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What are the best, most fun puzzle mysteries?

I'm on the hunt for puzzle mysteries, any art form, any style. Details within. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on May 9, 2014 - 18 answers

Need a new coffee table

Help me find a coffee table along the lines of Geek Chic, but on the cheap (or at least cheaper). [more inside]
posted by PaperDragon on Apr 8, 2014 - 2 answers

Custom-made jigsaw puzzles NOT from a photo?

I'd like to order a custom-made jigsaw puzzle made from a map of my neighborhood, with specific addresses marked. How to do this so that it comes out clear and awesome and not faint and blurry? [more inside]
posted by Ollie on Feb 5, 2014 - 7 answers

Table top brainteaser puzzles

Where can I find more good ideas for brainteaser puzzles like these? [more inside]
posted by klausman on Jan 17, 2014 - 3 answers

iPad puzzles and games for a 20-month-old

Flying in the face of scientists' warnings, my wife and I allow our child to play with the iPad from time to time. She's outgrown most of the apps she previously played with -- does anyone have any recommendations for good puzzle, games, and educational apps that would be age-appropriate and interesting for a twenty-month-old? Thanks.
posted by gerryblog on Dec 6, 2013 - 11 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

Gift ideas: puzzle, game, or other.

Looking for a gift for my father, who loved the Tetris Cube puzzle, but is the kind of guy to get himself whatever he wants. So, I'm trying to be thoughtful and creative. [more inside]
posted by little_dog_laughing on Nov 11, 2013 - 7 answers

Seeking pretty, engaging games with no violence.

Need non-violent game recommendations. Have Xbox 360 (never used), a badass PC, and iPad. Like pretty, detailed environments, exploration, puzzles/deduction, mystery, adventure. Dislike all but the most very mild violence, and also not very good with things that are time-sensitive (like having to do things very, very quickly or have a good reaction time to succeed). Many years ago in the mid-late '90s I enjoyed Myst/Riven, The 7th Guest, Zork Nemesis, the X-Files game, the Titanic game, and a couple other exploring worlds/figuring things out things that I can't remember the names of. [more inside]
posted by rabbitrabbit on Aug 16, 2013 - 48 answers

Best printable crossword puzzles?

My partner and I really like doing crosswords together when we're on vacation and have easy access to a newspaper. We don't get a paper delivered at home, so I'm looking for some online sources. She's a dyed in the wool, pen and paper crossword doer though, so I'd like to find some printable ones to work through together. I'm having trouble finding just the right source though. We're probably in the middle range of the spectrum as far as difficulty goes. The NYT Sunday Crossword is a little too tough, but the People Magazine one is boringly easy. [more inside]
posted by Sweetchrysanthemum on Jul 20, 2013 - 19 answers

Traveling the Sherlock Way

I have the first week of June to travel, now in need of suggestions as to a place that might fit my strange requirements. [more inside]
posted by tooloudinhere on May 15, 2013 - 10 answers

What are some good, non-battery-draining iPhone/iPod Touch games?

I'll be on three flights in the next 11 days, and although I'd like to sleep through every flight, I doubt that'll happen. I have an iPhone 4 and a 3rd-gen iPod Touch at my disposal, so I'd like to throw some new, non-battery-killing games on them before I go. [more inside]
posted by rachaelfaith on Jan 8, 2013 - 14 answers

Fun for the whole family, Christmas edition.

Gift-filter: What are your best gift ideas for a family of 5 adults? [more inside]
posted by karminai on Nov 29, 2012 - 14 answers

Riddle me this.

I need riddles and puzzles for a bright bunch of high school students. Like the ones below that they taught me... [more inside]
posted by robotot on Oct 30, 2012 - 16 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

Puzzles and printables to send a sick kid.

Cool puzzles, illusions and whatever else you think would entertain a very bright 9 year old boy who is going to be spending the next number of weeks in hospital. Printable would be a bonus. [more inside]
posted by therubettes on Feb 7, 2012 - 12 answers

There must be a puzzle of a forest and a lake out there somewhere!

I need to find a jigsaw puzzle featuring a Hudson River School artist! [more inside]
posted by silverstatue on Nov 14, 2011 - 6 answers

I need some really difficult riddles, puzzles, and logic challenges.

Co-workers of mine insist on posting little brain teasers and such all around the office: riddles, mazes, jumbles, crosswords, etc. Help me find remarkably difficult (but possible) puzzles that I can use to troll them. Bonus points if they look, at first glance, relatively simple.
posted by Plutor on Nov 3, 2011 - 16 answers

Can doing mental puzzles, riddles problems actually make us smarter or does it just make us more nimble with whatever smarts we already have?

