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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Is the man at his home wearing some kind of HAZMAT mask?

Jeff of Earth-J said:

There is a man at work who will not go home because there is a man with a mask waiting for him.

Why won’t the man go home?

"Is the man at his home wearing some kind of HAZMAT mask?"

No.

Would you go home if you knew there was a man with a mask waiting for you?

"Would you go home if you knew there was a man with a mask waiting for you?"

I wondered that myself, JD!

To make it easier to phrase my question, let's call the man who will not go home "Bob", and the man with a mask "Mike".  Is Mike waiting at Bob's home?

"Would you go home if you knew there was a man with a mask waiting for you?"

Okay, let's say, "What, specifically, is the situation?"

"Is Mike waiting at Bob's home?"

No.

I know this one so I'll sit out. 

Is Bob working on a job for Mike?



Peter Wrexham said:

Is Bob working on a job for Mike?


No.

Does the mask have any function other than (possibly - I can ask about that later, if necessary) disguising Mike's face?

Is the man waiting for him a surgeon who will be operating on him later?

Is Mike (the man with the mask) waiting for Bob at Bob's workplace?



Peter Wrexham said:

Does the mask have any function other than (possibly - I can ask about that later, if necessary) disguising Mike's face?

Yes, it has a function (that is not to disguise his face).

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