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A puzzle that involves figuring out what happened with regard to a certain incident.

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Peas at the barbecue saved the day!

You were at your neighborhood barbeque when noticed a lady reporting a theft to the police. This is what you heard: Lady: Help! A man grabbed my purse and ran away! Police: Did you notice anything ...
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A physics problem? Hmm… Let's see

I've made this up and I have no idea how easy or difficult it is. Person A has two objects B and C. A performs an experiment in her living room. She places a 100cm high solid wooden box in the centre ...
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The glamorous couple and their cosplay workshop

Mike the MMA* fighter and his fashion-model wife Wendy make a striking couple. They turn heads, especially when engaging in their favourite pastime - cosplay**. Mike likes to dress as a fantasy hero, ...
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Explain these dirty tire tracks

The image below shows a clean Jeep and dirty tire tracks on a black paved parking lot. The tracks are dirtiest near the Jeep, less dirty at the bottom of the image, and even less dirty on the right ...
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Why did the number of islands change?

There is a cluster of islands, which a private pilot flies over at dawn. The pilot can see 17 islands. A week later, she makes the same flight, at dawn, following the same altitude, speed, path and ...
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He's a real mama's baby

Monday morning baby Alex awoke in his mother's loving embrace. His mother changed him, fed him, and snuggled him, which he of course loved. But when she went to get her coat and suitcase baby Alex ...
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The Strange Conversation

One morning, I was riding along my bicycle around town and I stopped outside the shopping center as there were 2 old-persons, one man and one woman (let's call them A and B) standing outside and ...
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Murder mystery of Dirk

Once I was spying, just for fun, on a classmate at a shopping mall. He (Jack) was meeting his friend (Dirk). Jack (speaking to himself and holding some bubble gum): I'm not going to buy those. They ...
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Explain this bad parking job

One bright Monday morning, I drove to work and parked my car in Lot A. That morning, others also parked in Lot A, and we all found each other’s parking jobs to be satisfactory. That afternoon, a co-...
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“I claim this corner of the world for Britain!” - What game are Alex and Brooke playing?

An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #45: Flags Alex and Brooke are playing a game. I've transcribed their conversation below. Can you make sense of it? Alex: I claim this corner of the world for ...
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A Routine Doctor's visit [closed]

An unprepared student asked his doctor for help getting out of taking an exam. What suggestion did the doctor make? Doctor: How are you doing? Patient: Not so great. I have a test in a couple days ...
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Explain this pattern of water spots in a parking space

Today, I found this pattern of water spots in a parking space. Other parking spaces with cars in them also had similar patterns of water spots. What caused this pattern, and why are there more water ...
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A collapsed suspension bridge

I used to cross a suspension bridge to go to the other side of the road, there used to sit the local market and I used to buy grocery from them. The bridge was well-built and strong, but suspended. ...
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A Creepy Birthday Party

A little girl was invited to her friend's birthday party. After blowing out the candles and eating the cake, the children went out to play in the garden. The little girl's mother stayed in the kitchen ...
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But wait! We skipped a day!

Today is October 4th and tomorrow will be October 6th. Explain! Note: I just thought of this one day and decided to post it here. Please don't leave too many downvotes. :(
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Someone Shoot Me!

Real-life situation, this time. I was at work the other day and had just done something. I needed to tell a coworker he needed to do it as well, but he was on the phone at the time. Not wanting to ...
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Covid19 puzzle - count of people in a mall [closed]

There is a mall with 4 entrances, in each entrance is standing a doorman with a counter who counts the amount of people who entered through that entrance. If the counter reaches 200, the doorman ...
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How to find half volume of tetrahedron?

Let's say you have a few juice packs that are shaped as regular tetrahedra. Question. Is it possible to measure half of the juice there is in one pack? Edit. You do not have any measuring tools (rules,...
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Logic: Match the Potion to the Drinker

You are known as a great alchemist and potion master, and have spent the past decade developing a series of extremely powerful potions. You have made some great progress, but the potions are not ready ...
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Measuring an infinite hole with an infinite rope [closed]

You have discovered a pit of unknown depth with impervious smooth walls. You also have a 1/2" twisted nylon rope which is 5,000km long and marked every meter. It is anchored to the ground by an ...
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Shut down the laptop!

Here's a computer based riddle for all the linux geeks out there: You just installed Ubuntu 20.04 on your shiny new laptop! The system boots you into your user and shows you the desktop. However, to ...
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Love ,relations are mere lies , go study boy this is your time

A wise old man once said the above lines when he came to know about one incident. The incident is as follows. A man and a woman living in a city , in the same street fell in love, both happily married ...
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Choose Your Power Wisely? [closed]

You were walking in your home, when suddenly out of nowhere a genie appeared in front of you and gave you multiple wishes of his own , but only asked you to choose only one of them :- (i) Infinite ...
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A mystery involving matchboxes and lighters [closed]

There was a family of 4 people . They had a daughter named Rina and his brother's name was Tarun . Everyone knew that their father was a scientist, and is on in doing some experiments all day and ...
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A wish that fulfills 3 wishes together [closed]

This is a riddle , which has been solved before but is fun and interesting so sharing with all here :- I lived in a family with my wife and my parents . Suddenly I found a magic lamp , where from ...
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A dead body was found buried near our Old House?