Can doing mental puzzles, riddles problems actually make us smarter or does it just make us more nimble with whatever smarts we already have? [more inside]
posted by Senor Cardgage on Oct 29, 2011 - 12 answers

Point me to these puzzles, please!

Does anyone know of puzzle magazines or books that are exclusively Pencil Pointers? It's that game in Games magazine that has the clues written into the puzzle itself. Like this: [more inside]
posted by lirael2008 on Sep 2, 2011 - 7 answers

What are some 3D puzzles?

What are some activities that exercise visual or structural type thinking? Something to do with science, technology, or 3-dimensions preferred. I'm looking for puzzles, hobbies, or other activities that might be performed through an actual job that I'm just not aware of. As examples, auto-mechanics classes and memorizing anatomy books immediately comes to mind.
posted by Giggilituffin on Aug 4, 2011 - 9 answers

Made to order jigsaw puzzles?

Where can I get a custom photo jigsaw puzzle made? The catch: The "photo" file would be an image from X-Men. [more inside]
posted by amillionbillion on Jul 20, 2011 - 5 answers

Game/puzzle suggestions please! I like unravelling things, solving a mystery or puzzle backwards.

Game/puzzle suggestions please! I like unravelling things, solving a mystery or puzzle backwards. [more inside]
posted by belau on Jun 5, 2011 - 18 answers

How do I get better at cryptic crosswords?

I want to get better at cryptic crosswords! [more inside]
posted by BigCalm on Mar 3, 2011 - 12 answers

Bar Hopping Puzzle Hunt Ideas

I'm planning a bachelor party in a few months. As a surprise for the "bar hopping" part of the evening, we plan to have a puzzle/scavenger hunt from bar to bar. Starting at our dinner location, there will be some puzzle or task that the bachelor has to perform to figure out where to go next (and maybe what to do there). For example: At one bar, he will have to try to buy a drink with Monopoly money. The bartender will know to give him his drink and also an envelope full of scrabble tiles, which he then has to unscramble into a name of another bar and.. well.. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 18, 2011 - 7 answers

I'm not a 12-year-old boy -- So walk me through Nintendo DS Lite?

I think I want a Nintendo DS Lite, but I'm totally ignorant. → I'm in Greece ←, and don't want to spend the money (this money, it is tight) only to find out that it was a bad choice for me in terms of game level and types of games, acquisition of games, country specific restrictions, and if the one I have my eye on (via EBay) is the right choice. Can you hold my hand? [more inside]
posted by taz on Feb 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Geocache puzzle?

Suggestions for geocache puzzle? [more inside]
posted by Sissinghurst on Feb 6, 2011 - 7 answers

Is there a good introduction to puzzle logic out there?

I recently read through the Problem Sleuth section of MS Paint Adventures and loved it to pieces. However, it reminded me that the kind of logic employed in adventure game puzzles has always flustered me. Are there any good resources that pull back the curtain on how these kinds of logic/linear thinking puzzles are constructed? I've seen or played loads of examples, but never seen anything that really breaks them down into their components.
posted by Lentrohamsanin on Jan 14, 2011 - 4 answers

Can anyone remember the name of a puzzle game I played via a yahoo group in the early 2000s?

Can anyone remember the name of a puzzle game I played via a yahoo group in the early 2000s? Every week, they'd send a logic-type puzzle that was part of a larger mystery. I never solved the last two, and I wish I had. I'd love to give it another shot if this game is still online somewhere. [more inside]
posted by lesli212 on Dec 1, 2010 - 3 answers

Trying to remember the title of a 3D spherical labyrinth game

For fans of the The Nemesis Factor and other complex physical puzzles: I'm trying to remember the name of a now out of print 3D spherical labyrinth. As I remember, the puzzle consisted of a clear globe, inside of which was a complicated three dimensional maze composed of slides and structures and other structures, through which the player would navigate a little metal ball. Any thoughts? [more inside]
posted by tweebiscuit on Nov 27, 2010 - 5 answers

My clients sooo like me the BEST...

Group Activities, Games, and Challenges for Adults? (who don't respond well to hokey or woo-woo stuff) That require using teamwork and brainwork? And don't need a lot of money or materials? [more inside]
posted by elleyebeebeewhy on Sep 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Making math fun!

Calling all math lovers! Great mathematics toys/gifts for adults? [more inside]
posted by gilsonal on Sep 7, 2010 - 24 answers

Online Wooden Puzzle Manufacturer

What is the best online store for uploading photos to have made into wooden puzzles? [more inside]
posted by Hesychia on Sep 7, 2010 - 3 answers

Is there an app for this?

iPhone owners: Please help me balance a puzzle game I'm writing! [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Jun 13, 2010 - 16 answers

Help me solve puzzles

Any guides on what to look for when solving puzzles? [more inside]
posted by thesailor on May 19, 2010 - 1 answer

Who's the big enigmatic private dick who's a puzzle machine to all the chicks?

