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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TIP: there is a quick, methodical way to determine who leaves unaided. Once you have that information, it might be easier to determine why.

Argh!  Is it correct to say that some of the five can tell from the way it is marked that the door is an exit, but some cannot?

No.



Peter Wrexham said:

Argh!  Is it correct to say that some of the five can tell from the way it is marked that the door is an exit, but some cannot?

Okay, I'm definitely having problems with the door!  I was trying to avoid the brute-force approach on whittling down the list of names, but...

Can either Superman or Spider-man leave unaided?

No.

Peter Wrexham said:

Can either Superman or Spider-man leave unaided?

Can either Black Cat or Sailor Moon leave unaided?

Yes.



Peter Wrexham said:

Can either Black Cat or Sailor Moon leave unaided?

Yay!  A little progress!  Can Sailor Moon leave unaided?

No.

Peter Wrexham said:

Yay!  A little progress!  Can Sailor Moon leave unaided?

So, just to make sure: Black Cat can leave unaided, but the other four (Superman, Spider-man, the Imperial Stormtrooper and Sailor Moon) cannot leave unaided.  Is that correct?

Yes.

Peter Wrexham said:

So, just to make sure: Black Cat can leave unaided, but the other four (Superman, Spider-man, the Imperial Stormtrooper and Sailor Moon) cannot leave unaided.  Is that correct?

Let's revisit this question.  Is it the Harvey Comics Black Cat?

JD DeLuzio said:

No.  But one question at a time, or the answer might mislead.

Randy Jackson said:

Is it the Marvel comics Black Cat (As opposed to the Golden Age one) ?

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