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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Randy Jackson said:

Is the product or service the company makes important? 

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, with whose help the work is well under control.

Did anyone hear the "I quit" message?

Yes.

JD DeLuzio said:

Did anyone hear the "I quit" message?

Did the person who was supposed to receive it hear it?

Yes.

JD DeLuzio said:

Did the person who was supposed to receive it hear it?

Is the receiver married to the sender? 

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Is the receiver married to the sender? 

Did the person who was supposed to receive the message hear it on the same day?

Irrelevant.

JD DeLuzio said:

Did the person who was supposed to receive the message hear it on the same day?

Was the receiver the sender's boss? 

Um.  I'll go for "No", with a side order of "Irrelevant".

Randy Jackson said:

Was the receiver the sender's boss? 

It's gone rather quiet in here.  Let me point out that there is a significant piece of information contained in the first sentence that apparently no-one has noticed.  At least, no-one has mentioned it.

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