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Monday Mystery: Marbelous Marvin

Posted by on February 4, 2019

Marbles

Note: Last week Colorado Joe chose a medium mystery.

Solution:

Tip Moore had been famous for his circus high-wire act until Marvin Lee joined the troupe. Marvin’s balancing bicycle feats on a higher wire had made him a headliner, and Tip a has-been. But Tip had a plan to recapture the spotlight.

After dark, Tip sneaked under the big top and removed the special non-rolling lead ballast that weighted the ends of Marvin’s balance bar. He then replaced the ballast with four pounds of marbles, and returned the bar to the rafters where it was stored.

During Marvin’s next performance, Tip tossed the bar to him as always, after Marvin mounted the bike on the wire. Marvin tilted in vain to stabilize his balance, while the marbles rolled wildly in his bar. Finally, Marvin plummeted to the concrete floor below, losing not only his marbles, but his life as well. Matching marbles found in Tip’s trailer tipped off the police, who promptly put Tip behind bars.

The Case:

Marvin is found dead near a bicycle surrounded by marbles

The Mystery:

Who killed Marvin, and how?

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

Hint #1: Too late, Marvin realized the gravity of the situation

Hint #2: Marvin had a rival who was a little off-balance

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.

158 Responses to Monday Mystery: Marbelous Marvin

  1. Doc Blue

    Was Marvin riding said bike?

  2. Jay

    Is Marvin a human being?

  3. Jay

    First thought is Marvin’s a fish, and his tank smashed.

  4. Colorado Joe

    Were the marbles Marvin’s? I guess what I’m really asking is did Marvin lose his marbles?

    * I’ll be here all week? 😉

  5. hugh

    Was this a deliberate murder?

  6. Raygan

    Was Marvin killed by some kind of crazy art installation consisting of a dump truck full of marbles being rolled down a hill and he just happened to get in the way?

  7. Colorado Joe

    Was Marvin killed in a bike accident?

  8. Jay

    Did Marvin steal the marbles?

  9. jrdskinner

    Sorry for the delay, all – there’s a seasonal bug running through Skinner Co. and I nodded out early last night.

  10. Doc Blue

    Where the marbles dropped on Marvin?

  11. Doc Blue

    Did the bike belong to Marvin?

  12. Colorado Joe

    Was Marvin riding the bike immediately before he die?

  13. Colorado Joe

    Was the cause of his death an abrupt change in his motion related to contact with the ground?

  14. Doc Blue

    Did Marvin hit the marbles and fall to his death?

  15. Jay

    Were the marbles already on the ground when Marvin came on to the scene?

  16. Colorado Joe

    Were the marbles the cause of Marvin’s bike crash?

  17. Colorado Joe

    Were the marbles released by a person into the path of Marvin’s bike with the intent to cause Marvin to crash?

  18. Doc Blue

    Did Marvin know the owner of the marbles?

  19. jrdskinner

    Second hint is up!

  20. Colorado Joe

    Was there another bike rider involved in Marvin’s demise?

  21. Doc Blue

    Had Marvin recently beaten another player in a game of marbles?

  22. Colorado Joe

    Were the marbles directly related to/a cause of the bike crash?

  23. Colorado Joe

    Did the other bike rider intentionally swerve into Marvin, causing him to crash?

  24. Doc Blue

    Was Marvin related to the killer?

  25. Jay

    Were the bikes racing each other?

  26. Colorado Joe

    We’re the marbles used as projectiles, i.e., thrown at Marvin?

  27. Jay

    Were the marbles balanced on the bikes handle bars?

  28. Jay

    Was Marvin carrying the marbles?

  29. Jay

    We’re the marbles knocked out of his hands?

  30. Jeffery V.

    Did he run over a group of zombie mibsters?

  31. Doc Blue

    Was Marvin carrying the marbles at the request of the killer?

  32. Doc Blue

    Did the killer place the marbles on Marvin’s person?

  33. Jay

    Did the bike have a basket?

  34. Doc Blue

    Did the other rider transfer the marbles to Marvin mid-ride?

  35. Colorado Joe

    Totally stuck, so posting what I think we know at this point:

    Marvin was riding a bike he owned. He wrecked it and died. This was a deliberate murder.
    There is a second bike rider.
    The second rider is involved in the death of Marvin.
    Marvin and the second rider had not recently played a game of marbles.
    The second rider did not swerve into Marvin causing him to wreck.
    Mavin and the second rider are not related.
    They were not racing.

