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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Is it the Marvel comics Black Cat (As opposed to the Golden Age one) ?

Does the Imperial Stormtrooper run at a wall, miss (he's an Imperial Stormtrooper, of course he misses), and consequently find himself going out through the door?

No.

But one question at a time, or the answer might mislead.


Randy Jackson said:

Is it the Marvel comics Black Cat (As opposed to the Golden Age one) ?

That's a pretty funny answer, but you forgot the part where he bangs his head while going through the door, and:

No.

Peter Wrexham said:

Does the Imperial Stormtrooper run at a wall, miss (he's an Imperial Stormtrooper, of course he misses), and consequently find himself going out through the door?

Are extra-human abilities important here? 

JD DeLuzio said:

In a five-cornered room in Port Townsend, the supervillain Red Velvet has placed the following five, one in each corner: Superman, Spider-man, Black Cat, an Imperial Stormtrooper, and Sailor Moon. A lead-lined box and a couple of Dan Hill records from the 70s sit in the center of the room. A large, open door is the only escape. It is clearly marked as an exit. Who escapes unaided, and why?

Consults definitions.

Yes.

Is the location (Port Townsend) significant?

Yes.

Though it would still work in some other setting, the general geographic location was chosen for a reason.

Peter Wrexham said:

Is the location (Port Townsend) significant?

Are the records being used to deter an escape attempt ?

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Are the records being used to deter an escape attempt ?

Are any of the prisoners physically restrained? 

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Are any of the prisoners physically restrained? 

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