Belated Monday Mystery: Card Sharks

Telephone Psychic

I apologize for the delay, I accidentally ate a Romulan death radish and had to enter a medically supervised 24-hour regenerative coma.

Note: Last week Jay chose a hard mystery.

Solution:

Madame Zuzu and the Psychic Referral Counselor are con artists. After Ralph picked the four of diamonds at random from the card deck, the counselor called her associate, Madame Zuzu, on the phone. As soon as Zuzu picked up – but before the counselor said a word – she began calling out the card suits. When she said “diamonds” the counselor interrupted her by saying, “I’d like to speak with Madame Zuzu please.” Madame Zuzu then knew that the correct suit was “diamonds.”

Madame Zuzu immediately began calling out card numbers from Ace to King. When she reached the number “four,” the counselor interrupted her again by saying, “Madame Zuzu, please tell the gentleman what card he has picked.” Madame Zuzu then knew that the correct card number was “four.”

Using this verbal code, the crafty counselor and the sneaky psychic cheated their clients out of considerable cash. If madame Zuzu HAD been psychic, she might have known that Ralph was an undercover cop and that her clever con was kaput!

The Case:

Ralph wants to visit a psychic, but he doesn’t know any good ones, so he visits a Psychic Referral Counselor. The counselor charges Ralph $100, then recommends Madame Zuzu. The counselor then proceeds to offer proof of Madame Zuzu’s talent.

The counselor pulls out a deck of cards and asks Ralph to pick a card at random. The counselor then looks at Ralph’s card and tells Ralph to concentrate mentally on that card. She then dials a long-distance number and says, “I’d like to speak with Madame Zuzu please.” After a pause, the counselor says, “Madame Zuzu, please tell the gentleman what card he has picked.” The counselor hands Ralph the phone and Madam Zuzu tells him “the four of diamonds,” which is correct.

The Mystery:

Madame Zuzu is not really a psychic and the Psychic Referral Counselor is a fraud. Explain their trick.

Hint #1: Posted at 5PM

Hint #2: Posted at 9PM

Note:

You’re free to ask anything, (please keep it to one question a post for simplicity’s sake,) but Jurd can only answer your questions with:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes and No
  • Irrelevant
  • I don’t know
  • Rephrase your question
  • Define what you mean by…

Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.

Skinner Co. makes no claim to the intellectual property presented here, we’re just a number of friends playing a board game in a digital living room.

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Merry Kar’Mas!


Merry Kar’Mas!

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Christmas returns to Murder Town


Christmas returns to Murder Town

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Hubba hubba! #skinnerco


Hubba hubba! #skinnerco

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FPSE46 – Mulligan Smith and Bunny in The Case of the Pilfered Presents

Welcome to Flash Pulp, special episode forty-six.

Flash PulpTonight we present Mulligan Smith and Bunny in The Case of the Pilfered Presents

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Mulligan Smith and Bunny in The Case of the Pilfered Presents

Written by J.R.D. Skinner
Art and Narration by Opopanax
and Audio produced by Jessica May

 

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I <3 you, Mob


I <3 you, Mob

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That look you get when you interrupt ‘their stories’


That look you get when you interrupt ‘their stories’

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Something wicked this way comes


Something wicked this way comes

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Monday Mystery: Pushing the Envelope

Envelope

Note: Last week Doc Blue chose a medium mystery.

Solution:Finally fed up with Dusty’s rotten temper, Violet was cutting him loose. During their final argument, Dusty swore he’d make her pay – and he meant it.

After the argument, just before leaving Violet’s house, Dusty secretly transferred her bottle of bee-sting antidote from her purse to his pocket. (Violet had a severe allergy to bees.) He then picked up a dozen roses from the local flower shop – and several bees from his garden. Dusty hid the bees in the box with the roses, attached an envelope with an unsigned card, and sent the “farewell gift” to Violet’s home.

When Violet opened the box, she was immediately stung by the bees. She died of shock and respiratory failure while searching desperately for her missing antidote, the card and the envelope still in her hand. Police found the bees in her house, then dusted the box for fingerprints and discovered Dusty’s. Finding Violet’s antidote in Dusty’s home gave police the evidence they needed. Dusty was clever but careless, and had pushed the envelope a bit too far.

The Case:

Violet is found dead in her home with an envelope in her hand. During their investigation, police discover a bottle at the home of her boyfriend, Dusty. On this and other evidence, they arrest Dusty for Violet’s murder.

The Mystery:

How did Dusty “dust” Violet?

Hint #1: What killed violet was her oversensitivity

Hint #2: The buzz was that Dusty stole the bottle

Note:

You’re free to ask anything, (please keep it to one question a post for simplicity’s sake,) but Jurd can only answer your questions with:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes and No
  • Irrelevant
  • I don’t know
  • Rephrase your question
  • Define what you mean by…

Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.

Skinner Co. makes no claim to the intellectual property presented here, we’re just a number of friends playing a board game in a digital living room.

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Turtling


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