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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 Mysterious Magazine

Story Details You're George, an old man that usually goes to a kiosk every morning in order to buy the newspaper. So, as usual, you left home at 8:15am and you went to the kiosk to buy the daily ...
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There's a Ghost of a Chance!

It's the eve of Halloween, and everyone is gathering for the Monster Bash at the Monster Mansion. The same haunts are hosting this year's event: Count Dracula, Frankenstein's Monster, Wolfman, Mummy, ...
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Charlie's geography presentation

Okay, so hi everyone. I’m Charlie and I’d like to talk to you about my home country, the United States of America. We’re the third most populous nation in the world (after China and India), have the ...
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What's In The Box?

Welcome to Archie's Fun House! I would like to begin by thanking you for paying us a visit today. This is a craaaaaazy place indeed! Today though, we have something rather special waiting for you. It'...
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The Pie-Maker's Son

Preface: There's a lot of background story here. Most of it is just for fun but there are definitely clues sprinkled throughout. If you want the strict puzzle, skip on down to the bottom. For many ...
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Director Fury wants his CORE back, one of the Avengers stole it

I'm trying to add a bit of story to this riddle/puzzle, so blame me for trying! I hope you like it, might be a bit rough at first, it's the first time I'm doing this myself. I enjoyed making it so ...
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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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International Consulting

The people of country X are quite eccentric. Here are some of their more interesting rules and customs. The children love candy, but no one is a fan of sugary drinks. There are no sushi ...
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Pilgrims On The Road To Ruffle Downs

Five pilgrims approach while you watch at a turnpike on the road, headed up to Ruffle Downs. They have not the appearance of robbers, so you rise, exit your cottage, and shout out to them: “Pilgrims ...
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A Great-Aunt's Cryptic Invitation

My great-aunt is one of those stuffy old ladies whose house looks like it was transported intact from the 1950s. It always smells a little like mothballs, and the amount of framed embroideries and ...
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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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They're Watching Me

When I woke up early in the morning, there were 15 of these staring at me. I closed my eyes for a snooze, and when I opened them, there were still 15. I arose to get dressed and when I turned back ...
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Girls are Mean!

Can you help poor little Benjamin fix his homework paper before he submits it? He needs to know what words to put back into his paper. Transcript: ...
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5 Words with new friends

I joined my new co-workers at the bar after finally figuring out the menu and ordering myself some beer. I sat down and started chatting and getting to know my new peers. Gustav told me about how on ...
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An Unfamiliar Day in the Life

Let me tell you about the day in my life that everything changed. Maybe it will sound something like your life. Maybe only bits and pieces will seem familiar. I got up early this morning, but ...
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Lau's Labyrinth

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. Our heroes open the door and the remaining doors vanish accompanied by the sounds of grinding stone. The magnificent structure ...
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My wife is lost, my GPS is lost. Where are we?

"Darling, can you please turn on the GPS?" I asked my wife. "Hang on, I know exactly where we are", she replied. "Can you, for once, listen to me?" She ignored my remark, immersed in the reading of ...
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Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark

This puzzle follows the convention that anything outside a quote is flavour text. So last night I left my computer running. You know - when computers get older they want to bend the rules a bit. Don'...
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Labryca — Floor 4: I've Just Seen a Face

Labrycean Navigator You are currently on: 4F 1F 2F 3F 4F 5F 6F 7F 8F 9F 10F 11F A Few Administrative Notes Yes, I’ve come back from the dead… for now, at least. All updates beginning from here ...
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Discovering the past

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge... Soon it'll be your 20th birthday. Time is ticking... and you're spending it in the car going to check the new house you will be moving into with your ...
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The Sinister Killer

The body was lying naked on the floor of an apartment living room. Crime scene investigators and forensics were inspecting the body and the nearby area. You, detective Randy, opened the door and ...
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What's the passcode?

