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Translate this “especially important” note from “War with the Newts”

Language-identification questions are off-topic on linguistics.stackexchange.com, or I would have posted this over there. Since it's also a puzzle, I figure puzzling.stackexchange might appreciate it. ...
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Providence Pentominoes Puzzle By Andrew Bradburn (Jigsaw)

I came across this apparently well known cryptic crossword with a twist but was unable to solve it. I also haven't been able to find a solution anywhere online so I was wondering if anyone here could ...
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April Fool's Enigma

Every year, a famous French youtuber (e-penser) presents his enigma of April Fool, but this year, targeting specifically a group of people who have done particularly well last year, he raised the ...
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Never Completed Game - Difficult Riddle

The seventeenth of the primes. Its twin is twentynine. Po. Let’s drive. Bye, Alfonsín. Add seven triangular. Sweet. It named the Valley. This riddle is taken from https://www.nevercompletedgame....
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Crack the pigeon code

Can you crack this message? It was discovered in a chimney in 2012 attached to a carrier pigeon and was most likely sent during the D-day invasions. The GCHQ was not able to crack it, even after ...
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Why did I create this table? Counting letter frequencies maybe

This is a real puzzle, in the sense that I'm puzzled by what I've found. I stumbled upon a google sheet in my google drive. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/...
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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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MIT 1995 Puzzle Hunt: Unsolved “Connecticut Suite” Puzzle

Many of the solutions to the 1995 MIT Puzzle Hunt have been lost. Several groups have been able to solve most of them, but #23 Connecticut Suite remains elusive. Here is a reproduction of the puzzle....
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The Fenn Treasure Hunt (REAL!)

I heard of this riddle and wanted to pass it on to see if you expert puzzlers could solve it! These are clues for real treasure hidden somewhere in the Rocky Mountains. As I have gone alone in ...
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Bishop Wilberforce's Unsolved Riddle

Thought you guys might enjoy this -- an unsolved riddle from the 1800s. Story and contents of puzzle have been copy pasted from here: Bishop Samuel (“Soapy Sam”) Wilberforce, who once famously ...
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Need help with a cipher

I am trying to figure out a cipher I think I found in a book from 1982 and it's a 36 year old mystery we are trying to solve (I will reveal the book if this turns out to be something so everyone can ...
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The 10,958 Problem

Here is the task: Write down 10958 using all 1-9 digits in ascending order and only one time. You are allowed to: 1) group digits into numbers 2) use 5 basic operations: + - * / ^ ("^" ...
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Ricky McCormick's Notes

On June 30 1999, Ricky McCormick was found dead in an isolated area, 15 miles away from his home. He didn't own a car, and the area was not subjected to public transport so it is a mystery how he got ...
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This image contains a “Great Discovery”

The Puzzle: Source material taken from here As discussed on Numberphile, here is John Herschel's doodle, sent to his friend Charles Babbage. John H. John Herschel was an English polymath, ...
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Unsolved Mysteries: D'Agapeyeff cipher

The D'Agapeyeff cipher is an as-yet unbroken cipher that appears in the first edition of "Codes and Ciphers", an elementary book on cryptography published by the cryptographer Alexander D'Agapeyeff in ...
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Unsolved Mysteries: Kryptos

This is the second in a series of Unsolved Mysteries posts. These posts explore current unsolved real-world puzzles. Since these have been unsolved for years, it's uncertain whether anyone on on ...
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The Beale Papers

The background to this one's given here. NB: These may not be a genuine cryptograms (current thinking is that these are gibberish); but I though it interesting to share these in case they're genuine /...
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Unsolved Mysteries: Magic Square of Squares

This is the first in what will hopefully be a series of Unsolved Mysteries posts. Note that this puzzle has no known solution, nor any proof that a solution is impossible. We will see how ...
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A good puzzle is a double-edged sword

A rare double-edged sword is currently on loan from the British Museum to the Magna Carta exhibition. The sword itself is described as likely made in Germany around 1250-1330 and includes the ...
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The 2 million, er, 20 dollar problem

Alfred is a guy who really likes solid shapes. He also really likes to keep his money in his wallet. What makes him the happiest? Getting a boxful of shapes at the Cheap Solids Store! The store has ...