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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I hope you don't mind if I goose things a little. 

Was anyone watching Mike and Bob? 

"I hope you don't mind if I goose things a little."

No, I was little surprised there were no further questions since yesterday.

"Was anyone watching Mike and Bob?"

Yes.

I am getting ready to log off for the day and I won’t be back online until Monday. I would like to call on Randy again to field questions over the weekend so as to keep the game moving. I will say that there are two lines of questioning which will lead to the correct solution.

Was the person watching Mike & Bob watching in person (as opposed to using a remote monitor of some sort)?

I'm going to ask you to rephrase the question. 

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Was the person watching Mike & Bob watching in person (as opposed to using a remote monitor of some sort)?

Was the person watching Mike & Bob in the room with one or both of them?

Does Bob know that he's being watched?

Hmm. .. Yes

Rob Staeger (Grodd Mod) said:

Was the person watching Mike & Bob in the room with one or both of them?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Does Bob know that he's being watched?

Is Bob unwilling to go home because he's being watched?

Hmm... No

Peter Wrexham said:

Is Bob unwilling to go home because he's being watched?

I really have no idea of what's going on in this scenario.  The best I can do is keep asking random questions, and hope something useful turns up.

Does Bob know what Mike looks like without the mask?

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