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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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Ernie and the Superconducting Boxes

I was in anticipation all last week. Ernie, who had been travelling for several months, was finally coming home. So over the weekend I dropped in on him. He was bursting with news. "Some wonderful ...
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Mensa 3rd Grade Recess Game [closed]

Mensa 3rd Graders At Recess There are dozens of variations of this puzzle type, but I put my own spin and characteristics to it. It is lunch time for the little ones at Mensa Mini's Private School. ...
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The CompuTaria Quest - A young Wizard's journey

Once Upon A Time In A Land FAR, FAR Away... Our adventure begins in the enchanted land called "CompuTaria". You are, "Binaryian" a 3rd year Wizard In Training. Today began like any other day - you ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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A group of friends at a restaurant.

Four groups of four friends each are having dinner at a restaurant. There are four tables, table A, B, C, and D, seating four each, arranged in a square like so. A B C D Each table looks like this. ...
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Let the Good Times Roll [closed]

Let the Good Times Roll You've decided to drive cross-country to New Orleans for Jazz Fest (and some sweet, sweet Creole cookin'). On Day 1: You make good time, travelling halfway there. On Day 2: ...
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Prison Riddle: How do they escape? [closed]

Two prisoners are locked in a dirt floor cell with nothing but a mattress, a frame, and a stolen spoon. There is a small, bar less window high on the wall, but they can not get to it. First, they try ...
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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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Is my friend insane?

My friend is soon going to an asylum. This is devastating. I have known him for years and he's a fine, sane man. But he sent me a note and it doesn't make any sense... Has he really lost his mind or ...
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What should he have said at the door?

A man walked into a store and spoke abruptly, "I need four apples, three eggs, a broom, a dustpan and well ... I suppose we need don't need any flour." After a pause to regard the new man, the ...
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Oh no, my library!

In my study I have a great collection of books of fine literature and pop fiction alike. Looks like Posling the Poltergeist has broken into my study and pulled another one of his practical "jokes". ...
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My Friend in Kanto

I have a friend in Kanto. He sent me a message and told me that he's looking for all sorts of creatures. Included was the following list of descriptions. I know there's a message hidden in there ...
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I'm thinking of a name

I'm thinking of a name... I'm seen in the middle - though I finish later Split and I could be an agreement from a Vater I'm 5/12 in a calendar Split again and I'm a different nickname with a ...
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wordFind the ages of $3$ children based on information given and constraints

A man has $3$ children. Their ages are $a,b,$ and $c$. The constraints are that the ages add up to some value d and multiply to some value e such that $de=756$. Also, no child is more than $3$ times ...