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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Yes

Peter Wrexham said:

Did they die as the result of an accident?

Are they a man and a woman?

Irrelevant 


MethodEng said:

Are they a man and a woman?

Were there 52 bicycles?

(Seriously, I'm pretty sure I heard this one before and I just now remembered what I think the answer is.)

I had a sudden image of the Wicked Witch of the West East with the cabin fallen on top of her, and I realised...

Are they in the cabin of an aircraft that's crashed?

No bicycles were harmed in the making of this riddle  

Yes Peter, that's the correct answer. The obvious assumption must would maje is that a cabin in the woods is somewhere a couple would shelter in. 

I was dissatisfied with the wording if this one. I thought if needed a little more description in terms of the settand circumstances  but I really couldn't think of anything to add that wouldn't make it too easy. 

Peter Wrexham said:

Are they in the cabin of an aircraft that's crashed?

"I was dissatisfied with the wording if this one. I thought if needed a little more description in terms of the settand circumstances but I really couldn't think of anything to add that wouldn't make it too easy."

The way I heard it the window was broken and the "cabin" was a space capsule.

A man is standing by the side of a lake.  A woman is standing up to her waist in the water, 20 yards from the shore, hair dripping wet, holding the body of a small child.  Both man and woman are weeping.

Peter Wrexham said:

A man is standing by the side of a lake.  A woman is standing up to her waist in the water, 20 yards from the shore, hair dripping wet, holding the body of a small child.  Both man and woman are weeping.

Is the child the child of the man and the woman?

Is the child the child of the man and the woman?

Yes.

Is the child dead?

Is the child dead?

Yes

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