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

Peter Wrexham said:

Since the answer isn't what I thought, I guess I'm back in the game.  Did the dead man saw through his own wooden leg?

Okay. Given the course of these games, I'm gonna try again.

Was the man deaf and didn't see the active saw?

No

Lee Houston, Junior said:

Okay. Given the course of these games, I'm gonna try again.

Was the man deaf and didn't see the active saw?

Did someone saw through the dead man's wooden leg?

I was thinking of that scene in "Horsefeathers" wherein Chico & Harpo saw a circle in the floor and land on, IIRC, a party.

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Did someone saw through the dead man's wooden leg?

Did he die from a fall?

Yes

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Did he die from a fall?

Did someone saw through the dead man's wooden leg with the intention of harming him?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Did someone saw through the dead man's wooden leg with the intention of harming him?

Was he asleep, and therefore not wearing the wooden leg when it was (partially) sawn through?  On waking up, he put the leg on without noticing the sawdust (which would have warned him to beware), and died of the fall when the leg broke.

No. You're extremely close, but there's an element that's missing. 

Peter Wrexham said:

Was he asleep, and therefore not wearing the wooden leg when it was (partially) sawn through?  On waking up, he put the leg on without noticing the sawdust (which would have warned him to beware), and died of the fall when the leg broke.

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