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Are computed answers on-topic?

This is one of those "yes, with a but/no, with an if" type scenarios... Further, I'm not sure that any of this is formally codified, and beyond the first bullet point is largely based on my ...
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Are puzzles with the correct answer being "unknowable" allowed?

These sorts of questions are explicitly off topic, since they have no answer. From the context of this website (and probably most reasonable people) a "meta-answer" is not an answer to a ...
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Is magic (as in tricks and performances) allowed in Puzzling.SE?

There is no site in the network which currently accepts these question, as e.g. indicated in this Meta Stack Exchange question: Candidate SE site for asking about AGT Magics tricks. An Area 51 ...
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Are counting problems on topic?

Yes, combinatorics is on-topic. Counting problems are essentially combinatorics, and this is just as much on-topic as other kinds of mathematics. You can browse the linked tag to see what kind of ...
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Are functional-equation problems on topic?

Functional equations should not, in general, be on topic As a former math Olympian myself, I say this for several reasons. Not all Olympiad questions should be on topic. While numerous Olympiad ...
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Are functional-equation problems on topic?

They are a subset of mathematics and should be treated as such. In other words, the answer to "are functional equation problems on-topic" is the same as the answer to "are maths ...
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Are questions about solution uniqueness or construction on topic?

Questions about puzzles are absolutely on topic here, even though as you say most questions are themselves puzzles. I suspect that in many cases there isn't much to say other than "some puzzles have ...
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Are counting problems on topic?

Let me quote this high-scoring answer by @xnor on Are math-textbook-style problems on topic?: So, what makes something a math puzzle rather than math problem? I think there's a few features. Clever ...
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Is Puzzling SE the place for pub quizzes?

A question is on topic here if it is (1) a puzzle, or (2) about puzzles. (There are various other specific constraints -- e.g., we don't take questions that are from currently running competitive ...
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Anagrams: From Off-topic to On-topic

There are two major problems that caused your question to be closed: Problem 1: What is a "common noun"? What is a word? There are lots of different things that may or may not be words. ...
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