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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Is the Stormtrooper armed? 

In a five-cornered room in Port Townsend, the supervillain Red Velvet has placed the following five, one in each corner: Superman, Spider-man, Black Cat, an Imperial Stormtrooper, and Sailor Moon.  A lead-lined box and a couple of Dan Hill records from the 70s sit in the center of the room.  A large, open door is the only escape.  It is clearly marked as an exit.  Who escapes unaided, and why?

Has the supervillain Red Velvet appeared anywhere else that we're likely to know before their role in this puzzle?

Irrelevant.

Randy Jackson said:

Is the Stormtrooper armed? 

I do not know what you're likely to know. amend your question as I have below, and the answer is yes.

Peter Wrexham said:

 

Has the supervillain Red Velvet appeared anywhere else that we're likely to know before their role in this puzzle?

Would it be helpful in solving the puzzle to find out more about Red Velvet's other appearances?

Does someone escape by retiring? 

Yes.

Possibly but not necessary.

Peter Wrexham said:

Would it be helpful in solving the puzzle to find out more about Red Velvet's other appearances?

No.

Unless you mean, "retire from the room."

Randy Jackson said:

Does someone escape by retiring? 

The door "is clearly marked as an exit".  Is it marked in a way understood by each one of the five (Superman, Spider-man, Black Cat, Stormtrooper and Sailor Moon)?

No.

Peter Wrexham said:

The door "is clearly marked as an exit".  Is it marked in a way understood by each one of the five (Superman, Spider-man, Black Cat, Stormtrooper and Sailor Moon)?

Is it marked in a language that only one of them can read & understand?

No.

Peter Wrexham said:

Is it marked in a language that only one of them can read & understand?

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