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Questions tagged [visual]

A puzzle that incorporates a visual component like pictures, diagrams, drawings, etc. Do not use this tag for puzzles that discuss geometric objects without displaying them.

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We have an important mission for you

You are an agent working for your country's intelligence services. Recently you received a tip off about a meeting that will be held by a Secret Society who poses a threat. Sure enough, a few days ...
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A half successful police raid

Everything in the next section is flavor text only. You may skip right over it, if you´re impatient. "So, how did it go officer? I hope there was no blunder this time!" The chief commander looks ...
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The tilted labyrinth - Can you find the fastest path in this 3D-puzzle? (Simulator now included.)

This is a puzzle was inspired by the board game labyrinth, which I very much enjoyed as a kid. It either requires very good 3D-visualization skills in your brain or some paper & scissors work. (...
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Shrinking very large barcodes

My apologies is this is not the right place for this question, please advise if it needs to be moved or deleted. So my city has an art installation of some very tall Dr.Suess style flowers. These ...
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The most important trait for puzzling?

I was wondering what the most important trait for a puzzle creator and/or solver was. I think I've found the answer, but I could be wrong. I thought about it, deconstructed it, put it back together a ...
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Dotting the eyes and crossing the teas. But where is the PIN?

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art The two friends move on to the next room. "You know what, the moving and flashing painting next door was nice." "I'm glad you found ...
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Island (sketch)

Part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #35: Restricted Title 1 Explanation in the first image, which otherwise is just for flavor.
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Time for the Dessert!

The answer is one word. Hint 1: Hint 2:
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One Ring to rule them all

Gollum is focused on his new ring. There is magic inside, he can feel it. A beautiful black ring with some golden symbols. He wants to know the power of this jewel but he can't wait to go back home to ...
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We interrupt your scheduled series for a pretzel rebus

What does this rebus, drawn with pretzels, say? (This is what happens when I get bored with pretzels on the table... ;P) Note: The 'scheduled series' mentioned is this. It still needs to be solved! ...
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The effect of living backwards

Can you find the seven differences in the reflected (right-side) picture? Engraving credit: John Tenniel CLICK TO ENLARGE "That's the effect of living backwards," the Queen said kindly: "it ...
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“X” Marks the Spot

My stupid cousin is off on vacation somewhere. He told me he found a really nice fishing spot and if I can figure out how to get there, he'll pay for my transportation. He sent me this map: I'm ...
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Can you decipher the hidden message in this Christmas card image?

Sent by a friend in Germany. I have no idea what it says yet!...
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The Legend of Sally the Cow

I was looting exploring Pelagia Farm and I stole found this note in a locked chest on the ground. It seems that one of the farmhands had tried their hand at poetry. I want to know how it ends but some ...
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How I'm paying off my student loans

I've got this QR code that is very important to me, but my stupid cousin was carrying it around with him and dropped and broke it. He tried to hide this from me using tape and Elmer's glue and got it ...
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Prevent a Terror Attack

Agents of P.U.Z.Z.L.E. (Part-time United Zippy Zealots Loving Enigmas), we need your help. Terrorists are planning an attack on an underground railway station. One of our undercover agents placed an ...
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Mortin Myes' Second Cryptic Gallery

Despite finding Mortin Myes' First Cryptic Gallery fairly simple to decipher, I must confess that his second one had me completely stumped. Once again, there were three paintings, and this cryptic ...
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This is an opportunity. Can you take it?

The first thing you hear on awakening is the clock. It sounds just like the one you have in your room. But what you see defies what you hear. You've never seen this room before. You don't remember ...
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The Temple of Puzzling

Part of the Community Metapuzzle, although it can be solved on it's own. The password in the puzzle below is also the word needed for the Metapuzzle. Link to the metapuzzle by Deusovi is here. ...
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Something New(ton)?

Recognized as one of the most brilliant scientists of all time, Sir Isaac Newton was always ahead of his time.On the cusp of something brilliant, late in 1704, he had the idea to send you a coded ...
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The Riddling Tree

Decoded message, which now needs to be solved) Amongst the trees one stands alone, Through the ages he's aged and grown, Here to tell all that see, Of their desperate, despairing plea. ...
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Find the number code in the picture

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art The two friends in the gallery of hyper-modern art are moving on to the next room. "My head still aches from the colourful pixels under ...
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Visual IQ Puzzles with no apparent patterns?

Do you think it is fair to say these two questions are a bit ridiculous? What exactly are they even testing for? From IQ-test.net, questions 21 and 23.
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What is this mysterious image?

Recently, my friend who lives in Italy sent me an email. This was its contents: Hi, I've got some news which you should be happy about. But I've seen you around on Puzzling.SE, so I though I'd ...
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Hexomino IQ Test

Which one from 5 Hexominos fits the fifth box. Give us your reason why you choose it.
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What's for dinner?