I lived in a very old house with my father a very long time ago . We are a family with $3$ members , and my mother had died long ago. We have now shifted to a new house , since the old house became ...
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Final Fantasy $1$ has been released today?

I had a friend in my school who used to hate studies . He always liked to play video games, studying nothing, always talks about video games in school, and also gets some scolds from the teacher. ...
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Jill's flight security woes

Jill is on a flight when she spots her friend a few seats behind her. She tries to get his attention, and is immediately tackled by security. What did Jill do to warrant such a response?
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An interesting,scary and an old riddle

One night I was visiting a friend of mine . I didn't visit him for a long time , though he was a very old friend . We had the following conversation :- Friend :- I am very happy to see you my friend !...
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Trapped and gassed!

“Ouch!” I moaned as I slowly regained consciousness. Someone had knocked me out cold from behind. I now found myself alone, trapped in a small square room. The floor was hard and cold, and the room ...
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The madness of a master

It was midnight. Mr. Holmes was suffering from abdominal pain, shortness of breath, pain in the bones, skin lesions and whatnot? So in this condition, why would Mr. Holmes drive to Brazilian Churches, ...
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Burger Riddle, Can you solve it? [duplicate]

There once were 2 mothers and 2 daughters. One day they went to eat burgers. Each woman ate only one WHOLE burger. Yet only 3 burgers are eaten! Perplexed? Unravel this mind-boggling riddle!
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Doctor and farmer [duplicate]

That's the rule: "A shepherd from Holland has a son doctor at London, the son doctor from London does not have a father shepherd from Holland". How is this possible?
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Predicting the future?

I was browsing my email one morning when I got this curious email: Date: February 17, 2020 Subject: Want to see the future? Hello, I am a clairvoyant who can predict the future. I have made a fortune ...
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At the crime scene of a murder 🔪

Someone has been murdered! Eight suspects have been identified. The contents of their bags have been emptied to use as evidence and are listed below alongside their names. Which one of them was the ...
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A timely late arrival in The Future

It is The Future, and you're living in it. Flying cars haven't arrived yet, but self-driving cars are a thing. Sort of. After the latest AI uprising, integrated route planners were banned: you have ...
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How could the driver waste time? [closed]

A road passes through two small villages, A and B, as shown in the map below. A truck traveled on that road eastwards at a constant speed of 30 miles per hour and passed through village A at 5pm, but ...
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Zed's Garden: Nothing But Flowers

My friend Etta and I constantly pay visits to each other. Etta runs a little flower shop down the street from my house, so naturally I try to stop on by while I gad about town, and sometimes I'll even ...
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The Old Man and the Police Officer

An old man walks into a Police Station. He asks for help. A Police Officer on duty asks a short question. The old man is scared and starts sweating. The officer grabs that old man from ...
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Zed's Order: Breakfast at Elon's

My friend Elon and I constantly irritate each other. He recently built himself a rather respectable restaurant – a sort of bed-&-breakfast, minus the beds. Last week, he asked if I could ...
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Hungry for pistachios [closed]

You are locked in a completely empty room with no tools. You are given a bag with cooked pistachios. Most of the pistachios are fully open, but some are only partially open. You are not able to open ...
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A Tale of Wintry Tragedy

$$\def\T{\text}\scriptsize{\begin{array} \\\T{`Twas weather chilly in winter's dark} & \T{Absconded with them far away} \\\T{When brothers five went out to lark} & \T{Made a mistake they could ...
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The Death Recording

A woman was found dead in her house. She lay slumped on her desk, holding a gun in her hand. A cassette tape recorder was on her table. The police on entering the house saw the cassette recorder and ...
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Driverless car Puzzle

2 self driving vehicles are being tested. Both vehicles are exactly the same. Both are fitted with a camera on the Dashboard, although in car A it is a slightly older model and is 1 kg heavier than in ...
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How do I find the least number of times a shuttle can travel from one place to another?

I often see this situation in exams and I'd like to know if there is any kind of algorithm or shortcut that I can use to solve this riddle instead of just guessing or trying to play Where's wally with ...
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Ball-passing game with a surprise ending

You are organizing the following game: Requirements: Participants: About 15 players. You are Player 1, and the other 14 players have (preferably) no prior knowledge of the game. Equipment: A basket ...
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The Strange Abductor

Someone, or something, has been abducting members of your community! Though no deaths are reported, recovered victims are said to have suffered from a severe, albeit temporary, case of what could best ...
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The case of the pranking snowplow

It’s circa 1990, and there is a big snowfall in Some City, USA. The mayor has left his car parked in a public parking lot, and the next morning, he discovers that the lot has been plowed, but the ...
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Two men on a road

Two men are on the side of a long, straight road that runs east to west, waiting for a tow truck. They stand facing opposite directions, one east, one west, in order to scan the road. "Stop making ...
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A balloon and a vacuum

You have a metal water bottle entirely filled with a vacuum and you have a rubber party balloon (lets make it red). How can you use only the bottle to inflate the balloon with the air surrounding you. ...

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