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 Tim's statement ("the terror of flight") a question?

Within this context, it could be construed as one. 

Peter Wrexham said:

Is Tim's statement ("the terror of flight") a question?

Are the words actually spoken by Tim and Greg significant to the puzzle?

Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Are the words actually spoken by Tim and Greg significant to the puzzle?

Does "the terror of flight" refer to, literally, fleeing, as in fleeing the country/city/other jurisdiction?

No

JD DeLuzio said:

Does "the terror of flight" refer to, literally, fleeing, as in fleeing the country/city/other jurisdiction?

Did Greg actually commit the crime indicated by "the gloom of the grave"?

Hmm...no

Peter Wrexham said:

Did Greg actually commit the crime indicated by "the gloom of the grave"?

We've previously established that saying "the gloom of the grave" indicates that Greg has committed a crime.  But, going by this latest answer, he didn't (apparently!) commit that crime!

Was he arrested for making a false confession?

No. 

In response to your other thoughts, the statement Greg made indicated that he was guilty of a crime, but the crime was not necessarily indicative of the words spoken. 

Peter Wrexham said:

We've previously established that saying "the gloom of the grave" indicates that Greg has committed a crime.  But, going by this latest answer, he didn't (apparently!) commit that crime!

Was he arrested for making a false confession?

Is saying "the gloom of the grave" of itself a crime?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Is saying "the gloom of the grave" of itself a crime?

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