Monday Mystery: The Sparkled Band

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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


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.

111 responses to “Monday Mystery: The Sparkled Band

  1. Was it a circus ring?

  2. Was Connie a trapeze artist?

  3. Is Sheila the Ring Master?

  4. Is Sheila an animal?

  5. Does the murder involve a gun?

  6. Is the weapon a dagger?

  7. Is Tanya a clown? I saw the original IT, you can never trust clowns! πŸ˜‰

  8. Tanya was the lion trainer at the circus and Sheila was a lion. Tanya was jealous of Connie so she trained the lion to attack Connie during their next act

  9. In a physical sense, rather than a legal one, did Sheila kill Connie?

  10. Was there an apple involved?

  11. Did the murder involve a bullet catching trick?

  12. First hint is up

  13. Is Sheila an elephant?

  14. Is Sheila a horse?

  15. Is Sheila a zombie?

  16. Is Sheila a tiger?

  17. Is Sheila a bear?

  18. Was Connie a trainer for Sheila?

  19. Was Tanya a trainer for Sheila?

  20. Were Connie and Tanya involved with the same man?

  21. Summary
    Connie trained Sheila the Tiger.
    Tanya and Connie were involved with the same man.

  22. Did Tanya put something in Sheila’s food that made her act erratically?

  23. Did Tanya use a mirror to shine light into Sheila’s eyes, making her mad?

  24. Did Tanya use a mirror to shine a light in Connie’s eyes, distracting her at a critical moment?

  25. Did Tanya do anything to anger Sheila such that she attacked Connie?

  26. Was Sheila in an “altered” state, e.g., drugged, during the time of the attack. (I think Doc Blue asked this, but want to make sure).

  27. Did Tanya put some kind of scent on Connie that made her unrecognizable to Sheila?

  28. Did Tanya put some kind of scent on Connie that made her seem like food to Sheila?

  29. Without giving too much away, (and since the card’s hints were of no help this time around,) I think it would be fair to say the title of this one is significant.

  30. Did Tanya shine a laser ppinter on Connie, knowing that even a great cat would be unable to resist pouncing at it?

  31. Did she feed the Tigre food with the same sort of sparkled band that Connie wore during her performances?

  32. Was Connie wearing a sparkled band?

  33. Was Sheila wearing a sparkled band?

  34. Was Tanya wearing a sparkled band?

  35. Was the sparkling band a ring of fire?

  36. DId the sparkled band conceal a shock collar?

  37. Did the sparkled band enrage the tiger?

  38. Did the sparkled band in any way cause the tiger to attack?

  39. Was the collar sented to make the tiger horny? Lol

  40. Did the sparkled band conceal a shock collar?

  41. Was the sparkled band the trigger?

  42. Did the band restrict the Tiger’s head movements in such a way that it caused her to attack?

  43. Was there another tiger in the ring with Connie and Sheila?

  44. Was the second tiger also wearing a sparkled band?

  45. Was Sheila annoyed by flashes of light, causing her to attack Connie?

  46. was the sparked band a wedding ring?

  47. Did the second tiger trigger the attack by Sheila?

  48. Is the second tiger involved in the solution to this anything but medium puzzle?

  49. Were the tigers mates?

  50. Was the second tiger wearing a band that did not sparkle?

  51. Did Tanya put Shiela’s collar on another tiger which then attacked Connie?

  52. Was Sheila the “normal” tiger Connie worked with?

  53. Was the unnamed tiger the “normal” tiger that Connie worked with?

  54. ugh, should have refreshed page, didn’t see Doc got it. Well done Doc Blue!

  55. Solution posted!

  56. Wow! great job Doc!

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