This is the second installment of the Monthly Topic Challenges with topics suggested and voted on here. This month's topic is "IQ Puzzle Parody" (suggested by Stiv) and will span from the 1st of August to the 31st of August. During this period, we will compile the list of relevant questions and post it as an answer to this question.

In the meantime, please go and propose and vote on future challenges!

Everyone have fun, and happy puzzling!

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IQ Puzzle Parody

With frustrating regularity, PSE goes through periods of being overrun by requests for help with IQ questions found online or in interviews - most commonly of the type "Here's a bunch of boxes containing some kind of pattern - what image should go in the last box?" Often these questions are low-effort contributions to the site and highlight the very worst of 'guess what I'm thinking' type corporate exercises...

This is ripe for parody!

I propose a challenge where the user should strive to create a puzzle that resembles one of these IQ puzzles but actually disguises another puzzle or puzzle mechanism altogether. The multiple-box design could, for example, lend itself nicely to puzzles, s or puzzles with another clever component.

There's a world of possibilities here, and the opportunity for some fun at the expense of a widely disliked puzzle type...!


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