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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So, he's observing the dragnet round his building remotely via computer, and knows he's safe for the moment because he's somewhere else.  Is there more to the puzzle than that?

Observing in some form, ie, online scanner site, online news, or what have you.

Your turn.

This may sound somewhat familiar...

A woman and her young son live alone in the house which they have occupied since he was born.  There is a door in the house which is padlocked shut, and which he has been told he must never open, or their life together will change forever.

One day, while she is out, he finds that the padlock is not fastened.  He opens the door, and discovers something that ruins their life together.

I'm going to assume this is a different puzzle than the one you posted before. 

Does the boy know about the outside world? 

The previous version of this puzzle was posted by MethodEng (not me!) back here on page 104.

Yes, he knows about the outside world.

Randy Jackson said:

I'm going to assume this is a different puzzle than the one you posted before.

Does the boy know about the outside world? 

Does the son's age matter ? 

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Does the son's age matter ? 

Does the door lead to another room in the house? 

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Does the door lead to another room in the house? 

Does he  discover a previously unknown family member?

Hmm, difficult.  No.

MethodEng said:

Does he  discover a previously unknown family member?

Does the door lead outside? 

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