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Uncover Lenny Fingers' street hustle

Lenny Fingers is out on the street again, hustling people with his shell games. This time, he's using words. As you walk by, Lenny grabs you with an enthusiastic smile and shows you two words side-...
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Natural Pattern

Once, while I was traveling on a vehicle in the Caribbean, I watched a pattern form over the course of about 30 minutes. The rendering below is an approximation of that pattern from memory. The gray ...
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The economy of trapping

A queen on the center of the board has 27 possible moves. Sometimes a queen can be trapped, like in the position below. Note: This is just an example of a what a trap should be like-every possible ...
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Highest number of mates

In chess, what position has the highest number of checkmates in 1 move for a given side? You can have as many of each piece as you want, except for the king (you get exactly one). Bishops can be same ...
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Something in the TV

There is one answer that satisfies the title, and all of the lines below. I can bow to the enemy. I am the opposite of myself. I can help you, if you want to go back. I am known for staying ...
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Room 7: Bits and pieces of Chinese history

Credit: Brandon X. You have just woken up. You recall the night before, being driven from your home to a luxurious hotel by some people of a company or organization or something-The Ofgelenkt ...
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Bill and Dan's Journey

What is this story about? (Apologies if at the end I improperly announce the answer.) Bill and Dan bravely ventured forth, eagerly hiking towards a notorious outcrop. Traipsing through the water ...
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The sound of thunder's like a whip

The sound of thunder's like a whip, one takes a stab and makes a quip; uncaps a bottle, lights a pipe, accessing files of private type; a mental crisis, break of dawn, can experts solve what'...
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A trip to the library

I try to go to the library at least once every month, so I've developed a pretty good relationship with the librarian, a nice old man who sometimes teases me about my broad set of interests. Yesterday,...
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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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Eric Andre had a dream

Eric Andre had a dream. What did he dream? Hint $\downarrow$ (the answer does require knowledge, though I'd assume it's pretty common to know about it) Not part of the puzzle. TL;DR This is my ...
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(5 of 11: Slitherlink) What is Pyramid Cult's Favorite Person?

Dear PSE users and moderators, I’m new here in PSE, but I really need your help. There was this person who gave me a black envelope consisting 10+1 pages of puzzles, and also a scribble saying: “Find ...
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Lazy puzzler's masyu

The creator of this masyu forgot to add the final stone, so the puzzle remains incomplete. Finish his job for him by placing one additional stone (either black or white) on the board so that the ...
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Double helix Assembly

A long chain of organic molecule will somehow snap on 3 links forming 4 shorter strings. Then realign themselves together or self-assemble to form a double helix dna strand. Like a twisted ladder with ...
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Piece de Resistance - Five Flowers with One Missing

Five - Flowers with One Missing This puzzle is part of the "Piece de Resistance" series. Go back to Part 1 (Ace) for the story.Ace Two Three Four Five ... Removing the silver matter, you see this ...
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Original Riddle

You may find me fast: My answer is transparent to those restive few who went off Their egregious oversight Left to scan and screen Hear my refrain bound to draw the story out Hint #1 Hint #2 Hint #...
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The Hidden Treasures

Credit: Brandon X. My friend made this riddle and I think it’s pretty well made with lots of components, so here it is: ...
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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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Stuffing in the middle

What peculiar property do all these words have in common? ...
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The Dropper, But With A Twist

Here's a piece-drop puzzle of my own. In the below position, a White piece is to be dropped onto the board. This means that, before White can move, they must legally put a single piece on them board. ...
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Cryptic Crossword with Missing LUGs

Inspired by jafe's Cryptic with missing capitals and Tzu Li's Tokyo Metro puzzle: Solve the clues and fill the grid. Each clue is missing a different London Underground Station As jafe has noted in ...
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Masyu puzzles with many circles

The rules of Masyu: Make a single loop with lines passing through the centers of cells, horizontally or vertically. The loop never crosses itself, branches off, or goes through the same cell ...
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TechSupport Issue ID#812

User ID: 3Aq47h-20dpc8l Language: English (UK) Today I noticed a strange text file on my Windows 10 PC's Desktop called "README.txt". Curious, I opened it and it read START → 2↑ → P 3→ ↑ P 4→ P →...
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Lockpicking combinations [on hold]

A locksmith uses the tool below to pick a tumbler lock with 6 pins and 6 possible pin heights. Suppose she already knows the correct sequence in which to try the pins. How many combinations will she ...
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“Brainf*ck, but not really.”

