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Puzzles about foreign alphabets and weird encodings.

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How many fingers do the inhabitants of this planet have?

Actual Puzzle After crash-landing your spaceship on an uncharted planet, you run across the following drawing: $\begin{matrix} ⊙ & × & × & ⊓ & ⊓ & ⊙ & & \\ ⊙ & ∿ &...
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I'd have a symbol

A mutual friend of mine has gone crazy! They sent to my friend questions that don't make sense: Why is the letter V curvy???? Why is letter O carrying plates on their head? What?? Why is the number 2 ...
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Rune Ciphertext (Presumably multi-enciphered )

Here is a cryptogram: Note: this is not, very very hard. But still, it is not very very easy, I would want to say with a few clues it's more easy than hard: Clues: It can be simple substitution. It ...
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Mensa IQ Check app puzzle - symbols in boxes in a 6x6 square

In the Mensa IQ Check app, the same kind of puzzles keeps coming back. I don't know how to solve it. Can anyone help me?
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This encoded code is the code that encoded the code

This gibberish is the source code of what you use to encode and decode it. I'm curious if anybody can decode it and give me the original source code! I'm placing a decent bounty on this in two days ...
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A Voynichian Challenge

Background: what follows is not a foreign language. Rather, it is a symbol-based code of English. You could think of it as falling between semaphore flags, which use a symbol per letter, and Shavian, ...
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I need help on this sticks and circles logic!

I'm completely stuck on this logic problem, which was on a school test given by my 8th grade math teacher, who I assume wrote the problem. Can anyone help me understand it? I have tried to figure out ...
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What does this group of symbols mean?

This is what the puzzle looks like. Ꮒ̨̻̰̊̾ͥͦ͠Ꮛ̤̰̭̱̑̔̃̽̋ͬᏒ̡̼̯̳̺̳̺̙͖͈̠̂ ̗̗̗͔̮̀̾̉̃ͩ̿ͤᏁ̱̗͈̰̙̥̪́͊̅̎̅Ꮧ̵͚̥̼̫ͬ̒ͨ̏̅Ꮇ̥͉̂͛ͥ͛̽͐̕͟Ꮛ̨̫̭̋͛̆̋̾ What do they mean? It should be a name.
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What does this message in paper say? [closed]

You wake up in an old horse wagon and get a piece of paper with strange symbols. What does it say? //Anyone can help me. Please!
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A Logic Puzzle—One of These Things Doesn’t Quite Fit

Here’s a puzzle I just thought of this morning. Good luck!
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What is the missing item in this symbolic or numerical series/set?

Determine the missing item. I I I I V V V V XV XV XV XV XVI XVI XVIII XVIII XVIII XVIII XIX XIX XX XX XX XX ?
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Can a "select a missing 3rd symbol" puzzle made at least a bit difficult?

Looking at all the Mensa IQ test puzzles, usually there are two rows with in total 6-8 symbols and where you need to choose the last one properly to match the pattern. I wonder whether at least a bit ...
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Which symbol is missing?

There's a 4 by 4 grid and a symbol in each box. Each symbol consists of a letter (A, B, C, or D) and a combination of a few shapes. Deduce which symbol is missing. Four options are presented.
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Horrendous Scope of Text

w34rfvgy78i 34rtyhbvftyu89 567tgyhvbn 87654edft5cvbnmkiuhn ? w3edcr5tgby7ujmiokn dfgt67uhjkcvbnm w3edcr5tgby7ujm,> rgncgu9ik987 w3edr5tgbnmkiuhbvc e5t6y7uxfvgbhn 4rfc7yhndfghj What name does the ...
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What do these symbols mean?

On top of a door in a small Bavarian town, I found the following symbols: Given the circumstances, I assume that they mean either a date or some kind of blessing or epigram. The latter is ...
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Place a single ring on the soil, Place a fir [closed]

Place a single piece of ring on the soil, Place a first stick vertically on above of a single piece of ring, Place a second stick vertically on below of a single piece of ring. What symbol did you get?...
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decrypt that runes

I am programming a game (minetest lotr subgame loth), and I want to include riddles I a rune language. I think the language should be understandable/resolvable. This is a little story about some ...
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I received an email from a trusted source which contains flags and symbols

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #37: Rare and Endangered 1 I received a strange message the other day via email, and I can't seem to make any sense out of it. The entire message is composed ...
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What does this symbol mean? [closed]

I think it is an ancient symbol maybe lemurian, Egyptian, etc
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Finding the missing Symbols

