Category Archives: Monday Mystery

Monday Mystery: Tune in for Murder

Blank TV

Note: Last time Colorado Linda chose a medium mystery.

The Case:

Elderly Nigel Harper-Smith is found dead of a heart attack in front of his TV set.

The Mystery:

Who killed Nigel and how?

Hint #1: Nigel’s own TV was in the repair shop
Hint #2: Nigel and his wife had eyeglasses with identical frames but opposite prescriptions

Note:

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.

Monday Mystery: Jack Knifed

Bloody Knife

Note: Last time Jonathan Woodard chose an easy mystery.

The Case:

A teenager is taking her regular shortcut to school when she comes upon a gruesome sight in the woods. Lying on the path is the body of her neighbour, Jack Cutnick, with a bloody knife protruding from his chest. The girl runs away in fear, but returns to the site with the police. Jack’s body has disappeared and all that remains are a few drops of his blood.

The police never find the body. A month later, however, they serve a search warrant on Archie Gore, a traveling salesman who lives 50 miles away. Hidden in his garage are Jack’s bloody clothing, his wedding ring, and a photo of Jack with his arms around Archie’s wife. The police arrest Archie, but not for murder.

The Solution:

The police didn’t arrest Archie for murder because Archie and Jack were the same person. Archie was leading a double life, with two wives who completely unaware of each other’s existence. Archie was a traveling salesman, giving the bigamist husband the perfect excuse for periodic absences.

Archie decided to simplify his life and do away with his alter ego. He staged the murder so that “Jack’s” wife could collect on his new insurance policy. Archie knew that his young neighbor was the only one who walked through the woods at that time of day, and correctly assumed that she would run to get help.

When Jack’s photo appeared on the news, a neighbor of Archie’s noticed the resemblance and called the police. They couldn’t arrest Archive for murder, but they DID arrest him for insurance fraud and bigamy.

The Mystery:

What happened to Jack and why did the police arrest Archie?

Hint #1: Archie was trying to simplify his life
Hint #2: 06.05.2020

Note:

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.

Monday-ish Mystery: Gorgeous George

Search Warrant

Note: Last time Jay chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

Each year, George challenged Mike to join him in another brainless, daredevil adventure. Last year it was bullfighting; the year before it was hang gliding. This year, George announced that the two of them would bungee jump off the bridge at the Gruesome Gorge. Fed up with these reckless adventures, Mike said, “No way.”

George replied that if Mike backed out, he’d tell Mike’s wife about Mike’s fling with a chambermaid in Tijuana the year before. The threat sent Mike off the deep end. Desperate and angry, he visited the bridge at Gruesome Gorge. A popular place for bungee jumping, the bridge sported a rectangular metal marker which read “777 FEET ABOVE RIVER.” He then replaced it with a marker that read “888 FEET ABOVE RIVER.”

When the day arrived, Mike dared George to jump first. George obliged, and learned the hard way that his jump was over 100 feet too long. The officer discovered the original metal marker in Mike’s house, and jumped to the right conclusion.

The Case:

The officer serving the search warrant found the metal rectangle he was looking for, and arrested Mark for George’s murder.

The Mystery:

What was the metal rectangle?

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

Hint #1: George “fell” for Mike’s clever switch
Hint #2: Mike was at the end of his rope when he hatched his plot

Note:

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.