According to this PDF (previously on the Blue), in 1934, Martin Gardner said in an interview that (prior to himself) the only puzzle collector he'd ever heard of was fictitious, a detective character "in a series of short stories that ran many years ago in one of the popular mystery magazines." Who was the character (and author)? [more inside]
posted by Zed on May 6, 2010 - 8 answers

Non-fluoro, 20th C World Map?

Help! I would like to do a jigsaw puzzle that has the side benefit of educating me about world geography. Where can I order a world map puzzle with an image that is neither c. 1600, nor cartoonish-looking in lurid colours? [more inside]
posted by Weng on May 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Help me figure out this puzzle

I have in mind a particular sort of puzzle. The problem is, I don't know if it a physical puzzle or mathematical or something else. I can only describe the general concept and it feels like it's on the tip of my brain. [more inside]
posted by resiny on May 3, 2010 - 8 answers

Puzzles for n00b Programmers.

I'm looking for puzzles for novice programmers similar to The FizzBuzz Question. [more inside]
posted by lekvar on Mar 19, 2010 - 19 answers

Treasure hunt. No pirates allowed.

TreasureHuntFilter: looking for devilishly puzzling clues for a grown-up birthday treasure hunt. [more inside]
posted by aint broke on Mar 19, 2010 - 13 answers

Adventurous Quests

My boyfriend has been playing Psychonauts for the past couple of weeks and I like the concept of different worlds with different challenges, skills, and puzzles. I also enjoyed playing Myst. What other adventurous quests are there? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Feb 19, 2010 - 31 answers

What is the next step of this Kenken?

What is the next step of this Kenken? [more inside]
posted by johnofjack on Jan 30, 2010 - 23 answers

Help! I'm running out of games!

Please recommend some great puzzle/adventure/escape browser games! [more inside]
posted by sentient on Jan 29, 2010 - 6 answers

Music listening as puzzle solving

Nick Hornby wrote an essay p15 where he compares listening to a new song over and over to figuring out a puzzle. Can you point me towards any other writing about this same idea? [more inside]
posted by martinX's bellbottoms on Oct 9, 2009 - 6 answers

How do you solve this puzzle?

Please help me understand how to duplicate the solution to this puzzle: What is the largest amount of postage you cannot make exactly with 7- and 11-cent stamps? (Spoiler inside, so don't look if you want to figure it out yourself - I have the solution but would like to learn how it was solved.) [more inside]
posted by widdershins on Sep 17, 2009 - 5 answers

They have hands!

Can you suggest some food-filled puzzles to give my backyard tribe of raccoons? [more inside]
posted by Netzapper on Aug 19, 2009 - 14 answers

Help me make my boyfriend's birthday awesome with fiendishly delightful present wrapping and delivery!

It's my boyfriend's birthday soon, and I want to make the present giving AWESOME! Have already purchased presents and booked flights to be with him. Am organising special birthday meals for him, and a couple of activities too, so most of the day is pretty much sorted. But I really really want the present giving/opening experience in particular to be super fun for him. I'm thinking along the lines of a treasure hunt with clues so he has to hunt for the presents... Or wrapping the presents in a giant box and painting it like a cake with sparklers on top! Or multiple layers of wrapping disguising the present...Or, um, something else. But I don't know what exactly. I just want to make it a completely excellent fun surprise for him. [more inside]
posted by t0astie on Jul 21, 2009 - 10 answers

Sudoku masters, what are your favorite challenging sudoku books?

PuzzleFilter: What books would you recommend for a sudoku addict who's already worked through a "fiendish"/"super fiendish" sudoku collection and would like to try more challenging puzzles? There seem to be a zillion sudoku books that are available. Please help me narrow down the selection, based on a few other things I'm looking for... [more inside]
posted by macguffin on Apr 30, 2009 - 11 answers

Space Moose/Old 7 the Baffler

Old 7 the Baffler and Space Moose: was the answer ever revealed? [more inside]
posted by UrineSoakedRube on Apr 8, 2009 - 6 answers

Fixxed by James F. Fixx

Can you make the equation true by moving only one match? [more inside]
posted by fantasticninety on Apr 7, 2009 - 11 answers

Simple, fun, online two-player games?

Can you recommend some simple, fun, online two-player games suitable for two people chatting over a webcam? [more inside]
posted by Robot Johnny on Feb 4, 2009 - 18 answers

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