Can you post a puzzle without any hints so that the people find the answer without any help but using their logic only?

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    $\begingroup$ Hi and welcome to Puzzling.SE! I'm afraid that your question may be considered too broad and primarily opinion-based. Why don't you try to be a bit more concrete, like specifying what type of puzzles are your referring to? $\endgroup$
    – dmg
    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:28
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    $\begingroup$ @dmg is right, you have to add more details in your question to be not-broad. Also, I would suggest to discuss about hints and other questions in Meta.Puzzling, not here in Puzzling. $\endgroup$
    – leoll2
    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:44
  • $\begingroup$ @leoll2 I second that. If this is asking about puzzles in general, it's OK here. If it's about what the community wants posted on Puzzling, it belongs in Meta. $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2015 at 11:07
  • $\begingroup$ @EngineerToast Ah, you've read the question that way. For me, it was a question on "puzzles in general" and hence valid on the main site, but I can see that one can as well read the question as "what should I do if ..." in which case it belongs to the MetaSite... I think this proofs the point DMG has made: The question is not well enough phrased.... $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jun 25, 2015 at 12:34

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Purely logical puzzles (which have the tag) can often be solved without any hints, see for instance this puzzle and this one.

"Who am I?" riddles (which have the tag) may also be solvable without any hints, see for instance this puzzle and this one.

Maths puzzles (which have the tag) are very often solvable with no extra information (but with plenty of maths knowledge), see for instance this puzzle and this one.

And that's only puzzles with the three top tags!

Also, hints should be supplementary: it should always be possible (even if hard) to solve the puzzle without looking at spoilertagged hints. So it's definitely OK to post a puzzle without hints at all.


This is indeed a rather broad question, but yes, such puzzles exist. We have a tag for it:
However, not all puzzles tagged like this will fulfil your requirement exactly.

I think the key-question is not necessarily if somebody can solve a puzzle without hints, but if it is clear what the goal is without specifying it. Take the following 'puzzle':

1 + 1 =

Very easy and you don't need hints. But only because you know what your task is, and that is because you pre-knowledge. Things like are of the same category.

However, if you take this pre-knowledge out, your question becomes more interesting and rather philosophically, because why would anybody be interested in solving anything just because seeing it? You don't need any hints to solve a jigsaw puzzle, but again 'putting it together' is only clear because your brain demands a "complete picture". It wouldn't if you're only few weeks old...

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    $\begingroup$ I'm not sure if that's what the OP meant. The question is rather unclear... $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2015 at 9:46
  • $\begingroup$ @randal'thor Yes. Nevetheless I liked the question, as it makes one think about things. (See my edit.) $\endgroup$
    – BmyGuest
    Jun 25, 2015 at 9:57
  • $\begingroup$ It's interesting how a rather crappy question can spawn an interesting philosophical discussion! :-) $\endgroup$ Jun 25, 2015 at 9:59

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