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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Was the child an unusually small teenager?

No.

Working out the precise age of the child could take a lot or Yes/No questions, so forgive me if I short-circuit the process.  The child was aged about 5.

Was the child on a float or something similar? 

Was the child on a float or something similar?

No.  (Remember, the child could swim)

Did the child get tangled in anything? 

Did the child get tangled in anything?

Irrelevant.

"A woman is standing up to her waist in the water, 20 yards from the shore..."

This may seem like a silly question but I'm going to ask it anyway just to clarify...

Is the woman standing waist-deep in the water of the lake?

Is the woman standing waist-deep in the water of the lake?

A cunning thought, but...

Yes, she is.

Had the woman looked away from the child just prior to the drowning? 

Had the woman looked away from the child just prior to the drowning?

No.

Did the child's parachute fail to open?

Did the child's parachute fail to open?

Lol!  No.  (Nor did the child's parachute successfully open, to save the need for a follow-up question!)

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