Category Archives: Monday Mystery

Monday Mystery: The Lead Anniversary

Picnic Blanket

Note: Last time Opope chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

One of Bobby’s favourite pastimes was getting romantic on a blanket outdoors in the fresh summer air. Eileen, herself, was looking forward to this sweet ending to their picnic. But as soon as Bobby took the blanket from the car trunk and spread it on the grass, Eileen smelled her sister’s distinctive perfume. It was coming from the blanket! This could mean only one thing: her sister Della had been on this blanket with Bobby!

When the insanely jealous Eileen questioned Bobby about Della, she could tell he was lying. She had forgotten to bring a carving knife to the picnic, so she had to make do with a Colt .45.

The Case:

Eileen was happy! Today was her wedding anniversary. To celebrate, she and her husband Bobby went for a long ride in the country, followed by a picnic on a secluded riverbank. Sometime during the meal, Eileen returned to the car, retrieved Bobby’s revolver from the glove compartment and fired four slugs into her startled husband.

The Mystery:

What made Eileen kill her husband?

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

Hint #1: Eileen smelled a rat
Hint #2: 4.12.2019

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: Sock It to Me

Nemock Starch

Note: Last time Anna chose a medium mystery.

The Solution:

Willie was an airplane pilot who spent lots of time towing advertising banners. His jealous wife had recently learned that while Willie winged it with a banner touting a local beauty contest, he was also taking several of the contestants for joy rides.

Willie took off and landed on a narrow asphalt strip bounded on each side by a treacherously steep gorge. Essential to safe maneuvering was his wind direction indicator, a windsock. After Willie took off on his next flight, his wife used cornstarch to convert the limp windsock into a stiff triangle, indicating a wind direction 90 degrees off actual bearing. Willie missed the strip on his landing, and plunged to his death in a field below.

Officials became suspicious when they spotted the windsock standing at attention in the absence of any wind. When they traced the cornstarch to an empty box in Willie’s widow’s wastebasket, it was “plane” that she was the culprit.

The Case:

Willie is found dead in a field. His wife is arrested when a sock belonging to Willie is examined, along with a container of starch belonging to his wife.

The Mystery:

How did Willie’s wife waste him?

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

Hint #1: The sock was not part of a pair
Hint #2: Willie’s last landing wasn’t exactly a breeze.

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: Dead Ringer

hand

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

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: Screaming Mimi

This image is only relevant in that she was a columnist.

Note: Last time Hugh chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

Mimi McKay had recently called actor Hamilton Alexander a has-been in her much-read column. The column had cost him the lead in a hot new film, and Hamilton wanted to kill her. But it was his wife Stephanie who shut Mimi up for good.

Stephanie, a chemist, went to the same health spa as Mimi. She knew Mimi, but Mimi didn’t know her. When Stephanie overheard the columnist making a late appointment for a massage and whirlpool, she went to her lab, then returned to the spa. First, she knocked the whirlpool attendant unconscious from behind, and hid her in the towel closet. Then she dumped a large container of hydrochloric acid into the whirlpool.

When Mimi arrived, Stephanie pushed her into the whirlpool and quickly ran out the back door. Mimi was instantly burned to death by the searing acid. Never again would she call anyone “all washed up.”

The Case:

Mimi McKay, a cut-throat Hollywood gossip columnist, is found dead in the water.

The Mystery:

Who murdered Mimi, how, and why?

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

Hint #1: Mimi had a late appointment for a massage and whirlpool
Hint #2: The whirlpool attendant was found unconscious

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: Cold Clash

Note: Last time Melissa chose a medium mystery.

Solution:

William Fremont was a captain George Washington’s Continental army, stationed in Valley Forge during the bitter winter of 1778. Like many other southern gentlemen, when William joined the fight he brought along his indentured servant. Joe, the servant, hated his master and yearned for a better life. Joe figured that if the war didn’t kill William, the winter would. And then Joe would be free.

But as the war and the winter lived on, so did William, and Joe decided to take matters into his own hands. Joe found some wild oleander, which he knew was poisonous. That evening, Joe brought William his meager dinner, garnished with plenty of poison. William ate heartily and died quickly. The murder was never detected because so many soldiers died of exposure that winter at Valley Forge. In the meantime, Joe slyly worked his way north and became a free man.

The Case:

Captain William Fremont, a handsome 20-year-old, is found dead in the snow. His murder is never detected.

The Mystery:

How was Fremont killed? And why was his murder undetected?

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

Hint #1: William came from a wealthy family
Hint #2: History has recorded it as a particularly bitter winter.

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: 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.