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What is this clay, bowl-like object?

While visiting a friend the other day, he showed me a very strange clay bowl. The bowl came with the house, which he rents. The owner does not know/recall the purpose of the bowl, nor have any guests been able to produce a convincing answer. More details and a drawing follow. [more inside]
posted by cobro on Jun 6, 2014 - 16 answers

Minimal strategy and puzzle games for iOS

I'm looking for well-designed puzzle and strategy games for my iPhone 5S. [more inside]
posted by reductiondesign on May 27, 2014 - 27 answers

Help me ID/find this game: a portal-like with bouncing ball

Help me ID/find this game: it may have been playable in-browser. If downloadable, it was free and probably worked on winxp. It might have only been at a demo/tech demo state, but it was a 3d first person puzzler where you aim and it would show you the trajectory of where a ball would bounce and you could then teleport to the end point of the trajectory? The idea was that you'd have to figure out which surface/angle to bounce off in order to get to a goal destination. May even have been posted to mefi. [more inside]
posted by juv3nal on Mar 22, 2014 - 6 answers

Linguistics Puzzle (geocache puzzle)

I am working on a puzzle that has to with linguistics. It has words in different languages and I have translated most of it. Some of the words didn't translate great with Google translate. I have gotten this out of the cache owner: "Yes, meaning can also have value. Perhaps not in English though. Or the words themselves." The value will be coordinates to ind the geocache. [more inside]
posted by lobsters9494 on Jan 30, 2014 - 35 answers

Can you help me puzzle out what my sister is going to name her baby?

My sister is pregnant, and they're keeping the baby's name a secret. But I get one guess, and she'll tell me if I'm right. They came across the name in a magazine article, and they heard it in a sci fi movie, as well. Here's everything I know about the article and the movie... can you help me sleuth out the name? [more inside]
posted by daisyace on Jan 19, 2014 - 24 answers

Stumped on this Sudoku

I've been stuck on this Sudoku for weeks. What's the next step? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Nov 17, 2013 - 14 answers

I'm puzzled. Help puzzle me more!

I'm looking for some good puzzle games, preferably for iOS and based on words rather than numbers or physical pieces. [more inside]
posted by lettersoflead on Nov 10, 2013 - 8 answers

I dou't kuow what this is abont

There are 2 people on my Facebook feed who will consistently mix up the letter "n" with the letter "u" such that "cousin" looks like "consin" and "don't" looks like "dout". I was wondering if anyone else has noticed people doing this, is this was a common thing in Northern Ireland (where both are from, but they were not raised together) or some weird idiosyncrasy? My pattern-seeking brain is seeking relief. [more inside]
posted by bleep on Oct 2, 2013 - 16 answers

Help Decode my Bike Lock

I have a bike lock that uses letters instead of numbers for the combination. I locked up my bike a month ago and, of course, have forgotten the code word. I'd love metafilter's help to create a list of dictionary words that are possible from the letters on the lock so I can try them all until it opens. There are four wheels, each with 10 letters. [more inside]
posted by dripdripdrop on Jul 25, 2013 - 11 answers

Won't you help me solve a thirty-year-old puzzle?

Hello darlings. I'd like your help, specifically in the form of looking at a painting and telling me if you recognize any parts of it from the city you live in, especially if that city is Boston. There's a fair amount of background in terms of what to look for, so please do bear with me. It's all relevant, I promise. [more inside]
posted by FAMOUS MONSTER on May 14, 2013 - 186 answers

seeking non-violent PS3 games with female protagonists

I'm looking for games available for the PlayStation 3 with (fully clothed, not overtly sexualized) female protagonists, or protagonists of unspecified gender. Ideally, the games would also be non-violent or minimally violent, and they would rely largely on puzzle-solving rather than time-sensitive and reflex-dependent jump-and-shoot strategies. [more inside]
posted by Elsa on Apr 25, 2013 - 20 answers

Creative puzzle gift box contents?

I have a puzzle box...a little box with a puzzle you must solve in order to open it. The opening inside is a cylinder about 2.5" in diameter by 3" in length, so, big enough for a standard plastic gift card if you bend it a little. I want to give a gift that is more interesting than a gift card, so I need your ideas! [more inside]
posted by blnkfrnk on Mar 29, 2013 - 4 answers

ID these Rubix's cubes (and other puzzles)?

