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A mathematical puzzle that's stated in words, usually in terms of a story or a situation that dresses the problem up.

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How many cookies does someone need to grab to be certain to obtain a flavor?

I often found this riddle in many exams but I got often confused on how to tackle it. While it involves maths. I wonder if there is a subtle or a more layman method to obtain an answer using common ...
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The Key to the Door

I need to get into this building. Next to the only door is a keypad with a simple 10-key numeric keypad. I hear someone approaching so I hide in a nearby bush to observe. They walk up to the door, ...
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Who is at the mall?

My younger sister wanted to play a game with me. She: You have to say a random word, and I'll tell you a number related to it. In the end, I'll ask you a question, whose answer will open a secret ...
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What's Bob's age again?

I created this problem myself, but I did have inspiration. Today is a special day, I'm moving out of my parent's house. My father comes to me and says "Wow, you're half my age. On the day we moved ...
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Oh boi! Dis waas never Engliz! #2

This puzzle is second in the series, the first one being this. But these are related in no way. Below are some weird combinations of letters, which are actually words translated in some different ...
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Who attempted to betray the Boston King?

The Castle of Weshire recently declared war on the Castle of Boston. The two armies soon met, the Boston King and Weshire King giving out orders from behind their lines of soldiers, surround by their ...
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Oh boi! Dis aint Engliz! #1

First some Engliz: These weird combination of letters are actually words translated in some different languages, and concatenated. Each line has one word translated in different languages. These ...
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Find the relation?(if you are really smart)

SMOKE : TNPF Question is simple just find how these two words are related to each other
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What mysterious whole number am I?

From my second point of view I copy that amount of first. I am the dominant side of two but for many I'm the worst. I'll be tricky to find but today might be your day, after all my neighbour is 2/3 of ...
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Pseudo Homophones - Police Officers

For this riddle, I have two homophones, however the first one is a single word and the second one is composed of two or more words. Example: h1 - licensing h2 - lies and sing OR lie sensing Try to ...
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Air Miles Challenge

This isn't my own creation, it's an exercise that my partner had to do during a work exercise and seemed interesting to share here. You've been given 86,400 Air Miles to explore the world and there'...
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A Crucial Delivery

Planet Earth has been at war with the nefarious aliens of Planet XYZ for a while. The front lines are on Planet XYZ, and you, being Earth's lead scientists, need to find a way to get vital information ...
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Guess the Vocabulary Word!

Here is a short riddle that randomly popped into my head. Enjoy! :) At first you might want to run away from me. Then, you might confuse me with a female hoofed ruminant. Only to realize ...
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How many posts are needed to surround the perimeter? [closed]

Julie's garden with perimeter of 54 ft and width of 12 ft is to have posts put around it 3 feet away from the garden's edge on all sides. They are also to be three feet apart. how many posts will she ...
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Half and Double Value

A 3 year old child tried to input or copy a number (written on the paper) to a calculator but he messed up with the digit places. All the digits are there but the value of the number he inputed ...
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Which Birch Bark Manuscript is Genuine?

Inspired by a question from JLee You arrived at Siberia where, just one month ago, excavations discovered a civilization that existed and traded for hundreds of years, developing an elegant language ...
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Fuzzy's Fizzy Dilemma

Fuzzy the Fuzzball's friends was going to the Fuzzball Festival, and of course he went along. While there, he saw the most curious display. The booth was displaying brand new types of Fuzz. There was ...
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Ernie and the Case of the Singing Sisters

On my way to work each morning I pass a news-agency that usually has a sandwich-board displaying the latest headlines of a somewhat disreputable tabloid newspaper (not that I would ever buy such a ...
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The Knights and the Hounds

(With thanks and congratulations to Lee Leon) We rejoin our heroes several days after the events of The Knights' Gift, at the head of a pack of enormous staghounds, 1000 strong. Such a pack ...
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How can these people cross the bridge? [duplicate]

There are 4 people that must cross an old dilapidated bridge at night, All four walk at different speeds: There is a young teenager that can cross the bridge in 1 minute. There is teenager's older ...
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To Plunder Treasure Islands

Captain Etarip, wants to plunder all the treasure islands that he can. There is exactly one island for every $n\in\mathbb N$. The $n^{\text{th}}$ treasure island contains three cities, each with $n$ ...
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Given these numbers, find the secret word

My son is 12 years old and his task was to find an English word from these numbers: 13; -8; 2; 2; -6; 12; 2; 6; -1; -12 where ...
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Open a safe with the safe riddles

With the help of you great people, I was able to open my Grandma's box. She really appreciated it, and I am afraid I'll have to ask for your help again. Grandma called me last night and told me that ...
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Rolling a dice - Expectation Question [closed]

I heard / read / acquired this puzzle from somewhere: Roll a die, win $2\times$ the value of the face if it is an even number, or win $1\times$ the value of the face if it is an odd number. How ...
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Ernie and the Uneconomical Flat-breads

When I arrived at Ernie's place last weekend I had some exciting news for him. "did you know", I announced "that a new Kzijekistanian fast-food shop has just opened in town?". "I did", Ernie replied, "...
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Grandma's Simple Puzzle Box

One day, after a long morning walk, my Grandma came home with a box in her hand and told us the story of how she got it. She said that she met six women in the park who were sitting together in a ...
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Please help Solve!

