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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Peter Wrexham said:

Randy, in the judge's statement, does "murderess" refer to the sister?

A woman has incontrovertible proof in court that her husband was murdered by her sister. The judge declares,  "This is the strangest case I've ever seen.  Though it's a cut-and-dried case, this murderess cannot be punished."

Is the murderess dead?


No
Peter Wrexham said:

A woman has incontrovertible proof in court that her husband was murdered by her sister. The judge declares,  "This is the strangest case I've ever seen.  Though it's a cut-and-dried case, this murderess cannot be punished."

Is the murderess dead?

Are the woman and her sister twins?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Are the woman and her sister twins?

Are they conjoined twins?

Yup. You got it JD. You're up. 

JD DeLuzio said:

Are they conjoined twins?

Just in case anyone was wondering, when I asked about them being twins, I had no idea that they were conjoined.  Smart thinking, JD!

Dang! I'll get back to you soon.

Also, I'll be reporting the fact that I'm no longer receiving notifications, for some reason.

Notorious criminal Jackson J. Wrexham sees that the police dragnet is spreading out across his neighbourhood and around his  building. He quietly closes the window and rests, knowing he is safe for now.

Is the police dragnet looking for him?

"Notorious criminal"?  That's no way to talk about my dear old uncle Jack!

Yes.

Peter Wrexham said:

Is the police dragnet looking for him?

"Notorious criminal"?  That's no way to talk about my dear old uncle Jack!

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