Happy New Year! Skinner Co.’s doors are once again open, and a mystery awaits.
Note: Last week P-Ton chose a hard mystery.
Oscar loved the sea and finally saved up enough money to buy a cabin cruiser at a government auction. The boat had recently been confiscated from a drug smuggler. The smugger had several silent partners in crime, but refused to implicate them.
Before his arrest, the smuggler had stashed a fortune in drugs in a special hidden compartment on the boat that narcotics officers failed to find. The smuggler’s partners didn’t dare come forward and bid on the boat because they knew they were under surveillance by the authorities. Instead, they found out who bought the boat and sent him a phony first prize vacation notice. They hoped to lure the unsuspecting Oscar to the “friendly” waters of St. Aretha, a place where U.S. officials had no authority and were not welcome. Once Oscar arrived, it would be a simple matter for the smugglers to sneak on board and unload the drugs.
Unfortunately, Oscar was not a skillful skipper and his boat sank in a storm. The smuggler’s stash, as well as Oscar, went down with the ship.
After saving for years, Oscar purchases a 40-foot cabin cruiser at a bargain price. Then, a week later he wins a contest for an all-expense-paid stay at a luxury resort on the island of St. Aretha. Oscar immediately takes some time off from work and heads for the Caribbean paradise. He is thrilled with his good fortune, but slightly puzzled because he can’t recall entering the contest.
How did Oscar win a contest he never entered? What crime was involved, and who was behind it?
(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)
Hint #1: Posted at 5PM
Hint #2: Posted at 9PM
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 and No
- 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.