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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Does this turtle soup differ in some clearly identifiable way from his previous turtle soup?

Randy Jackson said:

Hmm. .. Yes

JD DeLuzio said:

Had he ever eaten Turtle Soup before?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Is the soup made from an endangered species of turtle?

Yes

JD DeLuzio said:

Does this turtle soup differ in some clearly identifiable way from his previous turtle soup?

Randy Jackson said:

Hmm. .. Yes

JD DeLuzio said:

Had he ever eaten Turtle Soup before?

Would he have committed suicide if the soup recipe had been the same as last time?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Would he have committed suicide if the soup recipe had been the same as last time?

I know, one question at a time, but I'd like to get this part over with:

Did the turtle soup taste different this time?

Did the turtle soup smell different this time?

Did the turtle soup look different this time?

Did the turtle soup sound different this time?


Yes. 

Irrelevant 

Irrelevant 
JD DeLuzio said:

I know, one question at a time, but I'd like to get this part over with:

Did the turtle soup taste different this time?

Did the turtle soup smell different this time?

Did the turtle soup look different this time?

Did the turtle soup sound different this time?

Did he feel guilty for harming some other person?

Hmm... Tricky one to answer, but I'll say Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Did he feel guilty for harming some other person?

Did he believe that he had harmed someone else in a non-physical way?

Another tricky one. This time, I'll say No

Peter Wrexham said:

Did he believe that he had harmed someone else in a non-physical way?

This is getting complicated!  Had he actually harmed someone else?

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