    The marbles are not Marvin’s.
    Marvin knows the owner of the marbles.
    The marbles are directly related to Marvin dying (they were the cause of the crash).
    Marvin did not steal the marbles.
    The marbles were not dropped on or thrown at Marvin.
    The marbles were not on the ground when Marvin arrived on his bike.
    The marbles were not released into the path of Marvin’s bike with the intent to cause Marvin to crash

    Marvin’s bike did not have a basket.
    Marvin was not carrying the marbles in a bag, a jar, or other container, nor a pocket, backpack, or other carrying conveyance worn on the body.
    The marbles were not knocked out of Marvin’s hands.

    The unclear pieces:

    Did Marvin hit the marbles and fall to his death?
    Yes and no. Perhaps rephrase your question.

    Were the marbles balanced on the bikes handle bars?
    Rephrase your question

    Was Marvin carrying the marbles at the request of the killer?
    Hmmm – define ‘request’?

  36. Colorado Joe

    Is the second rider responsible for the murder?

  37. Jay

    Was the murder premeditated?

  38. Colorado Joe

    Did the second rider push Marvin over?

  39. Jay

    Was Marvin riding his bike on the road?

  40. Jay

    Was Marvin riding his bike on an elevated surface, before his fall?

  41. Jay

    Was it a street bike?

  42. Jay

    Was it a mountain bike? (Marvin’s bike)

  43. Doc Blue

    Were the marbles inside the handle bars prior to the accident?

  44. Doc Blue

    Was there a bike jump involved?

  45. jrdskinner

    Colorado’s breakdown looks good, but I’ll give you one clarification:

    One could argue (as I guess I am) that ‘Did Marvin hit the marbles and fall to his death?’ is really two different questions.

  46. Doc Blue

    Did Marvin hit the marbles?

  47. Doc Blue

    Did Marvin fall to his death?

  48. Doc Blue

    Did the marbles hit Marvin?

  49. Doc Blue

    Did the killer alter Marvin’s bike in any way?

    • jrdskinner

      I’m going to say no, because by the letter of the law it’s the truth, but know that there’s a conflicted look on my face.

  50. Opope

    When “fall to his death” do you mean just off his bike?

    Did he experience a significant fall?

  51. Opope

    Were the marbles touching the bike when Marvin got on it?

  52. Opope

    Are they glass marbles?

  53. Colorado Joe

    Was Marvin on a bridge?

  54. Jay

    We there marbles in the tires?

  55. Colorado Joe

    Did Marvin fall into a hole when he crashed his bike?

  56. Jay

    Did he fall off a bridge?

  57. Colorado Linda

    Was the murderer also a bike thief?

  58. Colorado Linda

    Were the marbles in Marvin’s mouth?

  59. Colorado Linda

    Was Marvin riding his bike on a rope?

  60. Colorado Linda

    Was the rope over a canyon?

  61. Colorado Linda

    Was the rope riding part of a circus act?

  62. Colorado Linda

    Was Marvin riding on the handlebars of the bike?

  63. Colorado Linda

    Was there only one bike involved in the murder?

  64. Colorado Linda

    Was the murderer driving the bike?

  65. Colorado Linda

    Was Marvin holding a balancing bar?

  66. Colorado Linda

    If yes for the balancing bar were there marbles balanced on the bar?

  67. Colorado Linda

    was the murderer a circus performer?

  68. Jay

    Marvin was a circus performer?

  69. Colorado Linda

    Was the murderer human?

  70. jrdskinner

    Who killed Marvin, and how?

    Hint #1: Too late, Marvin realized the gravity of the situation

    Hint #2: Marvin had a rival who was a little off-balance

  71. Colorado Linda

    was the murderer balanced on top of bar Marvin was holding?

  72. Colorado Linda

    Did the murderer lose their balance?

  73. Colorado Linda

    Did the “rival” put marbles inside the balancing bar?

  74. Colorado Linda

    Was the murder riding on Marvin’s Shoulders?

  75. jrdskinner

    Who killed Marvin, and how?

  76. Colorado Linda

    The rival tight rope artist killed Marvin. He put the marbles inside the balancing bar which caused Marvin to plummet to his death, spilling the marbles below.

    • jrdskinner

      Yes! Congrats!

      I’ll post the solution shortly. Would you like an easy, medium, or hard mystery on Monday?

  77. Colorado Linda

    Oh yay! Let’s go medium again. I had success it that level. Thanks

  78. jrdskinner

    Solution has been posted.

  79. Colorado Joe

    Colorado… Represent!!! Nice job, Babe!

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