Is there any place on the internet where I can buy Rubix's cube variants and similar, non-cube puzzles? In particular, I'm looking for the silver architectural-looking cube at bottom center, the grabby-hands cube in the top-right corner, and the flat twisty picture-puzzle (two different pictures are possible and the plastic pieces are wired together in a certain way) on the right side of this photo.
posted by serelliya on Mar 17, 2013 - 7 answers

Riddle me this.

Are there the makings of a riddle in Isaiah 22:22? And can you help me come up with a tangible answer to it, just for kicks? [more inside]
posted by egeanin on Mar 11, 2013 - 12 answers

Another iPhone Game Recommendation Request

I'm looking for some light, fairly simple iPhone puzzle-type games, for a 4th-generation iPod Touch running iOS 5.1. [more inside]
posted by still_wears_a_hat on Mar 3, 2013 - 12 answers

What's the name of this online puzzle series?

Help me find a devilishly difficult online puzzle that I had worked on ~4 years ago. Difficultly: I remember a few of the levels and not much about the name. It's not the "Impossible Quiz" flash game. [more inside]
posted by jorlyfish on Dec 23, 2012 - 11 answers

Help finding a unique kind of puzzle

Growing up my parents had a puzzle of an apartment building where every piece was basically the same shape. Four puzzle pieces made up the window to a room, in total there were probably 8 floors of 10 windows each. The challenge was putting the windows in the right order. So for example in one window someone would be throwing out a bucket of water, downstairs the person would remark that it's raining. In another a receptionist would say something like "you want #304, one floor up". [more inside]
posted by 2bucksplus on Dec 8, 2012 - 3 answers

Spread some seasonal mirth

My sister and I have an annual Christmas tradition of making an elaborate treasure hunt, puzzle or game for our family. Need some help brainstorming this year's edition. [more inside]
posted by dontjumplarry on Dec 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Hidden Object, where are you?

Best Hidden Object/Point and Click games out there? [more inside]
posted by Trexsock on Nov 16, 2012 - 12 answers

Find a puzzle book?

I recall really enjoying the book Maze by Christopher Manson when I was young. Are there any books that offer something similar in that they are slightly narrative but built with a critical thinking and/or puzzle goal in mind?
posted by sendai sleep master on Nov 2, 2012 - 14 answers

Puzzling rebus: giving lovers?

RebusFilter: on the left, the word "giving" printed four times in a column. On the right, the word "lover" printed four times in a column. What is the solution? [more inside]
posted by mediated self on Oct 15, 2012 - 46 answers

Help me understand a little logic problem.

Help me understand this. Math/logic puzzle follows... [more inside]
posted by TheHollowSeasThatRoar on Sep 5, 2012 - 6 answers

NYT puzzle. Help.

PuzzleFilter - Must. complete. this week's NYT variety puzzle [PDF]. Help. (Selected answers after the jump) [more inside]
posted by obscurator on Aug 7, 2012 - 7 answers

I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift.

I'm looking for ideas for: puzzles, riddles, problems and scavenger hunt type stuff to incorporate into a gift. [more inside]
posted by jesirose on Jul 19, 2012 - 10 answers

Mystery Puzzles for Grownups

I'm looking for mystery puzzles for adults. [more inside]
posted by joyeuxamelie on Jul 3, 2012 - 9 answers

Best workflow for building crossword grids?

I'm about 95% done with my first NYT-style themed crossword puzzle, currently laid out by hand on graph paper, and I want to start looking at making a digital version of it. What are some good tools or workflow for creating well laid out crossword grids on the computer? [more inside]
posted by OverlappingElvis on Jul 3, 2012 - 6 answers

Identify a computer game in a white environment revealed by shooting a paintball gun

What first-person perspective puzzle game was set in a completely white environment that you revealed by shooting blobs of paint? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on May 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Looking for exploration/immersive puzzle games

I've been a long-time fan of the Myst series, but up until recently with Fez I didn't realize how much I missed atmospheric games based heavily on exploration and worldbuilding-type puzzles. Can anyone recommend more? [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on May 2, 2012 - 17 answers

Can you help me find this puzzle/interactive fiction website?

