Monday Mystery: Dead Ringer


Note: Last time Colorado Joe chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

The dead man was a bullfighter, and his killer was the bull he was fighting. The man responsible was a professional adversary who aimed to stage an “accident” that would permanently knock the bullfighter out of the ring.

The man sat in the stands as his victim performed, aiming a small mirror at the bull’s eyes. The reflection from the sun temporarily blinded and confused the bull. The bullfighter, unaware of the bull’s plight, continued to yell, “Toro! Toro!” Finally, the enraged bull made a “dead run” toward the bullfighter’s voice, goring him in a fatal finish.

A spectator reported the man with the mirror to the police, who “took the bull by the horns” and arrested him before he could escape.

The Case:

A man is dead in a ring on a sunny afternoon. The man responsible for his death is arrested nearby with a small object in his hand.

The Mystery:

Who killed the man? What was the object, and what part did it play in his death?

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

Hint #1: The man was killed in an act of blind rage
Hint #2: Police made a bully’s-eye by arresting the perpetrator immediately


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.

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32 responses to “Monday Mystery: Dead Ringer

  1. Is it a show ring?

  2. Is the ring a traffic roundabout?

  3. Is it a boxing ring?

  4. Is it a circus ring?

  5. Is it a Sumo ring?

  6. I’ll also give you a hint in that it’s not three rings for the Elven-kings under the sky, nor seven for the Dwarf-lords in their halls of stone, not nine for Mortal Men doomed to die, and definitely not one for the Dark Lord on his dark throne.

  7. Is the the thing in murderer’s hand a hypodermic needle?

  8. First hint is up!

  9. Pro Wresting Ring?

  10. Is the object in his hand a mirror?

  11. Is the weapon a pair of scissors?

  12. Was anyone else in the ring with him when he died?

  13. Was the ring a show ring for horses?

  14. Was there another human in the ring when he died?

  15. The victim was a ‘target’ in a knife throwing / archery circus act. The murderer, wanting to kill but keep his hands clean, used a mirror to blind the performer and causing him to strike the victim.

  16. Bullfighting ring. Killer a rival bullfighter.

  17. Sorry for the delay, I wasn’t notified that you’d commented for some reason.

  18. Ohhhh I got it! Yayyyy!

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