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 is it that he sees outside and sees other people for the first time?

Yes! That's basically the answer.

The door he had been told never to open is the door of the room he's spent his entire life in. So when he opens it he's not ENTERING another room but a corridor. At the end of which is a window through which he sees the outside world for the first time.

Over to you.


JD DeLuzio said:

So is it that he sees outside and sees other people for the first time?

I got hung up on a matter of terminology, thinking that the term "room" included indoor spaces like hallways and corridors.  They are distinctly different though, now I think about it.  One place I lived was a set of three rooms that opened off a tiny square hall, which in turn opened off a long corridor with other sets of rooms along it.  I'd never have referred to either the hall or the corridor as "a room", so there's no excuse for my confusion here!

I guess that the room in which the boy has lived his entire life has no functioning windows.  If there are any windows, they're either bricked up, or painted over, or have fixed exterior shutters.

I saw what you were sticking on but didn't know how to point you in the right direction with just yes no answers. The puzzle I guess defines a room as somewhere you would spend time and a corridor as something that connects rooms. Sorry if I mislead you.

Peter Wrexham said:

I got hung up on a matter of terminology, thinking that the term "room" included indoor spaces like hallways and corridors.  They are distinctly different though, now I think about it.  One place I lived was a set of three rooms that opened off a tiny square hall, which in turn opened off a long corridor with other sets of rooms along it.  I'd never have referred to either the hall or the corridor as "a room", so there's no excuse for my confusion here!

I guess that the room in which the boy has lived his entire life has no functioning windows.  If there are any windows, they're either bricked up, or painted over, or have fixed exterior shutters.

I'm having trouble right now thinking of/finding any that aren't:

-obvious

-unfairly arbitrary

-riffs on what we've done before

So:

A guy steps onto public transit. He shows them a small card he has purchased. The transit people allow him on.

What did he show them?

Is he showing a transit pass? 

It is, indeed, a PASS.

Your turn.

Randy Jackson said:

Is he showing a transit pass? 

I think this one should be good, so I'm sure someone will guess it right away:

Tim and Greg were talking. Tim said "The terror of flight". Greg said "The gloom of the grave".
Greg was arrested.

Were they talking to each other?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Were they talking to each other?

Are they speaking in code?

Yes

JD DeLuzio said:

Are they speaking in code?

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