Monday Mystery: Post-Mortem

Monday Mystery Post-Mortem

Monday’s experiment went fairly well. Raygan managed to suss out the answer after the first hint dropped, but I suspect the chain of questioning provided by the rest of the participants was helpful.

So, here’s how we’ll proceed: Mondays, at 12 PM ET, you can expect a new mystery. I’ll do my best to be prompt about answering questions, but keep in mind that I’ve many metaphorical chickens to attend. Hints will be posted at 4 PM & 8 PM, and if the mystery lasts more than a day I’ll post a sticky link in the sidebar to make it easier to access.

Winner gets to pick the difficulty of the next case – in this instance, Raygan picked hard.

See you on the 26th, feel free to invite some friends.

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Casting lunar nets

Casting lunar nets

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Monday Mystery

Limo Crash

The Case:

A car driven by a drunken man collides with a limo on a busy street. Miraculously, the limo driver and his passenger are not critically injured, and the driver of the car walks away unhurt. Nevertheless, the drunken man is later arrested for negligent homicide.

The Mystery:

On what grounds was the drunken driver arrested?

Hint #1: The limo was speeding to save a life

Hint #2: Locked till 8PM


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…

Update: Raygan wins!

The Story:

It was an emergency. The limo’s passenger was a medical technician, rushing a heart from the airport to the hospital for a life-saving transplant. But the crash smashed the organ to smithereens, making the transplant impossible.

Though the two men in the limo lived, the unlucky patient died in the hospital, waiting in vain for her new heart to arrive. By his negligence, the drunk driver caused the patient’s death.

What’d you all think? Same game next Monday?

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FP527 – Mulligan Smith in The Death of Harm Carter, Part 1 of 3

Welcome to Flash Pulp, episode five hundred and twenty-seven.

Flash PulpTonight we present Mulligan Smith in The Death of Harm Carter, Part 1 of 3

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Tonight, Mulligan Smith takes on a new client.


Mulligan Smith in The Death of Harm Carter, Part 1 of 3

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


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Happy birthday, Darwin <3 #skinnerco

Happy birthday, Darwin <3 #skinnerco

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Trouble Signs

Trouble Signs

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Towards Adventure

Towards Adventure

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A Brief, but Adorable, Tale of Violence

Yesterday Mr. Eight overheard a kid telling his older sister that his Mom was a pig.

Enraged, he immediately sought out JMay, as she was actually at elsewhere at the school lunch ladying.

Nearly in tears, he recounted what he’d heard.

JMay gave him the patient, “well, he may call me fat but should I start crying? I can’t let the opinions of others change how I feel about myself…,” yadda, yadda, yadda.

Then she went and found the kid, because fuck that.

Stella, being the recipient of the comment, knew immediately why her mother had wandered into her hallway.

“Is this about the joke?”

They were telling Yo Mama jokes – no offense was intended, as with all ten-year-olds their standup routines just sucked.

“Ooooooh,” said JMay, and then she went about her day.

Except she got busy and didn’t have time that afternoon to loop back to Mr. Eight.

Punch-OutNow, you’ve got to understand that this is a boy who still wears feety pajamas with very little coaxing. He’s as gentle as a breeze cooling a dove perched on an olive branch.

– but, man, that child loves his moms.

By the end of the day he’d worked himself into quite a head of steam about it. At final bell he actually gave the kid unyielding jock shoulder in the hallway, then basically started trying to rouse him into a fight.

Fortunately a neighbour kid did his best Gene Okerlund and kept the two apart.

Eight came home a sweaty teary mess, and then we had to explain Yo Mama jokes to him. (We also underlined that, even if the offender had meant what he’d said, violence was not the answer.)

Once he understood what had happened he felt bad and said he would apologize.

The point, I suppose, is: If you’ve been sitting on some prime Mom jokes all these years, apparently eight-year-olds should be your target audience.

Just be ready in case they take a swing.

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