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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Peter Wrexham said:

Is the watcher watching both Mike and Bob?



Yes.

“I apologize if I gave misleading information .”

I don’t think you did, and that was certainly not my implication.

“Unfortunately sometimes you get questions during this game that are difficult to answer because they are partly correct and incorrect at the same time.”

Granted. This situation (as you know) is predicated on the listener’s perceptions of certain words (“work” and “home” and “mask”). Rob’s assumption about singular vs. plural (that’s a hint, folks!) was not due to anything you said..

Is there more than one watcher?



Peter Wrexham said:

Is there more than one watcher?



Yes!

Starting a line of questioning that could continue for some time...

Are there more than two watchers?



Peter Wrexham said:

Starting a line of questioning that could continue for some time...

Are there more than two watchers?


Yes.

It's just as well that I didn't assign a name to the watcher, like I did with Bob and Mike!

Are all the watchers in the same room as each other?



Peter Wrexham said:

Are all the watchers in the same room as each other?


Many of them are (depending on how you define "room"), yes (but not necessarily all).

Are Bob and Mike being watched in a theatre/theatre or similar?

"Are Bob and Mike being watched in a theatre/theatre or similar?"

No, not a theater.

Perhaps it's time to revisit this question as well (which Randy asked be rephrased at one point last week).
 
Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

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

The answerss to questions with multiple facets can often be decieving.

It's best to ask two separate questions.

"Are they watching in person?" and "Are they watching remotely?" for example.

Is Bob a baseball player on third base, who can't go home because the catcher has the ball?

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