Many years ago, I taught folklore at a summer camp(we had new campers each week of different ages, from 8-15). At the time, the folklore class was pretty unstructured, so I could more or less do as I pleased. Sometimes I told ghost stories, sometimes sports games, sometimes mythology, whatever I thought might be entertaining to the kids. One of the most useful things we did was two minute mysteries, as they allowed me to be lazy.

The basic rules are as follows: a scenario is laid before the people playing, and you're allowed to ask as many yes/no questions as you like to determine the answer. The answer to the question may also be 'Irrelevant' if it has no bearing on the solution.

I request the following :

* One question per post

* If you already know the answer, please keep it to yourself and let others play. Same with Googling the answer.

Once the scenario is solved, the person who solves it gets to post a new one OR they can pass it back to someone else who's interested (FYI, I'm happy to post more).

So here's the first scenario:

A man is found dead, surrounded by 52 bicycles. What happened?

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Yes, but irrelevant 

Peter Wrexham said:

I really have no idea of what's going on in this scenario.  The best I can do is keep asking random questions, and hope something useful turns up.

Does Bob know what Mike looks like without the mask?

Is Bob a fencing instructor teaching Mike? That's why Mike has a mask and Bob doesn't need one.

No

MethodEng said:

Is Bob a fencing instructor teaching Mike? That's why Mike has a mask and Bob doesn't need one.

Thanks again, Randy!

Rob, both of your questions make a certain assumption which might lead you down the wrong path (which is why Randy asked you to rephrase one of them). You are on the right track though. You are pursuing a third line of questioning (in additionto the two I alluded to on Friday) which may lead to the answer.

Are Mike, Bob, and the watcher all human?


Yes (and there's that incorrect assumption again).

Are Mike, Bob, and the watcher all different people?

I realize now that Randy's question was in the past tense. Is the watcher now gone from the situation?

"Are Mike, Bob, and the watcher all different people?"

Yes,

"Is the watcher now gone from the situation?"

No.

The tense is irrelevant. The answer still would have been yes if he had said, "Is anyone watching them?"

(And you are still making a misleading assumption.)



Randy Jackson said:

I'm going to ask you to rephrase the question. 

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Was the person watching Mike & Bob watching in person (as opposed to using a remote monitor of some sort)?



I don't mean to confuse the issue, but when you rephrased this question you dropped what (could be) a key part of it and kept the misleading assumption. Randy's answer to the rephrased question was not incorrect.

Is the watcher watching both Mike and Bob?

Unfortunately  sometimes you get questions during this game that are difficult to answer becthey are partly correct and incorrect at the same time. I apologize if I gave misleading information .


Jeff of Earth-J said:


I don't mean to confuse the issue, but when you rephrased this question you dropped what (could be) a key part of it and kept the misleading assumption. Randy's answer to the rephrased question was not incorrect.

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