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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Huh - I thought I was joking with that answer!  Okay, see what you can make of this.

A man wakes up after an evening's heavy drinking to find he's been sleeping on the floor of his bedroom.  He's surrounded by the contents of his nightstand, which he evidently knocked over last night.  There is an eerie glow in the darkness.  He blinks, and the glow resolves itself into the word "HELL".  For a few moments, he stares in horror, then, as he gropes for his glasses, the word changes, and he bursts out laughing.

Is he looking at 11:34 on his alarm, upside-down?

Hmm.  I think I have to say no.

JD DeLuzio said:

Is he looking at 11:34 on his alarm, upside-down?

Is he looking at upside-down numbers?

Yes.

JD DeLuzio said:

Is he looking at upside-down numbers?

Are they on a time-keeping device that was overturned?

Yes.

JD DeLuzio said:

Are they on a time-keeping device that was overturned?

So... he's looking at an overturned timepiece, from his nightstand, and the time, upside-down, looks like "hell."

I am still missing something?

Yes (there's still a minor point from one sentence of the scenario to be dealt with).

JD DeLuzio said:

So... he's looking at an overturned timepiece, from his nightstand, and the time, upside-down, looks like "hell."

I am still missing something?

I don't have any ideas as to what else is needed, sad to say. 

For a few moments, he stares in horror, then, as he gropes for his glasses, the word changes, and he bursts out laughing.

Wait, is it just that the time changes and the "word" no longer looks like "hell"? Time changing strikes me as just being part of a functional clock.

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