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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Okay, fair enough, I have to give you that.  The remaining thing I hoped someone would notice was that, when the next minute ticks round the word changes from "HELL" to "SELL".  At this point, he realises what's going on, and, relieved, bursts into laughter.

I said "No" to your very first reply because I was thinking of "HELL" being formed by a display of 07:34 with part of the zero obstructed by stuff knocked off the nightstand, rather than a display of 11:34.  However, to be fair, that latter time works just as well.  It's your turn again, JD.

JD DeLuzio said:

Wait, is it just that the time changes and the "word" no longer looks like "hell"? Time changing strikes me as just being part of a functional clock.

A man wakes up to loud noises after an evening's heavy drinking in a strange town, where he is staying at a motel along the highway. He finds he has been sleeping on the floor of his room. There is an eerie glow in the darkness. He blinks, and the glow resolves into the word, hell, surrounded by flames. He bolts upright.

He has a passing moment of relief when he sees the word more clearly. However, he also realizes he should probably get moving, and fast.

Does he need to get moving because his room's on fire?

No.

Peter Wrexham said:

Does he need to get moving because his room's on fire?

Is something actually on fire? 

You're getting warmer....

Yes.

Randy Jackson said:

Is something actually on fire? 

Is it significant that "He" is in italics in "He bolts upright"?

No.

Well, significant of the fact that I made a very strange error.

Peter Wrexham said:

Is it significant that "He" is in italics in "He bolts upright"?

Is the word "hell" somewhere outside his room?

Yes.

Peter Wrexham said:

Is the word "hell" somewhere outside his room?

Is "hell" part of the motel sign?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Is "hell" part of the motel sign?

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