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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Hmm... I have to say yes. 

Peter Wrexham said:

Is the question "what follows this in The Star-Spangled Banner?"

Randy Jackson said:

Within this context, it could be construed as one.

Peter Wrexham said:

Is Tim's statement ("the terror of flight") a question?

Is this Q&A trying to determine whether Greg's an American?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Is this Q&A trying to determine whether Greg's an American?

Is Greg claiming not to be American?

Yes


JD DeLuzio said:

Is Greg claiming not to be American?

-Is Greg revealed here to be an enemy agent?

-Is Greg being blamed for the errors currently occurring when logging into the Captain Comics site?

Enemy agent, yes. 

JD DeLuzio said:

-Is Greg revealed here to be an enemy agent?

-Is Greg being blamed for the errors currently occurring when logging into the Captain Comics site?

You're getting closer. 

Is Greg's knowledge of the verse taken as evidence that he is American?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Is Greg's knowledge of the verse taken as evidence that he is American?

In the UK, no-one* knows any verses of "God save the Queen" after the first one, so I wonder if the situation is similar in the US.  Is Greg's knowledge of the verse taken as evidence that he's not American?

* (slight) exaggeration for comic effect.

That's it! You got it. 

Greg's knowledge of a more of less obscure verse of the Stat Spangled Banner was an indication that he'd spent a little too much time studying American culture.

You're up Peter. 

Peter Wrexham said:

In the UK, no-one* knows any verses of "God save the Queen" after the first one, so I wonder if the situation is similar in the US.  Is Greg's knowledge of the verse taken as evidence that he's not American?

* (slight) exaggeration for comic effect.

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