I'm looking for a website I found years ago that combined prose and pictures to create a series of puzzles, but I do not remember what it was called. The notable thing about it was that it had 12 puzzles, and they are dispensed to you weekly, with a story and master puzzle arcing across all twelve, leaving you with a 3 month interactive experience. Does this ring any bells? [more inside]
posted by shovel_mage on Apr 11, 2012 - 4 answers

Searching for the critical thinking textbook I had in grade school

Please help me find the critical thinking textbook my grade-school class used in the early eighties. [more inside]
posted by hydrophonic on Mar 11, 2012 - 3 answers

What are you, little green thing?

Plant identification filter! What is this plant that's growing in my garden? Do I want it? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Mar 3, 2012 - 10 answers

The mysterious uncredited song

What is the song playing in the gameplay trailer for Cradle?
posted by FatherDagon on Feb 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me reverse-engineer some bitstrings

Hackers of MeFi, assemble! I have an undocumented serial protocol I want to reverse engineer - help me turn some mysterious bit strings into meaningful data. [more inside]
posted by larkery on Jan 19, 2012 - 13 answers

Online games for two players

What's online or email-based games can I play with a 10 year old who I don't see in person? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Jan 18, 2012 - 18 answers

impossible math problem

Help me figure out what is going on in this image. [more inside]
posted by DU on Jan 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Game and Watch

I'm looking for console games that are as much fun to watch as they are to play. [more inside]
posted by murphy slaw on Jan 16, 2012 - 27 answers

Is there anything else like Picross?

Can you recommend some new Nintendo DS puzzle games? [more inside]
posted by Mavri on Dec 24, 2011 - 4 answers

A dilemna about prisoners

In fiction, an adolescent girl is imprisoned, and can only communicate with a mysterious fellow prisoner she's never met. They can only communicate in code, a plausible code that teaches the girl how to encode information into her world's predominant technology. [more inside]
posted by Sunburnt on Dec 15, 2011 - 8 answers

Another Name for Dribble

What is this? My google-fu is failing. I need some keywords! [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Nov 29, 2011 - 5 answers

[spoiler]: use highlighter pen to reveal

how do you emulate a [spoiler] tag on paper? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 12, 2011 - 12 answers

Help me find this puzzle ball game!

Help me find this online flash puzzle game from a few years ago! [more inside]
posted by mikeweeney on Oct 24, 2011 - 4 answers

Anatomy of a Search

What are some good strategies for searching for the image of an old puzzle? I have asked here a few times over the years and come up with nothing, unfortunately. At this point I am ready to brute force it and just look at images of puzzles until I find the image of that puzzle. Previous methodology inside. [more inside]
posted by cashman on Oct 14, 2011 - 3 answers

Non-annoying social gaming?

Is there a (preferably free) online game like Zynga's Adventure World that doesn't require me to hassle my friends for things to move forward? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Sep 30, 2011 - 8 answers

Next step: solve in three dimensions

Calculusfilter. A man is led to the center of a valuable field which he does not own. He coats his feet in blue paint so that his path can be traced. At dawn he begins walking. At a randomly selected time he will be told to stop walking, whereupon he will walk in a perfectly straight line back to the starting point. Then he will be given all the land that has been circumscribed by his blue path. [more inside]
posted by foursentences on Aug 30, 2011 - 89 answers

Jigsaw Puzzle Recommendations?

I am looking for interesting jigsaw puzzles that are not the fine art, landscapes, kittens-inna-basket types I keep finding at the game store. [more inside]
posted by little cow make small moo on Jun 21, 2011 - 23 answers

Are giant steps what you take, walking on The Sun (apologies to The Police)?

Can anyone tell me, well, ANYTHING about a person (hypothetically) standing on the sun? [more inside]
posted by argonauta on May 16, 2011 - 44 answers

cool math-y gifts?

I'm looking for an awesome, tactile, mathy gift for a friend of mine. Suggestions? [more inside]
posted by kaibutsu on May 12, 2011 - 27 answers

Another toy to be abandoned, or fierce time waster?

I have an opportunity to get an new xbox for cheap, and I have a huge (really huge) library of games available for me to borrow from and play for free. If I do go this route, which games should I look at? I'm not really a gamer... [more inside]
posted by cgg on Apr 18, 2011 - 8 answers

Help Us Design a CS + English Puzzle

My friends, a software engineer and a novelist, are getting married. I want to give them a puzzle to solve as a wedding gift that requires the use of both their skills. [more inside]
posted by jewzilla on Apr 17, 2011 - 10 answers

Enigma

What does this mean? It's code some of the kids I work with use on FB. [more inside]
posted by humannaire on Apr 8, 2011 - 9 answers

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