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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Did he lose so much money thst he was downgraded to millionaire? 

How to make a small fortune by selling rice at a loss: start with a large fortune.  I think you've probably got the answer, Randy, though we'll have to wait for Rob to confirm it.

Yep, Randy, you've got it! He's a billionaire philanthropist who spends so much money on international food programs that he becomes a millionaire. You're up!

I don't think this will last very long  but I'll give it a go.

A man walks into a restaurant. He orders and eats a bowl of Turtle Soup, then goes home and commits suicide. 

Before going to the restaurant, was he already intending to commit suicide?

I'll sit this one out, as I know the solution.

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Before going to the restaurant, was he already intending to commit suicide?

Has he had some sort of allergic reaction to the soup?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Has he had some sort of allergic reaction to the soup?

I have a vague feeling that I have seen this problem before.  However, I can't remember exactly what the solution was, so I'll keep on asking questions.

Does he commit suicide as a result of having had the soup?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

I have a vague feeling that I have seen this problem before.  However, I can't remember exactly what the solution was, so I'll keep on asking questions.

Does he commit suicide as a result of having had the soup?

Was this the first time he'd ever had Turtle Soup?

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