Yesterday, I organized a contest with various challenges the participants had to solve. I put 6 very simple puzzles that were solved almost instantly, and the deadline was supposed to be until Sunday. ...
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Wumpus-hunting Masyu

You are an explorer looking to capitalize on a cave you've discovered. The goal is to construct a pathway that visitors can take safely. The problem is that the cave is full of dangers, including a ...
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Try to design a uniquely solvable masyu

Warning: extreme difficulty Does there exist a 6x6 masyu puzzle with one black pearl in each row/column (without any white pearls) which is uniquely solvable? What about for 7x7 grids? In fact, what ...
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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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Foul Psychology Question

According to our psychology examination, Mr. X Is afraid of heights as well as the cookie monster under his bed (1) Prefers to work late into the night (2) Has 20/20 vision with perfect ...
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Real Life Chaos Theory Puzzle [on hold]

I accidentally threw a red at my teammate during a Mario Kart Wii organized race, causing someone else to be banned from a MKW lounge for a week as a result. Try to figure out the missing steps. If ...
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A Philosopher's Dream

I am heavier than most, but I still run faster than you. Some mistake me for a fool, yet everyone else loves me. Even as centuries pass and empires disappear too-- I stay by their sides, ...
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Get to the guest chair without turning your back on the host or the audience [on hold]

On many TV talk shows, the guest enters the stage from the right side (from the audience’s perspective), walks past the front of the host’s desk, then turns around just before sitting in the guest ...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. XV

You and the hiker walk through passageway and are surprised to find yourselves in a forest clearing. There seems to only be one path, but there is also a piece of paper nailed to a tree: ...
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Is it easier to control an unfair die than a fair die? [on hold]

First of all, I am not sure if this is the right place to ask this question, I wanted to post it at the mathematics community but also wasn't too sure. I read somewhere that when dice are fair, the ...
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Dodgy Dies: The Puzzling Premiere

Inspired by the "Treasure Hunter Monolith" minigame from Danganronpa V3 Dodgy Dies Guide Terminology Block - a single die on the grid. Cycle - a list of blocks Value - the ...
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Peterhead Codes and Ciphers Club: Weekly Challenge

This is one of the cipher-based challenges I have created for my club. This is a lengthy puzzle so feel free to post partial answers. My golden rule is that moving something that isn't glued down ...
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Can you find the next number in the following series?

Replace the question mark with the next number. 14, 1, 13, 0, 23, 21, ?
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What is a NaturaW Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a NaturaW Word™. Use the ...
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Can you stop the rambling rook?

This is a chess puzzle someone showed me a long time ago. If you already know this puzzle please give the others a chance to solve it first. This puzzle was originally created by Otto Gallischek and ...
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Fully-Firstable Anagram Sets

Okay, first let's define some terminology: Anagram - Oh come on, how are you on Puzzling.SE if you don't know this one? Anagram Set - a list of words that are all anagrams of eachother, e.g.: ACTS ...
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The Roommates' Dilemma

2 roommates - Arjun and Bishan - rent a house with two rooms for a month. One room is 700 sqft in size and the other 300 sqft. Let's say that the rent is Rs. 100 for 1 month for both rooms combined. ...
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I'm a really tiny critter. Come close

Come really close and take a look at me. May be you will think I am sleepy May be you will have a couple of questions: Why is he far away at the end? Why are there six in a row then ...
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The Tripan Balance

The tripan balance is used for comparing different weights. For example, when the pans carries 7 balls,5 balls and one is empty. The heaviest tilt to lowest level while the empty pan is at the highest ...
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That Ain't Right… #4

Here's a small head-scratcher for you all today. In the above position, it is White to play and mate Black in four moves, assuming that Black plays their best moves. However, there is a catch—there ...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. XIV (we skipped a number, I know)

(We skipped a number to avoid bad luck!) (READ THE SOLUTION TO PT. VIII BEFORE CONTINUING) You lead the hiker through passageway and you both seem to be alive by the time you come into a giant, ...
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Hiker's Cabin Mystery | Pt. III

See Part I | See Part II | See Part IV Finally, you've gained access to his files... but the filenames are all encrypted! Oh, no! You only have one chance to open the files! Which one should you ...
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What are the missing numbers in this group of 7?

The following groups of 7 number in each line, are related in each line in a unique way: ...
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What is the question mark?

My friend gave me this sequence of numbers: 3=11 6=12 11=13 14=14 361114=A A=? Which number can replace the question mark?
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Yajilin minicubes: the Hullabaloo, the Brouhaha, the Bangarang

These are three-dimensional yajilin puzzles. In each puzzle, the four squares depict the layers of a $4\times4\times4$ cube. Shade some cells on each layer. The numbered cells show how many ...
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What is a Rotten Word™?

This is in the spirit of the What is a Word/Phrase™ series started by JLee with a special brand of Phrase™ and Word™ puzzles. If a word conforms to a special rule, I call it a Rotten Word™. Use the ...

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