_ # – _ _ # # – ? _ # – _ _ # # – = # _ # – _ _ # # – ? _ # – _ _ # # – = # _ # – _ _ # # – ? _ # – _ _ # # – _ # – _ _ # # – ? _ # – _ _ # # – = # Which two ...
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I'm How To Basic

You should probably start by watching this video. At the very last seconds of the video (~13:28), a mysterious "code" appears briefly. Transcription: 📭🔸♋️♦️♍️♒️✍🏼💠 Obviously, I am wondering the ...
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What does this symbol mean

This is a real life question. I have a hat that has this symbol on it I can't figure out what it means. I have asked everyone I know. But I didn't get good answers. So What does it mean? Even if ...
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Find the Pattern in Symbols and Answer. What must be the answer and Why

Try to find the solution. Which option or Block would fit in the Blank space and Why? What pattern do You observe in this Puzzle.
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A stranger wrote this on his arm

A stranger walked up to my friend and drew these symbols on his arm with a Sharpie. I have no idea what they mean. They were written on his right and left arm. The second picture might be upside down....
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What kind of encoding could it be?

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No one will get dinged if this isn't solved, so please don't fly away!

I found a message on a nature walk. It warned me there was a wild gathering out and about. But instead of saying what to be careful of, the message only gave me nine clues. They said each symbol given ...
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Words and symbols

As a word moves through a symbol (either left to right or top to bottom in a straight line), it changes according to a definite rule. Each of the four symbols has a different rule. Insert the missing ...
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When does this happen?

0>2 , 2>1 , 1>0 A common addition to this basic system is the addition of _________ and __________. What are the blanks, which have English names as well as numerical values, find both. Note, a ...
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Symbolic Pattern - Five Different Symbols used only ONCE, one missing symbol. Help Needed

It is supposedly an arithmetic progression. The examples (not clues/no correlation) the teacher gave for us to get familiar with the "quiz" were these: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 (+1) 2, 4, 7, 11, 16 (+n) ...
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How many fingers do the aliens have?

A message has come from another galaxy. The radio receiver detects 7 different wave forms and translates those into letters; now your task is pretty easy. Decipher the message, and determine how many ...
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What is the meaning of this tattoo? [closed]

I'm planning to get a small tattoo, and I found something that looks pretty cool, but can't get the meaning behind it(if there is any), does anyone know what this may mean?
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Without a single word

Answer is a well-known object, which at the same time is a location name. I'll post additional hints if needed. Hint 1: Edit: More visual hints.
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What's the next symbol in this sequence

I came up with this puzzle the other day. It may not too original or particularly challenging, but I thought it could be fun. What's the next symbol in this sequence? (There's also a hint in here ...
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The Gerbil's quest

The king of the Gerbils has recently been killed by the Gerbil's greatest enemy - the snake. To become the next king our Gerbil, called Beastly (ahem), must find and slay the snake. So Beastly must ...
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Which is the odd one out and why?

This question is about finding the odd one. My question is what is the answer and what is the reason behind it. Also, how should we approach such questions. Puzzle 1 Puzzle 2 Puzzle 3
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What is this symbol? [closed]

No backstory or hints here. Just a symbol. What does this symbol mean? Any theories are welcome too.
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A classic symbol sequence

I saw a similar puzzle in a book long time ago. What will be the next symbol?
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Mousehunt cryptogram

I found this puzzle within the game Mousehunt It didn't seem to match any rune system that I know of. Rotating the image also didn't seem to show any useful information, although the first word when ...
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The mystery of the skull

Puzzle: Identify whose skull is depicted at the bottom of this Russian icon. Bonus Point 1: Identify the two items depicted on either side of the cross.
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Decode the message enciphered in these symbols: ↗↑↙↓↘←↑↙↘↘↗↓↗←↙↓↖

↗↑↙↓↘←↑↙↘↘↗↓↗←↙↓↖ The first character of the plaintext is 'P'. The final character of the plaintext is 'E'. Hint 1; Hint 2: Details (not part of the puzzle): "↗↑↙↓↘←↑↙↘↘↗↓↗←↙↓↖" is the cyphertext....
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Decode the message enciphered in these symbols: ◳◰ ◓◨ ◨◧◕ ◎◌ ◱◯◱◯ ◍◌○ ◉◉ ◇◔◓◕ ◐►◓◒ ◒◑ ◈◑ ◆◆◓ ◉◉◉

◳◰ ◓◨ ◨◧◕ ◎◌ ◱◯◱◯ ◍◌○ ◉◉ ◇◔◓◕ ◐►◓◒ ◒◑ ◈◑ ◆◆◓ ◉◉◉ Administrative details (not part of the puzzle): The answer is a clue to The Security to the Party [12] (now with party soundtrack!) For the benefit ...
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