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Policy First of all, if all you want is our actual policy then you can find it in this question: Proposed policy on mathematical questions The policy described there is, briefly: A question is off-topic on Puzzling if it is routine. This means that the question can be answered by following a standard procedure. Other related considerations: is the ...


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Below is a list of all puzzles posted as part of the Puzzling Advent Calendar 2021: La laa laaaaaa laa la Christmas by Stiv A Christmas Tree for broke Nerds by Lukas Rotter Tentai Show by Jafe Decorating with Ingrid Deduction by Jeremy Dover Christmas Shopping by Lypyrhythm Naughty or Nice? by Lukas Rotter Don't forget the lyrics! by Stiv At the end of the ...


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Definition Resolution by noneuclideanisms This puzzle hardly flew under the radar, since both the puzzle and the solution were both very well received...indeed, it tops the "most popular" list selected algorithmically. And rightly so. It has an enigmatic presentation, but is approachable. The differing fonts of the words in the puzzle tantalized, ...


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Restricted Title: xkcd 1xxx See this FTC, which dealt with the first 1000 xkcd comics Usually the title is decided upon later in the puzzle creation process, chosen to be fitting and often to provide a hint/reference. Here we're going to go the other way. Below is a list of the titles for xkcd comics 1000-1999, filtered down to those titles which are a valid ...


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On-and-onograms Create a puzzle where the first step is a nonogram whose solution reveals further steps that must be taken. Crucially, the full puzzle is entirely self-contained within the nonogram and flavour text. (i.e. Not just using a nonogram as the first step in a long string of grid-deduction puzzles which require additional grids to be displayed in ...


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Prove that $\pi$ is greater then 3 by Florian F To me this is an example of great mathematical elegance. It seems obvious that such a geometric proof is possible but actually finding a cut of the three squares is still non trivial. Both highly upvoted answers are excellent. One can easily run into some messy algebra to see whether a proposed solution ...


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Decipher this message for instructions to decipher this message by SlowMagic This was a wonder. It must have took time to find words with the same restrictions as the puzzle needed. The way it was solved, by working backwards, kind of gives everyone the feeling that the answer needs to be known before you can solve it. The comment in M Oehm's beautifully ...


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pencil-and-paper-games Throwing a purely tag-based one in... Games meant to be played with a pencil and paper tend to be simple little time wasters. But that doesn't mean they can't be incorporated into puzzles in interesting ways! Their very simplicity means puzzles with them can still be easily understandable/accessible even if a little more complex. This ...


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