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This is not a fish

I'm sure you know how the word 'ghoti' can be interpreted to be pronounced 'fish', by taking the sounds from the words 'cough,' 'women' and 'action.' But can you find a word in which the letters 'wo' ...
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Allegedly legible lexical ledger

Can you figure out what's going on here? ...
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Story of a hag and of a hog

Jump to the image to skip the 'flavour' story I am very worried about my auntie. I have not heard from her for nearly a month now, and our last phone call was very strange: -"Hello?" -"...
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Mega-puzzle of many number puzzles: Nikoli Octathlon

This puzzle has been my Moby Dick of puzzles for so long. It's from MellowMelon's old puzzle site and is a Nikoli-based megapuzzle with eight sub-puzzles. I'm copying the puzzle image from there so as ...
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Who am I? (visual puzzle)

If... ...then: (post your answer as a picture)
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A young vegetarian adventurer

A friend of mine wrote the following story. He always was one for using too many words though, and I think that has complicated this puzzle somewhat. Can you unravel it for me? A young vegetarian ...
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Left hand leads, Chip!

Like Baruchel, Cartwright, and Hamill heroics and games net me clout As private as I am general in battle my pike is drawn out If I should play white on a chessboard my clock's less engulfed due to ...
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The Rainbow Serpents

At your bathhouse job, you encounter a pair of rainbow serpents, each having two heads, hiding behind a wide pillar. They seem to be bent around the pillar with a head from each serpent visible on ...
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Who's Missing? (A metapuzzle)

Task Solve the sub-puzzles to enable you to solve the meta-puzzle at the end. Partial answers contributing to the overall solve are welcome (but, of course, do try to answer as much as you can!). ...
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Sequence of triangles, circles, and sparkles [closed]

Any ideas? I think it has something to do with the moon illusion where the moon appears larger closer to the horizon. So a waxing waning new and full moon and different times. One is my guess
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Which plume is which?

One day, at the spirits' bathhouse you work at, you encounter 5 dragons, who have decided to share a bath. Due to the lighting you can only see what is above the water, that being 5 tails, and 4 heads ...
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Different from each other

The answer to this puzzle consists of two words with 14 letters in total. Hint1 Hint2
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Mastermind: What should I guess next? That depends

Bob was playing a popular adventure game on his computer, and he came across a Mastermind minigame. Here's the results of his first four guesses: Bob has never been great at solving logic puzzles on ...
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The three door puzzle [closed]

In a long room are three doors. Behind each door one block is hanging from the ceiling. Behind the first door the block is made of concrete; behind the second door the block is made of hardwood; ...
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Prefixes of French words in the Princeton linguistics challenge

Source I am unable to come up with a complete solution. No outside knowledge is said to be required for the solution to this puzzle. My observations: words which are not without a prefix only have ré ...
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How old is Grandfather?

This position has been used in hundreds of chess problems for various reasons by a plethora of problemists over many, many decades. It is known as "Vielväterstellung" in German, or "The ...
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The end of a wild ride

This is part 13 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, My long trip is finally over. This is my last destination before ...
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Two out of a dozen cartons have Easter eggs. Two people try to find one Easter egg carton, each using a different strategy. Who is expected to win?

I have found a counter intuitive puzzle. I have read the answer given at the source and understand it completely. But, what I am unable to understand is why my intuition turned out to be wrong. ...
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Replaced by animals, but also in webpages

I'm really very old, Nowadays rarely used, Replaced by animals Of a feminine variety. Give me more space, And I'm in Asturian, Or in some webpages Of an HTML variety. What am I?
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The Cryptic Tower

You stand before a cryptic tower. On a locked door of crumbling stone is a strange cipher. The text is partially obscured by mold-covered cracks: HOLLDW SILENCE BOUNLER WASFUS There are several ...
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Wormeus and the Multiple Stickotaurs (Part 2)

This is the sixth puzzle in the Wormeus series and the second puzzle involving multiple Stickotaurs and wormhole puns. Wormhole-pairs are indicated with light green lines (note that this was ...
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Hidden message in photo [closed]

png with hidden message inside, but i cannot decrypt (understand) the message, do you have any suggestions? The code: h5BA68F35I_%3E%3B%3BG3gdc%3E%3EFF9g5deA82hhh%3F%3Ea%3B22gdh%3Ee%3B%3B%6025%...
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A problem from order and ranking [closed]

Rita is sitting 5th from the left end of row and Sita is 11 th to the right of Rita and Tina is 4 th to left of Sita. Madhuri is 8th to right of Tina. What is the total number of students in the row ...
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Encrypted Snake (Grid Puzzle)

Rules of Snake: Shade some cells to form a non-intersecting path which does not touch itself, not even diagonally. Black circles must lie on one end of the path. White circles must lie somewhere ...
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The marvelous puzzling space prize

Prologue Three friends wanting to earn the marvelous puzzling space prize offered by a supercomputer, joined a competition. Here are the competition's rules they read out in the competition ...
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Sum-until-1 Fillomino: Odds, Fibonacci, and Pi

Fillomino rules (taken from Nikoli): Fill in all empty cells with numbers under the following rules. Divide all of the board into blocks. Fill each block with the same number horizontally or ...
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A splash of Minecraft?

