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Best puzzles of 2016 Q1 (January - March)?

This is important. I need you to listen… by Alconja A wonderful construction that mixes visual elements with crossword clues, Vignere keys, ambigrams, and many other ideas. The puzzle is multi-layered ...
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22 votes

Best "Cryptic Clue Chat Chains" (CCCC) Questions

Note: I'm going to have to bend a few rules with this submission. For example, even though it's technically about a single clue, I'd have to at least mention many other clues for reasons that will be ...
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19 votes

Best puzzles of 2015 Q2?

What is a ... Phrase™ ? This is actually a series of puzzles (some of which fall no longer into Q2 but the initial ones do) and I haven't picked a particular one because part of the quality of these ...
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19 votes

Best puzzles of 2016 Q2 (April - June)?

You have prepared. You are determined. You approach the door by Alconja I was quite surprised that this question wasn't the first one posted here. Such a well-done puzzle, both in the visual ...
18 votes

Best puzzles of 2017 Q3 (July - September)?

A puzzle in 140 characters by stacksfiller This puzzle ticks all the boxes that a good multipart/meta puzzle should: Individually interesting sub-parts - in this puzzle there are many micro-puzzles, ...
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18 votes

Best puzzles of 2019 Q2 (April - June)?

How can this shape perfectly cover a cube? by plasticinsect Because, of course, how the heck can this shape perfectly cover a cube??!! It also gets a bonus point with the marvelous answer by Deusovi ...
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17 votes

Best puzzles of 2015 Q3 (July - September)?

A short, brutal riddle by Roland Currently top voted for a reason, this riddle's ironic approach makes for a unique word puzzle and a delightful revelation. At five lines and with each leading to a ...
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17 votes

Best puzzles of 2016 Q2 (April - June)?

The Rube Wordberg Machine by Alconja This puzzle combines a very pleasing visual way of being presented with a good puzzle requiring observation as well as deduction skills and a shot of creativity to ...
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17 votes

Best "Cryptic Clue Chat Chains" (CCCC) Questions

It makes wet god - disgusting! (6) — Deusovi Explanation Description
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16 votes

Puzzle Of The Year 2015!

Others may differ with me, but IMO it does not seem right to compare all puzzles together. For example, how does one compare a complicated number-theory problem with an interesting word puzzle or ...
16 votes

Best puzzles of 2015 Q3 (July - September)?

An overheard gang meeting, a double agent, and a murder by Alconja A brilliant enigmatic puzzle. First of all, it is really well-written and quite funny. It has a sense of mystery. Hints are well-...
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15 votes

Best puzzles of 2014?

Find the letters that complete these five patterns by Matt Malone This is the ultimate misdirection puzzle. The puzzles all make you think that there's an algorithm that you must use to reduce each ...
15 votes

Best puzzles of 2015 Q2?

A hunt for long forgotten treasure ...but beware the pirate's curse! This puzzle does it all. It not only gives a wonderful visual aid that's integral to solving the puzzle, but it also provides ...
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15 votes

Best puzzles of 2016 Q3 (July - September)?

Riddled and Dismembered by Hugh Meyers This one is a perfect example of what a quality riddle looks like. Here are the key reasons for nominating this puzzle: The first reason is, of course, the ...
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14 votes

Best puzzles of 2015 Q2?

Who shall come to the tea party? Trevor Powell took a math/logic puzzle that I might have skipped over on its own and turned it into a masterpiece of puzzle exposition. I encourage everybody to at ...
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14 votes

Best "Cryptic Clue Chat Chains" (CCCC) Questions

Mistake Gates for Jobs? (7) — Sp3000 Explanation Description
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14 votes

Best puzzles of 2019 Q3 (July - September)?

Magic Maze Puzzle, by boboquack I would like to nominate this puzzle (Sep 2019), which gave me one of the best feelings of a job well done when I finally solved it! The puzzle itself is DIFFICULT, and ...
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13 votes

Best puzzles of 2014?

Chaos and Order by MattClarke Easily one of the best visual puzzles on the site. Here's why: There's nothing extraneous in the puzzle, all you see is all you need. The solution is simple enough to ...
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13 votes

Best puzzles of 2016 Q4 (October - December)?

Re-Re-ReCaptcha by Dan Russell Every part of this puzzle was wonderful. The humor in the story, the high-quality presentation, the clues themselves, the trick behind putting the clues together, and ...
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13 votes

Best puzzles of 2019 Q1 (January - March)?

A Missing Symbol for This Logo by athin This was a very clever and amazingly creative puzzle by athin. Also, it was one of the first puzzles I saw on joining this site, and was indeed the best first ...
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12 votes

Puzzle Of The Year 2015!

The Sands of Time by Tryth A very unique visual puzzle that was well outside of the beaten path for PuzzlingSE - it had us all scratching our heads for quite a while, the only gripe I had with it was ...
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12 votes

Best puzzles of 2018 Q2 (April - June)?

Recognizing a Metapuzzle by Deusovi I was of two minds on whether to nominate this one or not, but in the end, I decided I couldn't allow this much effort and puzzle density to go unrecognised. ...
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12 votes

Best puzzles of 2022 Q2 (April - June)

I got ninety-nine problems - so here's another one! by Stiv Lets get one underway, shall we?... This massive meta-puzzle to celebrate Stiv's 100th puzzle on this site is something we should remember. ...
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11 votes

Best puzzles of 2015 Q2?

Treasure hunt 'round the world! (series) I am so thankful that this was not a "semi-interactive puzzle" This series has been very creative with very different questions. It has led the ...
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11 votes

Best puzzles of 2016 Q3 (July - September)?

The brain-curdling eldritch horrors and the third dimension by Avigrail This is a type of puzzle I've never seen on PSE before. On the face of it, it's remarkably physical: given a 3D printer, one ...
11 votes

Best puzzles of 2016 Q3 (July - September)?

REJBÄS - an unfinished flat-pack puzzle by Alconja Not nominated yet? Well, I have to then. And this is not only because I whole-heartedly agree with the comment from IAmInPls This puzzle blew ...
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11 votes

Best puzzles of 2018 Q1 (January - March)?

A mysterious benefactor by Keelhaul A highly-compact but complex puzzle, with several successive steps tightly packed together. As I peeled back the layers, I was seriously impressed by how Keelhaul ...
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11 votes

Best puzzles of 2018 Q1 (January - March)?

Unintelligible Batch of Wingdinglish by "LatchArcheryLeader" I liked this puzzle for several reasons -- the first being the completely unexpected theme from the original unassuming ...
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10 votes

Best puzzles of 2017 Q1 (January - March)?

Miniature Puzzle by stacksfiller So much content was packed into a tiny image here, and the whole thing was immensely satisfying to solve. If you have time and don't mind opening up your image editor ...
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10 votes

Best "Cryptic Clue Chat Chains" (CCCC) Questions

000-ish (5) — Deusovi Explanation Description
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