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 the man push one or both of these people into the lake?

Did the woman get wet after the child started drowning? 

Are the man and the woman the parents of the child?

(Is the woman the mother?)

(Is the man the father?)

Did the man push one or both of these people into the lake?

No and no.

Did the woman get wet after the child started drowning?

Yes

Are the man and the woman the parents of the child?
(Is the woman the mother?)
(Is the man the father?)

Yes, yes and yes.

Was there a lightning strike?

Was there a lightning strike?

No.

Was the child swimming for leisure? 

Was the child swimming for leisure?

Yes.

Could the father not swim? 

Could the father not swim?

Yes!  He couldn't swim.

Had the father been watching the child, then couldn't rescue the child when the child started drowning and had to wait for the mother and she was too late to rescue the child? 

Had the father been watching the child, then couldn't rescue the child when the child started drowning and had to wait for the mother and she was too late to rescue the child?

Yes, more or less.  There's one other vital part of the solution that still hasn't been stated.

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