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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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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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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Bookshelves: the intruder

Somebody has messed up my bookshelf by shoving a book into completely the wrong place. Which is the intruder?
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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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What is the central color?

This puzzle belongs to the puzzle series: hyper-modern art The two friends move on in the gallery. "You have now shown me two examples of hyper-modern art, but I still don't quite get it. What is ...
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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 ...
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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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How many boxes are conductors?

The Question (Some knowledge of potential difference, resistor combinations, etc. required) You have 1000 boxes. Some (or none) of them are conductors (of negligible resistance). The rest are ...
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Let us all join the party for hope!

The students at Hope's Peak Academy decided to throw a party to have some thrills and chills (and let's stop there, please!) They played all sorts of games with each other, and now it's time for the ...
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V for Vendetta - Who am I?

This link here shows how many "Who am I?" riddles we already have on this site. Obviously, there are many of them and they're mostly riddles describing an object in some funny way. On checking the ...
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4 sums of flags

The previous 'Sum of' puzzle can be found here + = + = + = + = ? Which flag should replace the question mark?
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Kara's bitmap picture

Kara recently received a puzzling bitmap image by email in the shape of a trapezoid. She didn't recognize the email address, and she doesn't know why she would be receiving such a picture. She ...
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A Weird Puzzling Machine!

$${\begin{array}{rcl}\mathsf{\large{PRESENTING}}\end{array}}$$ $${\begin{array}{rcl}\mathsf{\large{A}}\ \ \mathsf{\large{WEIRD}}\ \ \mathsf{\large{PUZZLING}}\ \ \mathsf{\large{MACHINE}}\end{array}}$$ ...
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Pixel Cipher Puzzle

You are given the following plaintext/ciphertext pairs: they_got_my_contract_back_to_find_ to_their_alarm_a_dog_had_signed_ sonic_boom_sonic_boom_sonic_boom_ ...
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Time for Something New

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #23: Seasonal... Today, when you go to your mailbox, you find a thin card-sized envelope from your (in?)famous uncle—a games and puzzles creator of ...
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Can you solve this logic puzzle in disguise? The color code behind the tomb

Another themed puzzle for you to enjoy. As with all my puzzles, please provided feedback about pro's and cons of the puzzle. The puzzle is self-contained (the link is just to provide a theme) and I ...
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Nodes & Tunnels

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #33: Surface Geometry Mazes Behold, a tricky maze created on the surface of a cube. There are 'nodes' to collect and tunnels to traverse, are you up to the ...
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Let's keep this civilized

The images below are connected by a single word: What is the word, and what are the connections?
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A challenging visual puzzle

Here's a puzzle that I created. The end result is a number.
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Sightseeing on Crack

Recently I went on an around-the-world vacation. Unfortunately, I dropped my phone just as I was getting out of the cab at the airport before my first flight out. Not so bad in and of itself, but ...
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An alien language?

This is a teaser puzzle for our upcoming puzzle book Codex Enigmatum - launching on Kickstarter soon.
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Stella and the president's secret notes

Jason Trump, president of the Untitled Statues Association, has left a notebook containing presumably important information lying around on his desk. Stella, his nosy assistant, takes a look only to ...
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A Dream in White, Black, Red, Blue, and Green

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A sum of images

1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 + 8 = ? The answer can be given as either an image or a description of the image.
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Vacation at P.U.Z.Z.L.E

An entry in the 19th fortnightly challenge (language + visual). All you can think about since your last P.U.Z.Z.L.E. operation, is a well deserved vacation. Fortunately there is currently a prize ...
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Where is he Hiding?

My friend Bob is an alien, and he is evading capture by the United States government. His native alien language is one in which the letters of each word in a sentence are superimposed on each other, ...
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Who can spot the difference?

My family and I have just moved house! Lucky us! So what did my family do? We held a housewarming party, and rung everyone in the neighbourhood up to invite them. So, anyway, people were coming in ...
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What word does this image represent?

First puzzle - just determine the word represented by the image.
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Interconnectivity

As I was walking through my university's mathematics department, I came across a poster pinned to the notice board. Underneath, it simply said 'In memory'. However, I could not connect the poster to ...
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An Artwork Made from Several Countries

Last year I went to 12 different countries around the world. I made an AI to convert every country that I've visited into a beautiful artwork as a reminder. I input the 12 countries name, then somehow ...
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The untimely death of Dr. Wenzel: What give-away clue is hidden in the crime scene image?

Dr. George Wenzel and his colleague Dr. Martin Hupp are two expert biochemists researching brain-wave-changing drugs. Their work has long been regarded as being worthy of the Nobel Prize, in ...
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Jump to the 13th dimension

Legend has it, that an alien lifeform has brought civilisation to our world, and over the last decades you've been following hint after hint to track this legend down. From all you've been gathering, ...
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Messages of unknown origin

--storyline-- Recently, an ancient tomb of unknown origin was discovered during the deep-earth mining operations of 2035. Inside, there was a mysterious metallic box with engravings on each face, as ...
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One word: Bacon

Decrypt the hidden meaning in the picture below: Hint 1: Hint 2:
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Color Logic - Balance

Inspired by this puzzle Find the rule that each color chain on the left follows, but none on the right follow. Raw text if you're colorblind or something (O = orange, Y = yellow, G = green, C = cyan)...
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Making waves at your friendly function foundry

A friend of a friend has become known, among friends, for fabricating rococo mathematical functions. $\require{begingroup}\begingroup \def \sssfrac #1#2{ \dfrac {\raise -.5ex{\small ...
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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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The markings of Mictal

I found this sketch in the notes old Alembic took while exploring the ruins of the ancient city of Mictal. The man must have copied some writing he encountered among the ruins. If only I could figure ...
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Find the missing piece

One day I got a paper from my courtyard with the center portion missing. Here is what the poster looks like: I have made some pieces of paper so that I can stick one to the center of the poster. ...
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Solve my picture riddle! Cowards need not apply!

Something connects these images: What is the word, and what are the connections?
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Is $s$ larger than the radius of circumscribed circle?

In the figure, showing a square and an equilateral triangle, is $s$ larger or smaller than the radius of the circumscribed circle?
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When to be sure that we have counted all the squares in such problems

My first question: how would one solve such problems (in general)? What should be the general technique? My second question: When to be sure that we have counted all the squares in such problems?
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A weird and spooky clock

Out of nowhere, a clock appeared on my desktop: (you don't have to be able to view the GIF in order to solve it, I think the "preview" image gives you all the minor clues hidden in it. I also ...
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Rebus with 20 song titles

Guess the 20 song titles depicted above.
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Bizarre Love Triangle

I work in quite an unusual office. Everybody who works here has a colour for their surname! It’s a bit like that old board game Cluedo, except nobody has been murdered. Still, there is a bit of a ...
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My two favorite scientists

Who are my two favorite scientists ?