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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I suspect a lot of us will have to excuse ourselves from answering this one.

Lee Houston, Junior said:

Me again? Okay...

A man walks into a bar...

Just kidding folks!

A father and son are coming home from an outing when they get into a serious car accident.

Rushed by ambulance to the hospital, the Emergency Room's attending physician takes one look at them and yells,"Get another doctor in here STAT! I can't treat my own son!"

How is this possible?

There are at least 2 answers that I'm aware of, so the first viable response will be declared the winner.

I'll understand if that happens JD, but this was the best I could come up with on short notice.

Should we call this one a draw and let someone else pose something more challenging?

I've also encountered this one before, many years ago.  At the time, only one answer was given, but today there's a fairly obvious alternative explanation.

Like I said, it was spur of the moment, but I'll abide by whatever decision the group makes.

I know this one, so I'll sit out 

Okay. In all fairness, I'll post a new poser, but the viable answers to the previous one was that the ER doctor on duty was either the boy's mother or one of the father's parents.

So here's a NEW ENIGMA, now that I've actually had time to contemplate one.

Police were called to the scene of an apparent suicide. A man laid on the floor of his apartment with a gun in one hand and a tape recorder in the other.

When they pressed play, the authorities heard him claim he had nothing left to live for before the gun shot that ended his life.

With that, the police immediately started a murder investigation.

WHY?

Lee Houston, Junior said:

the viable answers to the previous one was that the ER doctor on duty was either the boy's mother or one of the father's parents.

Or that the injured son had two fathers.

Was it because a dead man would not have turned off the tape recorder and rewound it after shooting himself?

I used to have a book for writers on details relating to writing death, murder investigations, and suchlike. Some of the tips were things that I would not have known, and pointed in the direction of possible research. It also including information that was a little unnecessary. The list on distinguishing between homicide and suicide noted that "multiple gun wounds indicate homicide."

Lee Houston, Junior said:

Okay. In all fairness, I'll post a new poser, but the viable answers to the previous one was that the ER doctor on duty was either the boy's mother or one of the father's parents.

So here's a NEW ENIGMA, now that I've actually had time to contemplate one.

Police were called to the scene of an apparent suicide. A man laid on the floor of his apartment with a gun in one hand and a tape recorder in the other.

When they pressed play, the authorities heard him claim he had nothing left to live for before the gun shot that ended his life.

With that, the police immediately started a murder investigation.

WHY?

Okay, first off, it's been a busy day for me so I'm just now getting here. Sorry to keep everyone waiting.

Peter: At the time I was only thinking biologically in regards to the previous puzzle, but that works too.

And in regards to the new enigma: JD GOT IT IN ONE!

Some tape recorders are voice activated and would have stopped when there was no further sound to record while others would have gone to the end of the tape (or data chip) before stopping on their own. Either way, they would not have rewound themselves back to the beginning of the message.

Truthfully, I'm a bit surprised this one was resolved so soon, but it's your turn now JD.

As they sat in the park near the construction site, a crane suddenly grabbed and lifted up her date. She screamed as the object of her affections fell from a great height, high enough that no one could be expected to survive the fall.

No charges could be pressed.

Was the crane an animal? 

Was the date a fruit?

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