I was playing Minecraft the other day and came across a beautiful splash message. Subsequently, I was inspired to create a puzzle for it. Svir, look out below! Shorty's slang stays surprisingly stout....
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Blood relations - who is married to whom and reads which magazines?

In a family of eight persons - P, Q, R, S, T, U, V and W - there are four males and four females. There are three married couples and two persons are unmarried. Each of them reads a different magazine,...
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General Approach to Solving Cryptarithms

I have recently started honing my problem-solving skills, starting with number-related puzzles. Cryptarithms have appeared frequently, so I was wondering whether there is some sort of general approach ...
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One-sided chess: Self stalemate revisted

An old self-stalemate puzzle has been popping up in my feed lately. I was unable to do better than the existing answers, so I created a different puzzle from it. For reference: One-sided chess: Can ...
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Sub Battle Sudoku

Please find below a variant Sudoku which incorporates elements of Star Battle. The Sudoku is a standard irregular Sudoku, and the clues outside the grid are sandwich clues: the sum of digits strictly ...
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Which four numbers are the answer? “We are four brothers/Two of us are twins.” [closed]

The answer is four numbers. We are four brothers. Two of us are twins. Our first brother born in February and the older in September.
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3 blue moons in one year, impossible? When's the next blue moon? (sooner than you think) [closed]

Three Blue Moons in One year, impossible? A few years ago, on Nov 15 '17 at 6:00 Jamal Senjaya asked "Is it true that doomsday will occur in the year with a triple 3 blue moon?" Many of the ...
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100 blue-eyed people riddle N=4

The solution of this riddle is usually given with explicit reasoning for two cases: Case where there is only 1 blue-eyed person, Case where there are 2 blue-eyed people. That logic is clear, and I ...
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Where's the path?

A person was shading several unit squares in a square grid, to create a path from the bottom left corner to the top right corner. The path stepped from each square to the next either horizontally or ...
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Are there truly unwinnable Calculation decks?

Calculation is a solitaire variant known for its large skill ceiling; supposedly, the large majority of games can be won by skilled human players, whereas the games to be won by uninformed play are in ...
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Missing number in this number relation puzzle with five numbers in an X shape

A user on Reddit, namely u/SeaworthinessOld8687, posed the following puzzle and I found it interesting. We have to find the “?” in the given set of number relations. “?” is a single-digit positive ...
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What's the relation between these clues?

Find the relation between these words a.k.a. clues in the sentences below: Zombies prefer to stay beside elevators. Evil country produces thousands of money. I was eating fast food in that vehicle. ...
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Mid-loop: Coming Soon

Rules of Mid-loop: Draw a single loop passing through all of the black dots. The loop may not branch off, intersect, or move diagonally. The loop cannot bend at the black dot. Each black dots denotes ...
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Transform a pile of cards in reverse order

There are 52 cards on a table and numbered in order from 1 to 52 with number 1 on top. The following operation can be repeatedly done: split the pile into two piles without shuffling and take cards ...
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Matchstick Puzzle 4971 [closed]

Rewriting the puzzle in text: Move exactly 2 matchsticks to make this equality true: 4 + 9 - 7 = 1 Important Points: By the word 'move', I would also like to allow the possibility of 'remove', to ...
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Rich and unique

This is part 12 of the puzzle series that started at Living the traveller's dream. Each part is solvable on its own. Dear Puzzling, Unfortunately I’m nearing the end of my trip. Next week’s ...
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When was Ensquare born?

Professor Matlogic posed this question to his smartest math student: "Famous mathematician Ensquare was born on this day, this month and this year AD at this time (hour and minutes) pm. True to ...
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A Harry Potter sequence puzzle

What is the next term in the following sequence based on Harry Potter? None, 16, None, 16, 5, 9, ?
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Two dimensional Mastermind

You have probably played the classic game of Mastermind with 4 pegs and 6 colours. It turns out that the codebreaker can always find the pattern in 5 moves or fewer. Now consider the 2D version of the ...
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Words with dual and opposing meanings

What is the word in each case? I can attach or cut. I can be virtual or real. I can approve or penalize. I can separate or entangle.
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A familiar sequence?

D 11876 h 18422 R 5373 G 19114 S ? What number is represented by the question mark?
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Puzzle storm to infinity

I have been playing Puzzle Storm on Lichess lately. Essentially it involves solving chess puzzles within a given time limit. Additionally, the player gets a time bonus for a certain number of moves. ...
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Let's build a tree together!

It's been a while since I've posted due to being incredibly busy at work, so I've got a short and sweet Riley for anyone interested. Look for the infix, odious indeed, Obscenities and evil, a hex, ...
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A Sporting Scandal?

It was the final of the world-renowned cricket tournament - the Cinders (not to be mistaken for the Ashes). The Owls were comfortably the favourites. They were unbeaten in the last 4 years, whereas ...

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