The Turtle Soup Game

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

    Yes

    Peter Wrexham said:

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

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    Peter Wrexham

    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?

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    Randy Jackson


    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?