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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Find the secret message

The word under secret means something. What does it mean? (Find the secret message.)
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Time for the Dessert!

The answer is one word. Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Is there a code in this painting?

This was posted in a Facebook group yesterday. It’s also made the rounds on Reddit but all of the commentary seems like scattershot speculation so far. From the post: This is a painting done my ...
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My Uncle's Music Box

Unfortunately, my favorite uncle just passed away. He's the one that taught me all about puzzling, and supposedly found Davey Jones' treasure in his youth. I miss him very much, however, I just ...
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A weird error message

A few moderators from Stack Exchange communities decided to go "old-school" and developed a desktop application for Stack Exchange. You, as an enthusiastic user, of course want to try it out. ...
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It's good for puzzling

The images below can be connected by a single word. What is the word and what are the connections?
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A simple visual puzzle to die for

Can you figure out how the patterns in the picture were generated, and determine what the hidden pattern at the bottom right should look like? This is a visual puzzle, and the solution can be ...
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Stargate escape

What a nightmare! When you awake in cold sweat you only remember dazzling colours, flash-lights, dark shadows with far too many arms and the sickening sensation of being dropped from a high place. You ...
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Ernie and the Pirates of the Caribbean

A few weeks ago, I dropped in to see Ernie to ask if he was willing to look after the cat while I was on holiday in the Caribbean. “No problem.” he replied then showed me an old leather-covered book, ...
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Bongard n°1: Fruit Flies

I increased the size of each space but the rules are the exact same as in the original problems published by Bongard. I'm adding a link in case people aren't familiar with this type of riddles Click ...
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A treasure hunt for the magic artefact

Somewhere in a magical land a small golden chest is delivered by an white eagle to a soon-to-be heroine. She opens it with shaky hands, knowing what it means that this gift has been delivered to her. ...
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Dragons and gems

Separate dragons from gems in each grid using as few straight lines as possible.  Each line should go all the way through the grid. The answer to the puzzle is one word.
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Transport Networks - An Introduction

This is a new type of puzzle and I don't know yet, whether or not they are fun to solve. So what better to do with them, than throw them at the best puzzlers out there and see what happens? Feedback ...
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Gate To Enlightenment

Here we are. The hidden entrance to the headquarters of the forgotten Brotherhood of Maat. Won't budge. At least the door matches the old sketch from the manuscript. I'll bet these two seals I ...
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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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Another new puzzle type needs a name

For an example of how this type of puzzle works, see here... I believe I have invented another new type of puzzle... What is its name? Colour-blind-friendly version available here. Begin by ...
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Guess the other shape

Each solid shape is somehow related to the shape below it. Find this relationship and the correct shape for the last one. Edit: simplified second shape from left to a polygon
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How should the hexagon be coloured?

Given the colours and banding of the first four rectangles, how should you colour the hexagon, and why? There's a single, unambiguous solution (ignoring symmetry), which will be obvious when found. ...
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An Evolutionary Experiment

Dr. Farnsworth entered class today and announced that we were going to conduct an experiment to see if we could force cells to evolve to communicate with us. The experiment is as follows: we are given ...
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Captain Pun's new boat

My good friend Captain Pun has bought a new boat. "And this is a picture of its sail!" he said, showing me this: "Solve the nonogram and you'll soon know what type of boat it is!" Can you solve ...
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Smashing Seven Segments

The Setup Consider a 5-by-5 grid of 7-segment displays, "smashed together" so that the peripheral segments of neighbouring displays overlap (see below).             ...
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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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“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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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 ...
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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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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't let it bother you, for I ...
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Fun with Flags part 8: it's your roll

We are looking for a 12-letter word. Other (independently solvable) puzzles of this type: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9, 10.
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On The Subject of Dr. Doctor

(This is part of a series of puzzles written for Timwi for a Secret Santa puzzle exchange, themed around various custom modules for the game Keep Talking and Nobody Explodes. No KTaNE knowledge is ...
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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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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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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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Babysitting dragons

Connect each baby dragon with its parent to solve each mini-puzzle. The connections can not intersect and must cover the whole board. The answer is :
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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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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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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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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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Witness intimidation

After solving this puzzle, I received an envelope in the mail. I opened the envelope, only to find three letters inside. The first one read: I know who you are I'm sending my greeting ...
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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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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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Is humanity truly doomed?

The aliens have landed! You wake up one morning and find yourself in a room with familiar furniture but featureless white walls, strapped firmly to your own bed and hooked up to an array of dials and ...
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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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C equals O, but in general

You return to your consciousness. You find yourself trapped in a room, facing a wall where all information is located. There is also a table, on it a permanent marker. Before inspecting every piece ...
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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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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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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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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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