Monday Mystery: Seoul Food

Wicker Basket

Note: Last time Opop chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

The killer was a Korean political activist who worked as a meat vendor in the local market. His victim was a member of the ruling regime, who bought snake meat for dinner each Tuesday. It was easy for the vendor to plan her murder by performing a sneaky snake switcheroo.

When the woman arrived at the vendor’s booth that Tuesday, he slipped a sedated, highly-venomous cobra inter her shopping basket, instead of the non-poisonous snake he usually sold her. Halfway home the snake awakened and bit the unsuspecting woman, poisoning her to death almost instantly.

The local police found the cobra, wormed the story out of the vendor, and arrested him.

The Case:

A woman is found dead on the streets of Seoul, the South Korean capital. Beside her lies a basket.

The Mystery:

Who killed the woman, how and why?

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

Hint #1: The woman was betrayed by someone she knew

Hint #2: Too late, something in the basket “struck” the woman as odd


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.

60 responses to “Monday Mystery: Seoul Food

  1. Is the basket empty?

  2. Is the woman young or old?

  3. But not, say, retirement age.

  4. was her death accidental?

  5. Did this woman work for the Korean Government?

  6. Was the lady Korean?

  7. Was she poisoned?

  8. Was the woman bitten by an animal?

  9. Assuming yes, was that animal a snake?

  10. Was she poisoned through skin contact with a harmful substance?

  11. Did she work for both Korean Governments?

  12. Colorado Linda

    Did she have a nice insurance policy to leave to a bennificiary?

  13. So she was carrying a snake in a basket, and the snake got out and bit her?

  14. Is here death related to her work in the government?

  15. Who killed the woman, how and why?

  16. Did she know the snake was in the basket?

  17. Was her killer a rival goverment worker?

  18. She was assassinated by the government? The snake killed her, because she was a spy.

  19. Joe & Linda McTee

    Was she killed while attempting to kill someone else?

  20. Unbeknownst to the woman, was the basket rigged to let the snake out?

  21. Was her killer a member of the government?

  22. Was her killer someone unhappy with the government?

  23. Did the killer intend for her to die?

  24. Did the killer push her, inadvertently releasing the snake, which bit her?

  25. Was the killer her assistant?

  26. Did she know was carrying a deadly snake?

  27. Did the killer give her the basket?

  28. I feel like the who, how, and why are sort of all here, I think someone just needs to pull them together.

  29. OK, let’s give it a shot… The government worker had annoyed her constituents by and stoked their wrath. One particularly unhinged constituent vowed revenge and snuck a poison snake into the victims basket. When she reached in to grab something, the snake bit here and vengeance was achieved.

  30. That should have read …”annoyed her constituents by ‘insert something bad a politician does’ and stoked their wrath.”

  31. Let’s try medium, por favor! As always, thanks for running these, very fun!

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