Category Archives: Monday Mystery

Monday-ish Mystery: Goodbye, Dolly!

Note: Last time Jay chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

Elderly tycoon Elmore Channing III had been promising to marry mistress Dolly Dollerz for two years. Tired of waiting, she stole $50,000 from Elmore’s library safe, and was making her getaway when Elmore stopped her with his sudden marriage proposal. Dolly realized that instead of a mere $50,000, she’d have access to millions by marrying Elmore and waiting for him to die. She accepted.

That night, Dolly crept down to the library to return Elmore’s money before he discovered it missing. But Elmore was a light sleeper and caught Dolly as she was putting back the cash. Ironically, he assumed she was stealing from him and threatened to have her arrested. Dolly grabbed the fireplace poker and used it to change his mind with a sharp blow to the head. Unfortunately, the poker was too persuasive and Elmore dropped to the floor – dead! Since marriage was then out of the question, Dolly again took the $50,000 and fled.

The Case:

Aging millionaire Elmore Channing III hobbles out to the front lawn of his elegant mansion. Dolly, his beautiful young mistress, is walking towards her car. “Please come back, Dolly,” the sick old man pleads. “I’ll do anything. I’ll even marry you!”

Dolly stops and turns towards Elmore. “Well it’s about time!” she says as she follows him back to the mansion. “I want to get married soon!”

That night the millionaire dies in his library. Days later, Dolly is found in a distant motel with $50,000 hidden in a sack. She is arrested for murder.

The Mystery:

How and why did Dolly kill the rich old codger?

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

Hint #1: The millionaire’s library was a “safe” place
Hint #2: Dolly wanted to give back a little to gain a lot

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: Mind Bender

Hospital Bed

Note: Last time Colorado Joe chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

The victim, Jacques Gusto, and his partner Cal Ipso were diving together far offshore at a depth of 200 feet, looking for sunken treasure. Cal had spotted the gold – but instead of telling Jacques, he planned an “accident” for him so he could keep the loot for himself.

Before their next dive, Cal tinkered with Jacques’ diving watch to slow its movement. Then Cal feigned illness, knowing that the daredevil Jacques would foolishly dive alone. Because his watch was slow, Jacques stayed down much longer than he should have for a safe dive. Not realizing the length of his dive would require him to decompress as he ascended, Jacques came up too fast and developed a sever case of the bends. By the time the boat docked and Jacques was rushed to the hospital, it was too late.

What the alert doctor noticed was that Jacques’ watch was running more slowly than his own. Police found Cal’s fingerprints inside the watch, and it was only a matter of time before Cal confessed.

The Case:

Jacques dies in the hospital. The doctor who treats him notices something unusual, and reports it to the police. Later, Jacques’ partner Cal is arrested for murder.

The Mystery:

How did Jacques die? What did the doctor notice, and why was Cal arrested?

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

Hint #1: Jacques and Cal had been searching for treasure
Hint #2: The doctor made a “timely” discovery

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: 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

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: Crossing to the Other Side

A black sedan

Note: Last time Doc Blue chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

It wasn’t Senator Sherman who was the target. It was his chauffeur, Rocko.

Rocko was a heavy gambler who was behind in his payments to a local loan shark. After weeks of excuses, the greedy moneylender decided Rocko must pay – with his life!

The assassin-to-be was disguised as a tollbooth attendant when the limousine approached the bridge. Rocko was just about to pay the toll when the killer pulled the gun. Rocko quickly pressed the button to close the electric window and floored the accelerator, causing the killer to misfire into the back seat – and unfortunately into the Senator. Rocko, who lost control of the car, was knocked out in the accident, but when he regained consciousness he told the police everything!

The Case:

Senator Sherman’s car had just pulled onto the long suspension bridge when it went wildly out of control. The car careened across the divider and slammed into the oncoming traffic. The bullet-proof windows were up and the doors locked. Inside was the Senator, dead – shot once through the head. No gun was found in the car.

The Mystery:

Who killed the Senator? What was the motive? And how could he have been shot in a locked car?

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

Hint #1: Crossing the bridge took its toll on the Senator.

Hint #2: The Senator was a driven man

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: The Sparkled Band

Tangentially related image

Note: Last time Hugh chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

Tanya the tightrope walker and Connie the cat lady were both in love with Clyde Batty, the circus ringmaster. When Connie caught Clyde’s eye, Tanya took offense and plotted revenge.

Just before showtime the next night, Tanya pulled a switcheroo. She placed the identifying sparkling collar of Connie’s prized tigress on Sheila, a look-alike cat who had just begun training. Instead of Connie’s tigress, Sheila was brought out for the grand finale. Seeing the familiar collar, Connie didn’t realize she’d been conned as she performed her final trick: opening the cat’s jaws and sticking her head inside.

The hungry Sheila, who didn’t know any better, thought dinner was served. When she took a bite, poor Connie lost her head. Police investigated, found sequins from Tanya’s costume in Sheila’s cage, and quickly collared Tanya.

The Case:

Connie lies dead in a ring with Sheila. Police arrest Tanya for Connie’s murder, and Sheila goes free.

The Mystery:

How did Tanya kill Connie? What role did Sheila play?

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

Hint #1: The classic love triangle started it all

Hint #2: Of the three females, one is not human

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: The Master Plan

Television

Note: Last week Doc Blue chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

Lord Faluntit knew that Jasper, his loyal servant, always played the same numbers in the lottery. That night on the news, the winning numbers were announced and the master knew immediately that Jasper had won ten million pounds. He rang for his servant and when the excited lottery winner entered the room, the two of them discussed Jasper’s plans for a life of leisure. But Lord Flauntit had other plans for Jasper’s winnings. Flauntit was on the verge of bankruptcy and desperately needed to acquire the winning lottery ticket. But how? Jasper had hidden the ticket well until he could cash it in.

Lord Flauntit reasoned that a small fire would serve two purposes. It would scare Jasper into retrieving the ticket and would also make Jasper’s “fall” from the window more plausible. The master started the fire in a hall wastebasket. When he heard Jasper rummaging around in his room, Flauntit burst in on his servant, clubbed him senseless, stole his ticket and pushed him headfirst out of the window.

A local barmaid also knew of Jasper’s winning numbers. When Lord Flauntit tried to cash in the ticket, she went straight to the coppers.

The Case:

Late one evening, Lord Flauntint is in his study watching television. He rings a little bell and Jasper, his butler, enters the room. The master and servant have a brief conversation, at the end of which Jasper gives his notice.

At midnight, a fire breaks out at Flauntit Hall. When the firefighters arrive, they find Jasper’s body spread-eagle on the gravel driveway. He is quite dead. The firefighters assume that in his panic to escape the fire, Jasper jumped out of his third story bedroom window and broke his neck in the fall.

The firefighters easily put out the small blaze and then call the constable. The entire county is shocked when the respectable Lord Flauntit is later arrested for arson and murder.

The Mystery:

Why did Lord Flauntit kill Jasper and set the fire?

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

Hint #1: It was Jasper’s lucky day, and his unlucky day!

Hint #2: Posted 6PM

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.