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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Yes.

Randy Jackson said:

Is the dead person a relative of the young man? 

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.

Is the dead person the son's father? 

Yes,

Randy Jackson said:

Is the dead person the son's father? 

Did the son know his father was dead before ?

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Did the son know his father was dead before ?

Is there anything else to figure out? 

One minor point.  There is a reason the door is "padlocked" rather than just "locked".

Randy Jackson said:

Is there anything else to figure out? 

Does the padlock require a key? 

Irrelevant.  It doesn't matter whether it uses key, combination, or something else.

Randy Jackson said:

Does the padlock require a key? 

Is the door to another building, like a shed? 

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Is the door to another building, like a shed? 

Was the mother the one who padlocked the door? 

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