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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Are Beulah and Craig both the same species?

Hmm...I'll say yes. 

Peter Wrexham said:

Are Beulah and Craig both the same species?

"Hmm...I'll say yes."

Not just "Yes"?  Interesting...

Are they birds?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

"Hmm...I'll say yes."

Not just "Yes"?  Interesting...

Are they birds?

Did they die of the same cause?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Did they die of the same cause?

Were they living creatures in the conventional, organic sense?

No

JD DeLuzio said:

Were they living creatures in the conventional, organic sense?

Were they some form of flying machine?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Were they some form of flying machine?

The names are a clue, I think.  Craig died before hitting land, and so didn't cause the damage and loss of life that Beulah did

Are they tornadoes, or similar named weather patterns?

Dang. Beat me to it. I was just about to ask if they were hurricanes or tropical storms.

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