Gareth McCaughan
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Don't settle for a billion
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Here's one way to make something quite big:

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Rebus puzzle: S + tie + shoes? + g
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I strongly suspect it isn't a rebus at all, but a geeky joke about (workplace?) informality. In some text editors and Unix text-processing tools, the notation s/thing1/thing2/g means "replace thing1 ...

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Evaluate the image
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If you happen to speak a version of English in which "tree" and "three" are near-homonyms (e.g., Irish English) then the answer might be

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Can political debates really work?
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I am assuming that So, consider Now,

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Debugging with printf()
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Well, he can do it by adding on the line before. So that's Or, slightly better, exploit the fact that and make that first line for

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Why is Bob a normal guy?
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Something like this? He has a shot of alcohol every morning. He hasn't showered in weeks. He has a full head of hair, but doesn't use a comb. He regularly wraps a noose around his neck. He has a ...

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A mathematical riddle
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You are Three letters can define me, Sometimes even just one. Try to derive the answer, And you'll find just me. I'm so fast, I'm so slow, Up or down I will go. Some are based on different things,...

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Easy Riddles #5: What thing am I?
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You might be I am in math, in biology, in physics, in coding. I can kill, can harm, can help people find their way. I can hold many things: sometimes arguments, sometimes objects.

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68 coins with 100 weighings
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It seems to me that there's a simpler solution than the one accepted above. Step 1: Step 2: Step 3: The point here is that

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A simple nonogram
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Final answer is or perhaps I should say I confess that I only bothered going this far by strict logical inference before allowing myself to make the obvious assumptions about the structure of the ...

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Prove your innocence
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I don't think there's anything in the story that shows that the (fictional) Chinese didn't fake this right, but here's a thing that seems like it might be easy to get wrong and possible to detect: ...

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What's underused by Americans?
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I believe the answer is Underused by Americans, Lucky from below an animal, Plucking at your tin cans, Kit-Ginevra's answer (go upvote it if you like this one) observes that Sequential in this ...

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The "Loop of rope" dilemma
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Alice Bob

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🍩🔔🔥Scrambled emoji tale⚛️🎶🛒 #2️⃣
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This is We begin with Then We continue on to and then cut to at which point and then again we have an abrupt change of scene to and yet another to and yet another to at which point and ...

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What is the solution to this metapuzzle from a university puzzling column?
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The answer is obtained by And of course

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Took a trip to a parallel universe, need help deciphering
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I'm pretty sure the lecture (or at least that part of it) was about The inscription The mysterious prefix $\vee\sqcup$

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I was popular in the 1970s
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That looks to me like

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I am in the beginning of time and space - What am I?
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Perhaps you are I am in the beginning of time and space I stand for nothing but I mean a lot I cannot be divided into parts.

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The Alien Message: What does it mean?
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Let's start with an easy bit. The top left To the right of this To the right of that Below that, Below that, Back at the left side, below the numbers, and to the right below which Next we have ...

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"X" Marks the Spot
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You need to go somewhere in the vicinity of as may be more apparent if we You can see

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What do you understand by the word WORHT?
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I think it's meant to indicate the single word

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Chessboard Rook Problem
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There are Proof: Now I bet the ratio of good to bad is I wrote a little Python program (possibly buggy, so apply some skepticism, but I've tested the bit most likely to have bugs and it seems OK) ...

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A simple visual puzzle to die for
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I believe Ivo Beckers has the right answer but not for the intended reason. Rather, the idea is to So, in particular,

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Coin Game with infinite paradox
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OK, let's actually take this seriously. As others have said, this is the so-called St Petersburg paradox, and the reason it isn't really much of a paradox is that (1) an extra dollar matters much less ...

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Can you save white in this chess position?
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Cheaty solution Once upon a time, the rules of chess With these rules, White can (The rules were fixed some time ago.) As for the three questions: perhaps the answers are: Alternatively: ... Of ...

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A Cryptic Crossword in Indonesian Language (TTS Kriptik Bahasa Indonesia)
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In the chatroom created by North, he and I have been attacking this, and we've finally done it. Here's the grid: Wordplay explanations -- across clues: and down clues: For many of these there are ...

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Anagrams: From Food to Food
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Here are three pretty decent ones to take you up to five: These are pushing it a bit: And I think these are clearly impermissible:

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Unintelligible Batch of Wingdinglish
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It says if we This isn't all; it turns out that I confess that Many of these Block 1: Block 2: Block 3: (not really looked at yet) Block 4: (not really looked at yet, but) Block 5: Block 6: (...

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My friend's snake will make me rich. Where should I take it?
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So the point here seems to be to treat each of the snake's cryptic utterances as leading to and then combine these to get The first set: which presumably indicates The second: leading us to Now, ...

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How many steps are visible on the Escalator?
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We'll measure time in units of how long it takes for one step to emerge from the bottom or disappear at the top of the escalator and distance in units of steps. Let the length of the escalator be $n$,...

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