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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I got this one from an snime:

A writer misses his deadline, but nit only does he not get into any trouble but his editors thank him

That has happened to me before, so my question is:

Was it for a project that the writer didn't know had been canceled?

Is the SNIME you got it from the Société Normande d'Installation et de Maintenance Électrique?

Randy Jackson said:

I got this one from an snime:

A writer misses his deadline, but nit only does he not get into any trouble but his editors thank him

No

Lee Houston, Junior said:

That has happened to me before, so my question is:

Was it for a project that the writer didn't know had been canceled?

No. And I thought I typed "anime". My bad. 

JD DeLuzio said:

Is the SNIME you got it from the Société Normande d'Installation et de Maintenance Électrique?

Randy Jackson said:

I got this one from an snime:

A writer misses his deadline, but nit only does he not get into any trouble but his editors thank him

Do the editors thank the writer for missing his deadline?

To Peter: Not any I've ever dealt with.

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Do the editors thank the writer for missing his deadline?

Is the deadline for a piece of writing?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Is the deadline for a piece of writing?

Does "deadline" in this question refer to the date/time when something is due?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Does "deadline" in this question refer to the date/time when something is due?

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