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.

Randy Jackson said:

Are the person/persons on the other side of the door alive? 

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.

Are there wax figures involved? 

That's an intriguing idea!  Sadly, no.

Randy Jackson said:

Are there wax figures involved? 

Does the son find graves ?

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Does the son find graves ?

Are mother and son human? 

Yes.

Randy Jackson said:

Are mother and son human? 

Does anyone feel they're getting warm?  They're going in the wrong direction.

Are the persons behind the door human? 

No.  (Note that, in an earlier question, you referred to "person/persons", rather than just "persons".)

Randy Jackson said:

Are the persons behind the door human? 

Is there a singular non-human non-living being behind the door? 

Oops!  I was so focussed on the "persons" bit of your previous question that I managed to confuse myself, and said "No" instead of "Yes".  So your latest question is based on a misapprehension that's my fault.

The situation is that there is a singular human (not non-human) non-living being behind the door.

Randy Jackson said:

Is there a singular non-human non-living being behind the door? 

Is the dead person a relative of the young man? 

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