Four-star chef and puzzling enthusiast Pat Ravioli is known for her creativity in the kitchen. This morning, Pat gave her assistant a shopping list: $\newcommand{q}[1]{{\huge\text{#1}}}$$\newcommand{a}...
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Hidden in plain sight - By what method do these images hide a prime number?

Note: This question has been severely edited from its original version to better fit the format of this site. Some answers below - including the accepted, correct answer - have been given based on the ...
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How would you like your face? Scrambled?

Great! First day on the job here at the F.B.I., and I've got a mess on my hands. Someone hacked into Langley's mainframe and scrambled twelve of the mugshots that we have on file, and it's my ...
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In What Order Will These Fill?

So, my hamsters get wonderful places in which to live and play; things like this: But what about my poor fish? They just get a basic bowl. Well, NO MORE. I decided to do something about that, and ...
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What do the colors say?

This color box contains a sentence. Figure out what it is: Hint:
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What number is hidden in this map?

This question is part of a puzzle crime story I have started recently (you can see previous puzzles from the series HERE, HERE and HERE). I would like to test the difficulty (not sure if too easy or ...
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Finish the illustration's caption

Shown below is an excellent illustration from the obscure textbook "Aquatic Waterfowl and the Physical Properties that Govern Them," written by Quincy Adams Wagstaff. While the acclaimed professor of ...
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A pirate's treasure-hunt

My dear puzzle friends, I need your help! An old acquaintance of mine has recently passed away and mentioned me in his will. I was quite thrilled, as the man was rather rich due to some clever ...
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Emojional cryptic crossword

ACROSS 3. 🌟½☥🐪🚫👣 (9) 7. 🏆❌🖽⚔️ (3) 8. ½🍔🇫🇷🌊🏢 (6) 11. ♉½🇬🇷✉️ (3) 12. 🔫⭐⏺️♥️🗽🎭 (5) 13. 🍈♥️🇨🇴🏙️⏮️🍟🔚💐 (6) 14. 👂♀️🦌💰 (5) 16. 🎩👦♻️🐴🦄☝️🗾🏝️ (6) 19. 🐏💪🔀 (3) ...
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Counter, Clock and Wise

Remember I told you that I am slowly turning eccentric? Well, turns out, it's worse than I had imagined. See, writing some random words on a piece of paper is one thing, and taking apart the hands of ...
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From the death to the fresh beginning - A treasure hunt

Shortly after your mentor's passing, you received an envelope along with the following note: My Dear Disciple,      I am afraid my time to leave this world has come but don'...
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The Musing Of the Eggs

The other day, I was working on decorating eggs for the upcoming holiday, and I was humming appropriate music to myself, while I worked. When I was finished, I was very amused to find that I had ...
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Aki's favorite game

After introducing you to my new little friend Aki, it's time to reveal what his favorite game is! What is the new hobby of the little Aki? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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These alien safes have no end

Well, I could solve the last safe, but what did it buy me? Just another instant-teleport and boom... here I am again! In a single room with very few things around me, most notably a safe, and no ...
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Change Picture I to Picture II

Picture 1 Picture 2 Can you alter just 5 characters to make Picture 1 exactly as Picture 2?
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Number maze with a rule on it

The rules are: You start at 1 No diagonal moves, and you must move 1 step at a time You must follow this pattern: $a < b > c < d > ...$ (assuming letters are numbers)
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Unlock My Phone! February 2018

I forgot my password again! I changed it a few days ago but already forgot! What is my phone's password this month? Hint #1: Hint #2:
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Who lives in 314?

You've been invited to room 314, but who lives in 314? Hint 1: Hint 2: Hint 3:
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Hexagonal minesweeper

Based on a puzzle given to us by Jamal Senjaya I created a bigger one. Hope it is not too easy. The number in circle means how many of adjacent triangles should be painted blue. EDIT I did not ...
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Diagonals in a 5x5 Grid

From May 2012, Communications of the ACM (wording reverse-engineered from the solution given in the June 2012 edition as I don't have the May 2012 edition handy). Given a 5x5 grid of boxes, place ...
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Rebus: Romance, Cats and a Pen

Find X, Y and Z from the above rebus.
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What is the cipher behind this circular cyphertext?

I have a cipher and I am wondering if - provided you have both the cipher-text and the clear text, given below, can you describe the cipher which was used? The cipher-text is in this image: I ...
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Martin Gardner's “The Twiddled Bolts”

This is a puzzle of Martin Gardner, taken verbatim from My Best Mathematical and Logic Puzzles: Two identical bolts are placed together so their grooves intermesh. If you move the bolts around each ...
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The Corridor of Eon Syras

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #39: Deep Down in the Dungeon 1. tl;dr at the bottom You and your wacky group of adventurers barge through a hidden door and end up in what looks to be the ...
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Barcode in a bar

I just finished my first day at my new job. What a satisfying feeling. In order to celebrate, my new co-workers suggested that we meet up at a local bar for some drinks. As I am new to the area, it ...