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:

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) ?

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?

Is the Black Cat of the question a comics character?

No.

Peter Wrexham said:

 

Is the Black Cat of the question a comics character?

Is the Black Cat an animal? 

Yes.

Randy Jackson said:

Is the Black Cat an animal? 

Readers have probably assumed that Superman is the DC character, Spider-man is the Marvel character, the Imperial Stormtrooper is from the Star Wars franchise, and Sailor Moon is the manga character.  Are any of these assumptions correct?

Yes.

Peter Wrexham said:

Readers have probably assumed that Superman is the DC character, Spider-man is the Marvel character, the Imperial Stormtrooper is from the Star Wars franchise, and Sailor Moon is the manga character.  Are any of these assumptions correct?

Do the records hold any importance? 

No.

(They're an implied form of torture. But guys of an older generation mocking Dan HIll's 70s oeuvre is kind of a Canadian thing. I know it penetrated at least some states near the border. The solution would be exactly the same without the records and the lead-lined box, which contains an old-style record player)

Randy Jackson said:

Do the records hold any importance? 

Darn, I was hoping for a "No".  Are all those assumptions correct?

Yes.

However (in the interests of speeding things along), you may be making an assumption of your own.

Peter Wrexham said:

Darn, I was hoping for a "No".  Are all those assumptions correct?

Are they (Superman, Spider-man etc) the actual people normally meant by those names/titles?

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