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Monday Mystery: A Time to Die

Posted by on December 3, 2018

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Note: Last week Raygan chose a easy mystery.

Doc Blue has cracked the case!

Solution: Rob Doyle was a producer with a grudge. His latest made-for-TV movie had just received disastrous reviews from the three most influential critics in town, making him the laughing-stock of LA. Rob swore revenge. In his basement, he rigged up a special videocassette tape that was capable of short-circuiting an electrical system.

A few days later, when the critics came home and opened their mail, they found a package supposedly from the network head’s office. The enclosed letter read: “You are my favourite cirtic. Please reivew the enclosed tape. It’s our newest project and I would love to hear your opinion.”

Eagerly, each critic slipped the cassette into his VCR. But something went wrong – the tapes got stuck and wouldn’t play. They ejected their tapes to examine them. But as they touched the tapes to pull them out, they completed the circuit, electrocuting themselves and causing a power surge. Each body was found lying in front of the VCR – each machine’s clock flashing 12:00.

The Case:

In August, 1995, three people were murdered in neighbouring towns, all by the same method. Near each body was a stopped clock. When the police investigated the scenes they happened to notice that each clock was set at exactly the same time.

The Mystery:

Why were the clocks set at the same time? How were the three victims killed?

Hint #1: The police had trouble “producing” the criminal.

Hint #2: Each clock was set at 12:00 – 12:00 – 12:00 (Not so helpful after P-Tone’s question, but it’s what the card says.)


You’re free to ask anything, 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.

57 Responses to Monday Mystery: A Time to Die

  1. Hugh

    Did they all die simultaneously?

  2. Melissa

    Were all 3 people killed on the same day?

  3. Melissa

    Were they killed by a bomb set to go off at a certain time?

  4. Pat Toner

    Was each clock actually a VCR blinking 12:00?

  5. Opope

    Was the killer a repairman?

  6. Melissa

    Did they die of heat exhaustion? (No power=no air conditioning)

  7. Melissa

    They were on life support and the power went out?

  8. Doc Blue

    Where the victims beaten to death with the VCR?

  9. Colorado Joe

    Were the victims reliant on some kind of life saving device that required power (oxygen or vetnilator)?

  10. Hugh

    Were all three on electrical life support devices that were interupted?

  11. Opope

    Is the date (August 1995) relevant?

  12. Pat Toner

    Was the power cut off to the entire house?

  13. Melissa

    Due to defective plugs, the ‘victims’ were all electricuted?

  14. Doc blue

    Was the killer physically there at the time of death?

  15. Doc blue

    Were the victims scared to death?

  16. Opope

    We’re there air conditioners present at the scenes?

  17. Doc Blue

    Were there movies in the BCRs? The same movie?

  18. Doc Blue

    Is the number of deaths relevant?

  19. doc blue

    HAD the movies been viewed?

  20. Doc Blue

    Were movies homemade?

    • jrdskinner

      The labels were handwritten, but (as previously answered) the tapes remain unviewed.

  21. Mildred

    Were the tapes blackmail material?

  22. Raygan Earl

    Did they die of “natural causes” Aka heart attack?

  23. Doc blue

    Were he victims electrocuted when they put the tapes in the VCR?

  24. Pat Toner

    Was the criminal on the tape? (In the contents of the video)

  25. Opope

    Things we know:
    1. The “clocks” were VCRS displaying 12:00
    2. The victims were electrocuted when putting the tapes into the VCRS
    3. They all had the same video tape, and none had been viewed
    4. The killer was not present at the time of death
    5. The date (august 1995) is and isn’t relevant
    6. The number of victims (3) is and isn’t relevant

    Does anyone understand what the first clue could mean?

  26. Pat Toner

    Were all three victims actually just characters in a murder mystery story that random people on the internet are guessing their fates by asking yes/no questions?

  27. Doc Blue

    Were the victims Movie Reviewers?

  28. Doc Blue

    Was the killer a movie Producer who was killing reviewers who gave his movies bad reviews?

    • jrdskinner

      We have our winner!

      (I’ll update the post with the full solution.)

      Would you like to play a easy, medium, or hard mystery next week?

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