Monday Mystery: Class Act

Dorm Room

Note: Last time Jay chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

Chip knew that Buzzy was having a very secretive affair with someone. Each Tuesday, Buzzy’s alarm clock would ring at 1:45am, whereupon Buzzy would sneak out of the dorm by backing out of the window of their first story room. Chip did NOT know that the someone was his own mother, until he spotted her name on a credit card that Buzzy had begun using.

The shock of Buzzy’s betrayal, and of Chip’s mother’s unfaithfulness to his father, made Chip wild with thoughts of revenge. The next Tuesday, Chip slipped a mild sedative into Buzzy’s bedtime soda. It was just enough to keep Buzzy asleep as Chip later carried him (and his alarm clock) up to an unoccupied sixth-story dorm room and into a similarly-situated bed.

When the alarm clock rang at 1:45, a fuzzy Buzzy backed out of the window and dropped six stories to his death. The sedative in Buzzy’s soda was traced to Chip through his fingerprints, telling the true story of the “switched stories.”

The Case:

Buzzy’s body is found near his dormitory on a prep school campus. His roommate, Chip, is arrested for the murder.

The Mystery:

How and why did Chip bump Buzzy off?

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

Hint #1: Chip had a “relatively” good reason to resent his roommate.
Hint #2: Buzzy had the right time, but the wrong story.


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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52 responses to “Monday Mystery: Class Act

  1. Did Chip and Buzzy get along?

  2. Did Buzzy have any dirt on Chip? (Blackmail)

  3. Did Buzzy havea visible, open wound?

    • The card isn’t entirely clear on this one, but I’m going to say the nature of the injury is definitely visible and obvious

  4. Was Buzzy strangled?

  5. Was Buzzy poisoned?

  6. Was Buzzy bludgeoned?

  7. Was Buzzy stabbed?

  8. Was Buzzy shot?

  9. Did the murder involve a “love triangle”?

  10. Were Buzzy and Chip interested in the same love interest?

  11. Was something dropped no Buzzy from a height?

  12. Was the “love interest” an inanimate object?

  13. Was Chip in love with Buzzy?

  14. Was Buzzy dating Chip’s sister?

  15. Was buzzy defenestrated?

  16. Did Buzzy fall from a height?

  17. Was Buzzy dating Chip’s girlfriend?

  18. Was Buzzy dating Chip’s Mom?

  19. How and why did Chip bump Buzzy off?

  20. Chip pushed Buzzy out the window, because he caught Buzzy having intimate relations with Chips Mom.

    The question is, was Chips Mom on the rebound?

    • I don’t usually do compound approaches, but, for clarity:

      Yes, Buzzy died from a fall from a window.
      No, Chip did not push him.
      Yes, Chip’s Mom has got it going on.

  21. So… defenestrate means pushed out a window (had to look it up, thanks for the teaching moment, Jake!). Answer for that was “Yes and No”. Was Buzzy pushed off of the roof?

  22. Was Buzzy pushed off of a ladder?

  23. Second hint is up, and I suspect it may help!

  24. Did Buzzy think he was on the ground floor when jumping out of the window in flight?

  25. Awesome!! Thanks Joe and thank you Jurd for doing this!

  26. Always happy to – this was a fun one (and the solution has been posted.)

    Jay: Easy, medium, or hard?

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