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A riddle gives indirect clues about an unnamed object or concept to be identified.
A puzzle related to mathematical facts and objects, whose solution needs mathematical arguments. General mathematics questions are off-topic but can be asked on Mathematics Stack Exchange.
A puzzle that requires formal logical deduction to arrive at the solution. This suggests more than merely reasoning through clues to find an answer (you might want [situation] for that).
A puzzle whose answer will be a word or a set of words but not a phrase, sentence or sentences.
A puzzle whose solution relies on external sources such as tables, dictionaries, Wikipedia, or specifics that may not be common knowledge.
A puzzle which incorporates a form of wordplay, such as puns, or which requires wordplay in order to find the solution.
Puzzles where the genre or solving strategy of the puzzle is not explicitly stated; puzzles where the puzzler must deduce what type of puzzle it is.
a simple method of modifying messages to make them unreadable, but still possible to recover. Common ciphers are Caesar, Vigenere, Atbash, and several types of substitution cipher. Other c…
A puzzle in which you spot the pattern that links a set of given data items (like numbers, letters, music tunes). Usually, you use your insights into the pattern to find one or more new elements of th…
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.
A problem or riddle written in rhyme for an artistic twist.
A puzzle solved through an indirect and creative approach, using reasoning that is not immediately obvious and involving ideas that may not be obtainable only using logic.
dressed up as a story or a longer description of a situation.
A puzzle related to shapes, geometric objects (polygons, circles, solids, etc.) of any number of dimensions, the relative position of figures, and the properties of space. General geometry questions a…
A puzzle that involves numerical calculations, such as multiplication and addition.
A puzzle that asks for the pattern in a given number sequence.
A puzzle designed to be solved without using calculators, online decoders or computer programming. You're still allowed to use a computer to post the solution; Stack Exchange doesn't support smoke sig…
the study of counting discrete structures.
Puzzles such as Sudoku or Kakuro, where the final state of a pre-existing grid must be deduced logically through clues placed within and/or around the grid. Use with the [logical-deduction] tag. For p…
A puzzle that uses images and/or text, where solving the puzzle requires examination of the components' attributes.
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a methodological plan of action for realizing a specific goal.
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A puzzle that requires finding hidden data in various media forms, such as text or images.
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A puzzle related to chess. Questions about chess which aren't puzzles are off-topic and should be asked on Chess Stack Exchange.
A mathematical puzzle where you have to optimize a certain objective function (maximize profit, minimize cost).
A puzzle that heavily depends on linguistic features; for instance it may concern foreign languages, or only work in some particular language, or be built around a peculiarity of the English language.…
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A puzzle centered around geographical features, such as countries, continents, cities, mountains, rivers, and climate. Please do not use this tag to ask geography problems which aren't puzzles as they…
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For puzzles which ask the solver to determine a hidden property of certain words (or phrases), given a set of words with that property and usually also a set of words without it for comparison. Puzzle…
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Puzzles that crucially depend on some feature of the English language or that only work in an English formulation. General English questions are off-topic but can be asked on our sister sites English …
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A puzzle that involves cryptic clues of the type found in cryptic crosswords, but is not a cryptic crossword. DO NOT use this tag for puzzles that are stated cryptically; use [enigmatic-puzzle] instea…
A tag for puzzles dependent upon some degree of computer literacy - for instance, requiring basic familiarity with operating system usage, encryption or programming.
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For puzzles about forming numbers using other numbers and mathematical operations.
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A mathematical puzzle whose essential nature involves randomness. Use with [mathematics]
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presented in the form of any of the various types of poetry. General poetry questions are off-topic and should be asked on other Stack Exchange sites.
a puzzle consisting of a grid to be filled with symbols, such that each constraining unit contains each symbol exactly once. The typical example is a 9x9 square to be filled with the nu…
heavily based on the arithmetic properties of the integers. Use with [mathematics]
Puzzles that focus on getting information from truth-tellers (who never lie), liars (who always lie), and Jokers (who answer at random).
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