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 anyone else also present in that room?

Irrelevant 

Peter Wrexham said:

Is anyone else also present in that room?

Damn, I'm asking a lot of irrelevant questions!

Was Greg arrested for the crime indicated by "the gloom of the grave"?

No

Peter Wrexham said:

Damn, I'm asking a lot of irrelevant questions!

Was Greg arrested for the crime indicated by "the gloom of the grave"?

Is Tim acting on behalf of an official agency?

Is this question irrelevant?

Yes

JD DeLuzio said:

Is Tim acting on behalf of an official agency?

Yes

JD DeLuzio said:

Is this question irrelevant?

Did Greg suffer a cardiac arrest?

Is this some kind of sting operation?

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No

MethodEng said:

Did Greg suffer a cardiac arrest?

Hmmm...I'll say yes .


JD DeLuzio said:

Is this some kind of sting operation?

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