I see and used with a high degree of overlap. Namely, for puzzles which describe a scenario and then ask you to deduce the culprit or cause. To be fair, they do have differing wikis:

  • Detective: "For puzzles that involve solving a crime."
  • Mystery: "A puzzle that involves figuring out what happened with regards to a certain incident."

But in practice, almost any question tagged with one could be tagged with the other.

Based on the wiki descriptions, I propose that should be made into a synonym of , as the wiki descriptions indicate that is a proper subset of .

If you have an opinion and the ability to do so (it requires at least 1250 rep and a score of 5 in the tag), please vote on the proposed synonym.

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    $\begingroup$ I agree with this proposal, because it seems like even if there are distinct differences between [detective] and [mystery] questions, they aren't significant enough to warrant their own tag. $\endgroup$
    – user20
    Dec 8, 2014 at 10:52
  • $\begingroup$ Yes, I have voted pro proposal as well. $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Dec 10, 2014 at 21:14
  • $\begingroup$ I have also proposed a tag synonym that has gotten 0 votes which I don't understand...@Emrakul Do you agree with mine, or haven't seen it? puzzling.stackexchange.com/tags/brainteaser/synonyms (Sorry for the hijacked thread but posting this would be a duplicate, not that it's really that bad lol) $\endgroup$
    – warspyking
    Dec 13, 2014 at 19:46
  • $\begingroup$ @warspyking Because the tag synonym system could use some improvements. It's difficult to find the page; you have to be intentionally looking for it rather than just stumble upon it. And the requirements for voting are pretty high, at least for a beta site. When I edited this post to add the link, the mystery synonym was proposed but had no votes, even though this question got a reasonable amount of attention and upvotes. $\endgroup$ Dec 14, 2014 at 8:39

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It looks like this was done way back in 2014 by Joe Z.

. Case closed, Sherlock.

  • $\begingroup$ (I'm mostly posting this answer in order to get the meta post off the Unanswered list and marked as solved.) $\endgroup$ Aug 27, 2017 at 11:54

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