Retrospectively, Professor Siwel did Quite well with his follow-up representation, Currently utilized by generation X. The first clue given was: "A clue, the only uppercase letters that you need to ...
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I don't understand [closed]

Stan is a young man. He: is shy is neat/tidy needs order pays high attention to detail Is Stan more likely to be a librarian or a farmer? Answer: I don't understand this. No where does it mention ...
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How does the hit-man assassinate his target using only two questions?

You are a hit-man undercover at a dinner party. You are in a conversation with three people. One of them is your target. You get to ask two questions before they get tired and leave. You know that one ...
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Find the word with numbers

You are supposed to find a 8-letter word from the weird clock below by forming one or two digit numbers in an CCS or CS order and take first or last letter of the spelling of that number you have ...
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Ernie and the Optical Gyroscopes

I almost always take up Ernie’s offers to crew on his boat, when he suggests an overnight expedition. But when he phoned last Thursday I had to remind him that it was TV night, and Acme Satellite ...
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Ernie and the Mastermind

Recently Ernie's twin niece and nephew Maria and Mario were spending a few days staying at his place. When I dropped in on a rainy Friday morning I found them a little dissatisfied with the ...
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Magic Time-travelling Baktun Wheel

I have an ancient mayan friend who emailed me the other day: From: BalajChanKawiil@google.az To: puzzleguy@google.com Subject: Hey! Hey how are you! I was wondering if you were ...
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Ernie and the Slow Glass Solution

"Have a look at this" said Ernie when he dropped in unannounced yesterday, pulling what looked like an old-fashioned photographic negative from an envelope. I held the small plastic square up to the ...
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A puzzle for my family

A few years back I made this puzzle. I finally decided to update it and post it In my family my youngest sibling is 1 and my oldest sibling is 21. And the distance between ages is always 2 years. ...
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Ernie and the unfair division of the dessert

I was pleased to get an invitation to Ernie's place for dinner last Wednesday. The triplets were staying for the week so I knew Ernie would be making an extra effort to cook a gourmet home-cooked ...
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Finding the smallest number [closed]

the sum of two positive numbers equals the difference of the squares of the two numbers, which equals the quotient of the larger number when divided by the smaller. What is the smaller number? Provide ...
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100 Prisoners and a clock

There are 100 Prisoners who are given a chance at freedom. The prisoners are randomly picked to visit a room where there is only a nonfunctional wall clock with a ...
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Which horse wins the race?

Freddy, Charlie, Apple, and Boris are each one of four horses in the Belmont Stakes, a 1 1⁄2-mile race. After a mile the horses are in the following positions: Freddy is at least an eighth of a mile ...
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100 Prisoners' Names in Boxes - Save them all!

This puzzle is based on 100 Prisoners' Names in Boxes: Names in Boxes The names of 100 prisoners are placed in 100 wooden boxes, one name to a box, and the boxes are lined up on a table ...
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Magnets on a whiteboard

Alice enjoys placing magnets on a magnetized whiteboard. This day, she placed all 16 magnets in her possession on the board in a rectangular fashion. o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o "...
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They all gave the same one word answer - What answer did they give? [closed]

Here's a slightly different, fairly easy one. Three men travel for almost a day across an unknown distance to a meeting point. One travelled by car, another by horse and the other by boat. When ...
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Reverse hangman #12

Put in an "H", and you'll find that not many actually chase it. Put in a "C", this free and you're clean. Put in a "P", looks like you got it dirty. Put in an "L", it's small, but some things go in ...
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Off roading in a desert [closed]

You’re off-road, in the desert, driving an all-terrain vehicle. You’re $10$ miles off the straight highway, and your destination is $100$ miles ahead, also $10$ miles off the straight highway. You can ...
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Non-sensical talk from a drunk man

Uncle John drinks a lot. Yesterday when he was drunk he saw something and told me: A man put some threads in water and after his subsequent actions, residents of the house were captured and the ...
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Youre a big drinker right? Can you interpret for the drunk?

Be gentle! I'm trying something new... I'd like a full translation/interpretation, and bonus points if you spot the pattern. I expect it'll be easy as pie so think of it as a race. A VERY drunken, ...
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A really harsh short puzzle

I may be burned at the stake for this one so "sorry" in advance! When does pot and top make it without a why? (You may need a particular object to figure this one out...) Hint Hint #2:
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I have to attend to a party tomorrow, but I forgot what it was

Today, my phone notified me of something that seemed important. tomorrow -> party with friends I completely forgot what it was for. I proceeded to ask my friends about a party of some kind that ...
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An unexpected appearance

Sandra walked to dinner alone one night. She had a lovely meal at a restaurant. No one else talked to her and she sat on her own table. At the end of the meal, she asked the waitress for the bill and ...