd like to talk a little bit about my little group. I wouldn't call myself our leader in any ...
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Evil Kidnappers are the worst!

You wake up to the sight of a lamp hanging from a grey ceiling. You ask yourself, Where am I? The last thing you remember is falling asleep in bed last night. Sitting up, you look around. You're on ...
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What should he have said at the door?

A man walked into a store and spoke abruptly, "I need four apples, three eggs, a broom, a dustpan and well ... I suppose we need don't need any flour." After a pause to regard the new man, the ...
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The trained agent

Your headquarter has sent an encrypted message to your phone: ...
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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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The witch and the drunk

It's the first riddle I've ever made up myself so hopefully it's not too vague, too hard or too easy. Long long ago in a place by the sea William the drunkard got down on one knee "Please wife"...
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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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What was the child sent to buy?

One day Mrs Busy was throwing a dinner party for her friends with tastes as refined as hers. Amid preparations she noticed that she was missing a few important things, but didn't have the time to go ...
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Origin of Civilization

"You won't believe this!" my colleague said, shaking with excitement. He dragged me into his office. "Before I show you this discovery," he said, "let me fill you in on Saharan mythology." Oh, boy. ...
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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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A Tale Of Mudport

My friend told me a story. Once upon a time, there was a small town in a dismal swampy land, Mudport by name, that was ruled by the eccentric Lord Pol. Lord Pol was short, aged, and dictatorial. ...
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Mr. Yamaguchi's unusual message

My good friend, Ed Yamaguchi, has been developing an interesting new technology that could help put a serious dent in the energy crisis. We had arranged to meet a few hours from now; he was flying in ...
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Copycat Chess (Part 2/3)

The mandarin stared bewildered on the chess board after Li Chai finished his winning move: But it didn't last for long. He grabbed his queen and repeated Li Chais last move while announcing: What ...
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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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Mysterious Murder Mystery 5

The room is pitch black; the only thing giving any sort of light is the moon. You look around, but can’t seem to see much at all. Suddenly, music starts playing and giant rats appear out of nowhere, ...
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A Strange Case of Dementia

“...on the next episode of Planet Money, we welcome famous author and...” I woke up in a hospital to the sound of radio playing softly in the background. To my left, three stacks of machine beeped ...
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A puzzle-loving lady's phone number

After a long day, you head to your local bar for a couple of drinks. Halfway through your second beer, a pretty girl walks up to you and points to the empty chair next to you. "Is this seat taken?" ...
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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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The boredom of Mr. Goldy

"Today is a lame day," stated Mr. Goldy. Indeed, this poor man is quite lonely as he lost his brother years ago. That was a terrible time for him. His brother was a very important part of his life, ...
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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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Which star was closest to them?

This riddle is actually a short story, and a pretty hard one to crack. I've read it in a book literally more than 8 years ago, but I still remember the important parts, as well as the solution. The ...
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Let me Introduce you to the Band

If you need anything, just let me know—I'll point you in the right direction. Let me start out by counting off our members. The tall one there is named Martin. He's kinda offensive and always pissing ...
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Cryptic Hour Pyramid!

A pyramid is on fire. Being an archaeologist, you went to Egypt to study a very ancient pyramid. While you were on top of it, the pyramid caught fire. It was time to run when you discovered that, ...
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The Death Of An Angel

Lovely she was, oh the things I wanted to do to her... Going to that nice restaurant, eating everything I could and even more. Giving her that ring was hard, I desired to keep it for ...
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Puzzle: Who is the winner of the Great Puzzling Trophy?

It’s the 10th annual award ceremony for the Puzzling StackExchange community! As the host and his attendants are handing out the awards to the best members of the community, they suddenly realize that ...
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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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The Enchanted Cave: Letter Diction

You've prepared your whole life for this moment... This is it! You're at the entrance to the Enchanted Cave! After a whole climb up the mountain to get here, you're exhausted and pretty parched, but ...
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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 way to beat the system?

I and my friend have always had an interest in gambling. Every week, we each have $£100$ to spare, and we like to bet it on football games at the bookmaker’s. In the long term, we (unsurprisingly) don’...
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Livestreaming Hacker: poor security and unwise choices

"Hello, internet. You wanted to see how to breach a secure system? Well, I've picked one out just for you to watch me hack into live. Let's make this happen. Breaching level 1... now!" "Ooh, four ...
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Labryca — Floor 1: Now, It Begins

Labrycean Navigator You are currently on: 1F 1F 2F 3F 4F 5F 6F 7F 8F 9F 10F 11F Background "Labryca" is a regular cipher-based puzzle series I plan to run and update roughly every two weeks with a ...
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Twelve past eleven at the police station

An immeasurably large kudos to this puzzle, which was the inspiration for this one. All of the blanks in the following passage may be filled with words. Each of the seven blanks contains one distinct ...
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Stupor automobile-correct

I recentle bought a new phon. I cet the local tew Auctralee, and auph I went. It wauc good tew hav a new phon. I wauc then praumpted and wethe I wanted predictiv tecct, and the trabl ctated. Every ...
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Fred Dews and his Bored Views

Fred Dews is (again) driving his old clunker to the repair shop in his rural hometown, when he suddenly gets a phone call from a childhood friend. Lord Kies, as he is nowadays called, has to be in the ...
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Hot Spring Homicides - the unlucky 5

(Warning: Heavy reading incoming, you may want to take notes. You have been warned) It's the year 2157, and you're one of the few people who didn't leave earth twenty seven years ago. Why? A deadly ...