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 he have an emotional connection to the turtle?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Was this the first time he'd ever had Turtle Soup?

Hmm. .. No

JD DeLuzio said:

Did he have an emotional connection to the turtle?

A man walks into a restaurant. He orders and eats a bowl of Turtle Soup, then goes home and commits suicide.

Does the soup bring back the memory of something he'd forgotten?

Can you rephrase the question please? As it is currently stated I cannot give a proper answer .

Peter Wrexham said:

A man walks into a restaurant. He orders and eats a bowl of Turtle Soup, then goes home and commits suicide.

Does the soup bring back the memory of something he'd forgotten?

Okay, let's approach this from a different direction.  Does he commit suicide because of something he's done in the past?

Did he contract a disease from the soup?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Okay, let's approach this from a different direction.  Does he commit suicide because of something he's done in the past?

No
JD DeLuzio said:

Did he contract a disease from the soup?

He committed suicide because of something he'd done in the past.  Was he aware of this "something" before his visit to the restaurant?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

He committed suicide because of something he'd done in the past.  Was he aware of this "something" before his visit to the restaurant?

Did he learn something at the restaurant that he'd previously not known?

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