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Mysterious Murder Mystery
45 votes

I have a possible solution which no-one else has yet suggested. It has the virtue of simplicity. My reasoning: I'd consider the following answers equivalent to my solution (you might not agree): ...

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My wife has died
36 votes

Maybe

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The answer lies within this question!
36 votes

The answer is quite simply this.

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What characteristics of a ciphertext can be indicators of a particular cipher?
22 votes

Groups of 5 or total length divisible by 5 Might be the Baconian Cipher, which uses a set of 5 binary-coded ('A' or 'B') items to represent each letter in the plaintext. Example: Lolcat ...

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He Was Victorious (a short riddle)
12 votes

It's about Because He was victorious, say you, in a foreign tongue. He was almost there, he's a ring in the skin; A half-fisted stove; a snake by the nines. Christmas Eve now holds their ...

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Why was the Five Star Hotel sued?
11 votes

You already added the milk/sugar? The fly was still there? The coffee had been in the cup long enough that the outside of the cup had had time to heat up?

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Tea father? Drink!
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8 votes

The answer is: I am a body thats for sure Ire I held for my neighbours, so pure My north teamed up while the south went solo We remember the severe lack of the potato My symbol riddled with the ...

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The Motionless Floating Eraser
8 votes

A few possibilities that spring to mind, some more practical than others: Eraser is in the process of falling at the moment the photo is taken (shutter speed of 1/250 or faster will 'freeze' motion). ...

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Poisoned Iced Tea
7 votes

Alternatively: If then this would definitely be the answer! :)

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Cryptic clue: Boil rocks in wood scrap (7)
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7 votes

'Boil rocks' means 'an anagram of boil' ('boil' that's been kind of jolted around). 'Wood scrap' (noun) is what you get once you've burnt some wood: 'ash' (or maybe the author just intends 'wood', by ...

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How long can a population last without incest?
5 votes

This condition: avoid any and all incest, no matter how far removed means that the answer is 0, because all of the initial population share common ancestors (all living humans share a set of common ...

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Should the angels play their game?
5 votes

Update: this answer is partly/mostly wrong, see Rex's answer. But it's not bad for a wild guess, I feel. The set of possible formulae is infinite but because it's countably infinite, the second angel ...

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The Sativan Sultan - The leader of a proud, holy people, you must uncover their name
5 votes

Updated with a new guess: Now I think it's damming of a dam holy servants to four kingdoms spitting image A chest drinks cloud made flesh although I haven't got anything yet for Mastbergen or ...

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Another river with some extra letters
4 votes

They walked across. It was a river of a non-Newtonian liquid such as custard.

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Can you solve this password mystery? Someone has kidnapped Mr. Fox
4 votes

From a game-theory point of view, Batman should adopt a policy of "no negotiation with hostage-takers", because if it becomes known to villains that they can get what they want through taking Batman's ...

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Building a 2 mile runway on a 1x1 mile island
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An entertaining option: Leave the runway flat and level at length 1 mile (or sqrt(2) miles if you like) and use Rocket-Assisted Takeoff. JATO (acronym for jet-assisted take off), is a type of ...

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Longest sentence where all words are anagrams of each other
3 votes

10 words Apres-rapes, parse "prase spear pares spare pears, reaps asper" meaning After you have completed the violent sexual attacks, analyse the following sentence: "a weapon, made of green ...

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Fire in a crowded theatre
3 votes

There's a psychological phenomenon whereby people are more likely try to exit through the main entrance, or the one through which they entered the building, rather than use fire exits. This can cause ...

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The duck and the wolf
3 votes

Simple. The duck can always escape, no matter how fast the wolf runs. If it's a 'puddle duck' then it can do a vertical-takeoff from the middle of the pond, without going near the edge. If it's not ...

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How many rectangles are there in the following figure?
2 votes

Given the lines have non-zero thickness, I count 32.

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Is it permissible to put the straight or definition in the middle of the cryptic crossword clue?
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2 votes

If you're not sticking to the North American or Ximenean standards then "Is it permissible" raises the question "permitted by whom?" or "according to what rules?" If we alter the question a bit to ...

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How many legs does the bear have?
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Some possibilities: 4 legs - it's a polar bear (or any other kind of bear), artificially transported from captivity or from its natural habitat to the South Pole by persons unknown for reasons ...

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Whisky treasure-hunt: Cryptogram which refers to a place in Scotland
2 votes

I have some serious doubts about this answer, but it's too long for a comment so here goes: I reverse the digits in each row of the question. I use the first row as Eastings and the second row as ...

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Puzzle : O' Barber , Who Art Thou?
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The barber doesn't shave. Perhaps the barber is a woman or a child or perhaps he's a man with a great big bushy beard and moustache or maybe he's undergoing hormone treatment and doesn't need to ...

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From $b$ to $a$, and then $a$ to $b$, come find me!
2 votes

First step: Converting the ciphertext from gives plaintext: Why I did it this way: Perhaps the next step might be:

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What Britney Spears is famous for
1 votes

Could it be: because ? Or perhaps: because while I don't remember a Scottish theme to any BS music videos, I'm happy to say I'm not much of an expert on the topic.

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Does this puzzle have a clear solution?
1 votes

The answer is either A or B... In each move: bottom right shaded symbol becomes top left hollow symbol top right symbol is rotated and enlarged to become bottom left symbol I can't see any means of ...

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Assumption Needed when Solving Puzzle
1 votes

Could be axiomatic - an axiom. An axiom or postulate is a premise or starting point of reasoning. As classically conceived, an axiom is a premise so evident as to be accepted as true without ...

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More males or females
1 votes

Equal, because there's an Equal probability of getting a son or a daughter and the sex of the parents' previous children doesn't change that. Because, for each child which is conceived, the ...

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The longest word without A,E,I,O, or U
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The regexp dictionary says the full list of vowel-less words (by their definition of a 'word') is: -'s -cy -fy -gyny -phyll -ry -st -ty -yl 24-7 3-D b bb by by- c cd ...

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