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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Rob, I think you've probably got it!  If so, it's an answer I'd never have guessed.  Perhaps I should put my mind to devising a scenario involving cricket?



Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Is Bob a baseball player on third base, who can't go home because the catcher has the ball?


That's it!

Over to you, Rob!

Ha, at last! Multiple watchers -- I had no idea!

I'm actually swamped this week -- on top of a full work slate, I've got a Tardy Gras party to plan & prep for. So I'll pass for now, if that's OK, and then maybe take up one the next time someone passes. 

I'd offered to post new puzzles if anyone passed, so....

Two men, one big and burly and the other short and thin, enter a bar. They both order identical drinks. The big one gulps his down and leaves; the other sips his slowly, then dies.

Let's start with the obvious question: is the short man's drink poisoned?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Let's start with the obvious question: is the short man's drink poisoned?

Was the tall man's drink poisoned?

Yes

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Was the tall man's drink poisoned?

Did the big man spend the last few years building up an immunity to iocane powder?

Okay, sorry. But before I show myself the door:

Did the big man die shortly after leaving?

No

JD DeLuzio said:

Okay, sorry. But before I show myself the door:

Did the big man die shortly after leaving?

Did the big man vomit his drink up after drinking it?

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