One morning, as you wake up, you feel something on your face: It's a letter. As you take it off your face to read it, You fall off your bed. Uurrrgh, you say and stand up. The letter says: ...
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The head chef and the mad king [closed]

There's unrest in the royal kitchen. The king has lost his mind. The head chef tells his cooks his one wish: to stop the king from bullying him once and for all. They conclude that the only way to ...
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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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Sally's older brother

Sally smiles at her older brother and says, "Happy 30th birthday!" He shakes his head and replies, "I'm not 30 yet, but you are!" How is this possible?
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Harriet's final exam

Harriet woke up in her dorm room and found a letter from the school's faculty, along with 12 small cards with some words written on them. Congratulations on completing the coursework in the ...
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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 Missing Taste

After a tiring soccer match which I absquatulated because I got insulted all the time by my own teammates, I went to my regular restaurant and ordered a fancy sashimi “the agushi special” but the ...
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The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper: Crime Scene #5 (The last crime scene)

The Story: It had taken longer than planned to sneak out after having solved the word search with the hidden message. Vimes was worried that he had alrady failed. Having taken the stairs to reduce the ...
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The Hyper-Modern Kidnapper: Crime Scene #1

The Story: Sergeant Vimes grunted as he climbed out of his car. Looking up at the latest crime scene, he had an idea he wouldn't be getting back to bed any time soon. He would have shrugged it off to ...
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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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What does any of this have to do with chickens?

A few words about me: Whenever I need something investigated, I always turn to a 1990s dance artist. I have no problem travelling to the Free State, but will refuse to go further south ...
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The Chinese car deal

Me and my darling were in China recently and decided to buy a brand new car from a trustworthy-looking local fellow. Afterwards, I noticed some similarities between My darling, the ...
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The Crossroads of Dejection

On all beings journey of life there will come a time in which an important decision must be made. This is that point in time You have reached the Crossroads of Dejection as many lost travelers do, ...
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How was the math test?

Recently, one of my friends was confiding in me about her teenage son. “He’s a good kid. Smart, kind, responsible, but he never talks to me, you know?” I told her I didn’t. “Well, for example,” she ...
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PATROL Around Time Reliable Officers of Law

You've just passed your field test, and are now a fully certified PATROL officer! Your mother would be so proud of you right now! You're introduced to your new partner, a well-respected but sometimes ...
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A story of manicheism

One day, a friend came at me, visibly excited and not having slept for a long time. He told me, I think, of a show he saw during the past few days: So, there was this guy, a ginger guy. We already ...
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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 Messed Up Family and the Lost Brother

My dear brother, It has been almost nine years since we lost you. We’re a big family so losing just one may not seem like much of a loss but it has left a hole nonetheless. You’re still here ...
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Puzzling SE's Annual Advent Calendar 2016

It had finally arrived! PSE's annual Christmas advent calendar for 2016! The one thing that I had been waiting for all year! I tore open the packaging and let out a delighted gasp at this year's new ...
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A strange crazy lady and her ramblings

I met a strange lady yesterday. She started talking to me and said the weirdest thing: "I have been boiling cats to get cows. Six cats for a cow, you know? But nothing happened." I was ...
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Stuck in a mob - one important call needs to be taken!

Oh, my phone is dead again! Want to know why? Well, I just spent 2 hours on a call with my friend. He loves gossips and I was caught in one of his epic tale! Today, he narrated this story to me. Me ...
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A horrible TV show

Yesterday I had lunch with my grandma and she told me about this pilot episode she saw in a local TV channel. She's a bit senile though, so she could not remember the name of any of the characters. ...
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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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Vulnerable Outside the System

I may be vulnerable here on the outside, back within your reach, but some of my kind run amok within their systems. Many are protected by fiery walls. One busies his time running cycles. Still ...
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Mad Scientist Murdered!

Been a while since I've been on the site, I like what you guys have done with the place! Returned to find that the fortnightly topic was Science, one that I had suggested, so I couldn't resist ...
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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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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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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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A Trivial Diagnosis

"It's the same stuff over and over, doc." "Can you try to explain it?" "OK. Well, at first... I—I feel high. My eyes are red, I can't breathe; I feel crazy!" "What else?" "There's ...