I don't really understand the true meaning of the tag. Its tag info is:

Puzzles where the genre or solving strategy of the puzzle is not explicitly stated; puzzles where the puzzler must deduce what type of puzzle it is.

My interpretation:

  1. There are too many tags I want to put but there's not enough space. I am not listing them out.

  2. There are some suitable tags for this puzzle, but I don't want to state them because I think that would spoil the puzzle.

Can anyone please clear my doubt? Many thanks!


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Neither part of your interpretation quite matches how I think the tag is used in practice, or how I think it should be used.

I take [enigmatic-puzzle] to mean: "The solver's first task, which is a non-trivial puzzle in itself, is to work out what sort of thing they have to do."

For instance, take a look at the highest-rated enigmatic-puzzle at present. The puzzle consists of a couple of highly mysterious images, and some equally mysterious text ... but whatever are you meant to do? Well, there are a couple of things to grab onto, and the first thing you solve leads to another thing, and another leads to another, and gradually the whole truth emerges.

Imagine a version of this that wasn't an [enigmatic-puzzle]. It would need to explain what actual puzzles needed solving and what sort of puzzles they were, and it would be much more straightforward and much less fun.


The tag tells you that the creator didn't clearly tell you what you have to do.
If the tag is absent, the question may look like this:

Don't rotate for everything. Solve the ACROSS/DOWN clue in the red box and fill it into the blue box...
... ...


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