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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In the middle of the ocean is a yacht. Several corpses are floating in the water nearby.

Are they corpses of sea-creatures?

No

JD DeLuzio said:

Are they corpses of sea-creatures?

Are they human corpses?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Are they human corpses?

I don't suppose they were blown overboard by Hurricane Craig?


Peter Wrexham said:

I don't suppose they were blown overboard by Hurricane Craig?

Along with 52 bicycles?

Okay, serious question:

Is anyone left on board the yacht?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

I don't suppose they were blown overboard by Hurricane Craig?

No


JD DeLuzio said:


Peter Wrexham said:

I don't suppose they were blown overboard by Hurricane Craig?

Along with 52 bicycles?

Okay, serious question:

Is anyone left on board the yacht?

Are there any other boats in the vicinity?

Planes?

Submarines?

No. 

No. 

No. 

Jeff of Earth-J said:

Are there any other boats in the vicinity?

Planes?

Submarines?

Did the corpses die by drowning?

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