Category Archives: Monday Mystery

Monday Mystery: Crossing to the Other Side

A black sedan

Note: Last time Doc Blue chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

It wasn’t Senator Sherman who was the target. It was his chauffeur, Rocko.

Rocko was a heavy gambler who was behind in his payments to a local loan shark. After weeks of excuses, the greedy moneylender decided Rocko must pay – with his life!

The assassin-to-be was disguised as a tollbooth attendant when the limousine approached the bridge. Rocko was just about to pay the toll when the killer pulled the gun. Rocko quickly pressed the button to close the electric window and floored the accelerator, causing the killer to misfire into the back seat – and unfortunately into the Senator. Rocko, who lost control of the car, was knocked out in the accident, but when he regained consciousness he told the police everything!

The Case:

Senator Sherman’s car had just pulled onto the long suspension bridge when it went wildly out of control. The car careened across the divider and slammed into the oncoming traffic. The bullet-proof windows were up and the doors locked. Inside was the Senator, dead – shot once through the head. No gun was found in the car.

The Mystery:

Who killed the Senator? What was the motive? And how could he have been shot in a locked car?

(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)

Hint #1: Crossing the bridge took its toll on the Senator.

Hint #2: The Senator was a driven man

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
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  • 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.

Monday Mystery: The Sparkled Band

Tangentially related image

Note: Last time Hugh chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

Tanya the tightrope walker and Connie the cat lady were both in love with Clyde Batty, the circus ringmaster. When Connie caught Clyde’s eye, Tanya took offense and plotted revenge.

Just before showtime the next night, Tanya pulled a switcheroo. She placed the identifying sparkling collar of Connie’s prized tigress on Sheila, a look-alike cat who had just begun training. Instead of Connie’s tigress, Sheila was brought out for the grand finale. Seeing the familiar collar, Connie didn’t realize she’d been conned as she performed her final trick: opening the cat’s jaws and sticking her head inside.

The hungry Sheila, who didn’t know any better, thought dinner was served. When she took a bite, poor Connie lost her head. Police investigated, found sequins from Tanya’s costume in Sheila’s cage, and quickly collared Tanya.

The Case:

Connie lies dead in a ring with Sheila. Police arrest Tanya for Connie’s murder, and Sheila goes free.

The Mystery:

How did Tanya kill Connie? What role did Sheila play?

(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)

Hint #1: The classic love triangle started it all

Hint #2: Of the three females, one is not human

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.

Monday Mystery: The Master Plan

Television

Note: Last week Doc Blue chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

Lord Faluntit knew that Jasper, his loyal servant, always played the same numbers in the lottery. That night on the news, the winning numbers were announced and the master knew immediately that Jasper had won ten million pounds. He rang for his servant and when the excited lottery winner entered the room, the two of them discussed Jasper’s plans for a life of leisure. But Lord Flauntit had other plans for Jasper’s winnings. Flauntit was on the verge of bankruptcy and desperately needed to acquire the winning lottery ticket. But how? Jasper had hidden the ticket well until he could cash it in.

Lord Flauntit reasoned that a small fire would serve two purposes. It would scare Jasper into retrieving the ticket and would also make Jasper’s “fall” from the window more plausible. The master started the fire in a hall wastebasket. When he heard Jasper rummaging around in his room, Flauntit burst in on his servant, clubbed him senseless, stole his ticket and pushed him headfirst out of the window.

A local barmaid also knew of Jasper’s winning numbers. When Lord Flauntit tried to cash in the ticket, she went straight to the coppers.

The Case:

Late one evening, Lord Flauntint is in his study watching television. He rings a little bell and Jasper, his butler, enters the room. The master and servant have a brief conversation, at the end of which Jasper gives his notice.

At midnight, a fire breaks out at Flauntit Hall. When the firefighters arrive, they find Jasper’s body spread-eagle on the gravel driveway. He is quite dead. The firefighters assume that in his panic to escape the fire, Jasper jumped out of his third story bedroom window and broke his neck in the fall.

The firefighters easily put out the small blaze and then call the constable. The entire county is shocked when the respectable Lord Flauntit is later arrested for arson and murder.

The Mystery:

Why did Lord Flauntit kill Jasper and set the fire?

(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)

Hint #1: It was Jasper’s lucky day, and his unlucky day!

Hint #2: Posted 6PM

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.