Monday Mystery: The Awesome Arson


Note: Last time Jay chose an easy mystery.

The Case:

Awesome Imports has gone bankrupt. The company’s warehouse is padlocked until the inventory can be sold at auction. Only the court-appointed receiver has the keys. But Eric, the owner, gets lucky. A fire starts in the securely locked warehouse, burning down the building and all of its contents. The insurance money will pay off the company’s debts and leave a tidy profit, too.

The police are sure that Eric torched his business for the insurance money. What they can’t figure out is how he got inside the warehouse to do it.

The Mystery:

How did Eric Awesome torch his padlocked warehouse?

The Solution:

Eric never entered the warehouse to burn it down, but he DID buy a large telescope and removed its biconvex lens used to focus light.

Shortly before the courts padlocked the building, the diabolical Eric uncrated a shipment of Hawaiian grass skirts and placed them near a rear window. Then a week later, on a sunny day, he stood outside the warehouse window and used the else to focus sunlight onto the highly flammable grass skirts. The window glass cut much of the intensity, but it was still enough to set the skirts on fire. Aloha, Awesome Imports!

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

Hint #1: 12.03.2020
Hint #2: 13.03.2020


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.

17 responses to “Monday Mystery: The Awesome Arson

  1. Did he place something in the warehouse that had a timer?

  2. Was there a remote-controlled toy inside the warehouse that he was able to pilot from outside to start the fire?

  3. Was there a window on the warehouse?

  4. Did he use a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s rays through the window and spark it?

  5. Was there access to the building through sewers or tunnels under the building?

  6. Was there a taller building next to the warehouse from which to zip line into the window?

  7. Was the fire started from the inside of the warehouse?

  8. Was the window in the warehouse broken before the fire?

  9. Is the window involved in the caper?

  10. We needed a quick victory after this week! Nice work, Jonathan!

  11. Solution is up!

  12. Wow! That was fast! Good job!!

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