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 his name important? 

No.

It's what it looks like-- a combination of the two most common posters here. If I called the notorious criminal "Bob Smith" or "Sinestra Fatale," the solution would remain the same.

Randy Jackson said:

Is his name important? 

Is he watching on television? 
JD DeLuzio said:

Notorious criminal Jackson J. Wrexham sees that the police dragnet is spreading out across his neighbourhood and around his  building. He quietly closes the window and rests, knowing he is safe for now.

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Is he watching on television? 

Is he in the same location as the police? 

Yes, they're both on planet earth.

No

Randy Jackson said:

Is he in the same location as the police? 

Is he watching the police remotely? 

Yes.

Randy Jackson said:

Is he watching the police remotely? 

Is the crime committed important? 

Is the window that he closes a computer window?

No.

Randy Jackson said:

Is the crime committed important? 

Yes.

Peter Wrexham said:

Is the window that he closes a computer window?

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