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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No

JD DeLuzio said:

Does the man suffer from allergies?

Yes

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Did the man die from using in some way whatever it was that was sawed?

Hmm...is everyone stumped ?

Is the thing that was sawed in the room with the dead man?

Yes

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Is the thing that was sawed in the room with the dead man?

Is the man hearing-impaired?

Irrelevant 

JD DeLuzio said:

Is the man hearing-impaired?

Thinking it over, I'm going to change my answer to No. It's not terribly relevant  but I suppose it could affect the outcome.

Randy Jackson said:

Irrelevant 

JD DeLuzio said:

Is the man hearing-impaired?

Did the man have an unfortunate encounter with a lumber saw?

No


JD DeLuzio said:

Did the man have an unfortunate encounter with a lumber saw?

Was he up a wooden ladder that had been partially sawn through?

Did he get hit by a felled tree?

(Which seems odd, but not impossible, given that he's in a residential building).

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