Category Archives: Monday Mystery

Monday Mystery: Color Me Dead

Paint Can

Note: Last time Woodard chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

The Green Guerrillas were a band of eco-terrorists that sought revenge from the county that had built a new road through a wetlands area.

At four a.m., the terrorists blocked off the new section of Foggy Bend road from traffic with detour signs. At the road’s hairpin turn, they used black paint to eliminate the white lines down the center of the road; with the white paint they redrew the center line, aiming it straight off the edge of the road and into the soggy wetlands below.

After the detour signs were removed, traffic began to move on the sabotaged road. As always, there was a thick fog on the road and the drivers had to follow the white line.

By the time the police arrived, a total of 33 vehicles had piled up in the worst traffic disaster in state history. The accident also resulted in two deaths and charges of murder to the band of terrorists.

The Case:

During the trial, two key pieces of evidence are a can of black paint and a can of white paint.

The Mystery:

Who’s on trial? What was the crime? How and why was it committed?

Hint #1: The people on trial are a band of eco-terrorists.
Hint #2: The crime scene was the newly-opened Foggy Bend road.

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 Awesome Arson

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

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: Open and Clothes Case

Broom

Note: Last time Jake chose an easy mystery.

The Case:

A woman suddenly disappears from her home, leaving all of her clothes behind – even the ones she’s wearing!

The Mystery:

What became of the woman?

The Solution:

The Land is Oz, and the woman is the Wicked Witch of the West. Dorothy melted her with a bucket of water, and Ding Dong – the witch was dead, leaving only a puddle of water and the clothes she was wearing.

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

Hint #1: The woman was from the west.
Hint #2: 21.02.2020

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 Mystery: Capital Crime

Beer Bottle Cap

Note: Last time Encaf chose a medium mystery.

The Case:

If it hadn’t been for that beer bottle cap, they would never have figured out that Paul was murdered by his wife, Paula.

The Mystery:

How did she do it?

The Solution:

Paul and Paula had a good marriage, until she became an animal rights activist and he an avid bear hunter. Heated arguments eventually gave way to a silent, resentful animosity. Finally, Paula realized she liked animals a lot more than she liked Paul, and decided to spare their lives by ending his.

Paula prepared for Paul’s next bear-hunting adventure by sewing powerful little ceramic magnets into the lining of his thick gloves – the gloves which held his compass as he navigated the mountains. Consequently, Paul spent his last hours wandering around in circles on a cloudy day with a wind chill factor of -28 degrees. When rescuers found Paul’s frozen body, the magnets were discovered when the cap of his beer remained stuck to his glove. Paula was arrested when identical magnets and thread were found in her home, and the “grizzly” affair was concluded.

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

Hint #1: If Paula had just told Paul to get lost, he’d probably be alive today.
Hint #2: Paula had a magnetic personality

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.