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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Had one of the earlier messages that day addressed the issue of the assistant manager?

Okay, based upon what you said Peter, then my question is: "When you finally went through your messages, did you discover that you were already going to get a new assistant, so the anonymously made stress relieving phone call to HR was irrelevant?"

Yes.

JD DeLuzio said:

Had one of the earlier messages that day addressed the issue of the assistant manager?

No (the phone call to HR was relevant).

Lee Houston, Junior said:

Okay, based upon what you said Peter, then my question is: "When you finally went through your messages, did you discover that you were already going to get a new assistant, so the anonymously made stress relieving phone call to HR was irrelevant?"

Did the call lead to a different assistant manager being appointed?

I'm not sure I understand the question: could you rephrase it, please?

JD DeLuzio said:

Did the call lead to a different assistant manager being appointed?

On reflection, I think that this question could be rephrased as something like:

"Did the call [to HR] lead to a different assistant manager being appointed[, other than the one whose appointment had been announced in one of the earlier messages that day]?"

If that is what was meant, there is an incorrect assumption behind the question.

Peter Wrexham said:

I'm not sure I understand the question: could you rephrase it, please?

JD DeLuzio said:

Did the call lead to a different assistant manager being appointed?

Okay, guys.  I'm going to repeat the problem with one tiny addition, and see if that breaks the logjam.

It's been another stressful day at the small company branch office I run, and I haven't even had time to look at today's batch of messages from head office.  I'm overworked and understaffed, spending all my time dealing with one crisis after another.  By early afternoon, things finally quieten down enough for me to dash out to get a sandwich for lunch.  Before I go, I call up head office to enquire about progress on getting the assistant manager they've been promising for months.  No-one is answering in HR, so, frustrated, I leave them a two-word voicemail: "I quit!"

A month later, I'm delighted to have a new assistant manager, Ike, with whose help the work is well under control.

Does the sender work in HR? 

For at least one of the messages from head office, the answer is yes.

Randy Jackson said:

Does the sender work in HR? 

Are the sender and receiver the same person? 

Yes.

Randy Jackson said:

Are the sender and receiver the same person? 

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