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

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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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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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Where did I go on this trip?

I went on a trip yesterday. However I can't quite remember where I went. All I have is my diary entry for yesterday, but I'm struggling to make out where it was I went still. Maybe you can help? ...
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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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Missing No. 53 - Act 1: A Musty House

2/10/2020 Agent: Delta Flash Subject: William Plixer Age: 37 Gender: Male Appearance: Crew cut hazelnut hair. Round, blue eyes, snub nose, attached earlobes, and thin lips on ...
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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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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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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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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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Puzzle Hunt 01: A cliched treasure map

This is my first puzzle, but strongly influenced in style by the type of puzzles you see monthly at Puzzled Pint. If you are fortunate enough to live in a city where they are hosted, I would really ...
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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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Cloudy with a chance of meatballs

I discovered that I can control the local weather, depending on what color shirt and hat I wear at a given location. My home country of Flanmanistan has hired me to go back and do drought and famine ...
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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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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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A journey through letters and numbers

In the year 2407476658354979366708415043923125501315337890943021769230219230892355006879909214795402102204224, as cosmopolitanism is in the air and companies are more than ever bound to ...
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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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Twelve Labours - #11 Hesper's Hypermarket

This puzzle is part of the ‘Twelve Labours’ series, but can be solved independently. Previous instalments can be found here: Prologue | 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 | 06 | 07 | 08 | 09 | 10 His business ...
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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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Even my father ignored me, Who am I?

I'm the forgotten child. Once my half brother came into the picture, I was swiftly forgotten by most. Even my older brother refused to work with me. We were forced to play together, but he was always ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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That's a story for another time

I'm a fan of nested puzzles, and especially puzzles that tell a story. I'm finding that I am quite good at them, so I'd like to post this one for the community. I wish you all the best of luck! ...
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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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Please help me cook :(

I had the worst day today. My car broke down, I was late to work, I forgot my lunch, and to top it all off, my chef is on holidays. Due to being an emotional eater, it is during times like these when ...
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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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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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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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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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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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