Thursday, October 21, 2021
  (126) Minute Mysteries  
About Minute Mysteries

  • The object of minute mysteries (aka lateral thinking puzzles) is for you to unravel the mystery, based on very limited and somewhat ambiguous clues.
  • You are given a scenario (usually involving a death of some sort), and you have to deduce what has happened.
  • Someone must look at the solution so that you can ask them questions to try and figure it out.
  • The questions have to be phrased so that the only possible answers are yes, no or not relevant.
  • There is no limit to the number of questions, and it can be helpful to have multiple people working on the case.
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Mysteries 1 – 20

Mystery # 1 - In the middle of the ocean is a yacht…
Mystery # 2 - Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice all live in the same house…
Mystery # 3 - A woman comes home with a bag of groceries, gets the mail, and walks…
Mystery # 4 - A body is discovered in a park in Chicago in the middle of summer…
Mystery # 5 - A man lives on the twelfth floor of an apartment building…
Mystery # 6 - A woman has incontrovertible proof in court that her husband was murdered…
Mystery # 7 - A man walks into a bar and asks for a drink. The bartender pulls out a gun…
Mystery # 8 - A man is in a returning from Switzerland by train. If he had been in a…
Mystery # 9 - Music stops and a woman dies.
Mystery # 10 - A man goes into a restaurant, orders albatross, eats one bite, and kills himself.
Mystery # 11 - A man is found hanging in a locked room with no furniture and a puddle of…
Mystery # 12 - A man is dead in a puddle of blood and water on the floor of a locked room.
Mystery # 13 - A man is lying, dead, face down in the desert wearing a backpack.
Mystery # 14 - A man is lying face down, dead, in the desert, with a match near his…
Mystery # 15 - A man is driving his car. He turns on the radio, listens for five minutes…
Mystery # 16 - A man driving his car turns on the radio. He then pulls over to the side…
Mystery # 17 - A man is dead in a room with sawdust in one corner.
Mystery # 18 - A pile of sawdust, no net, a man dies.
Mystery # 19 - A rope breaks. A bell rings. A man dies.
Mystery # 20 - A man sitting on a park bench reads a newspaper article headlined "Death…

Mysteries 21 – 40

Mystery # 21 - A man is riding a subway. He meets a one-armed man…
Mystery # 22 - Two women are talking. One goes into the bathroom…
Mystery # 23 - A man is sitting in bed. He makes a phone call, says nothing…
Mystery # 24 - A man kills his wife, then goes inside his house and kills himself.
Mystery # 25 - Abel walks out of the ocean. Cain asks him who he is…
Mystery # 26 - Two men, one big and burly and the other short and thin…
Mystery # 27 - Joe leaves his house, wearing a mask…
Mystery # 28 - A man takes a two week cruise to Mexico from the U.S…
Mystery # 29 - Hans and Fritz are German spies during World War II…
Mystery # 30 - Tim and Greg were talking. Tim said "The terror of flight"…
Mystery # 31 - A man is found dead in his parked car. Tire tracks lead…
Mystery # 32 - A man dies in his own home.
Mystery # 33 - A woman in Paris in 1895 is waiting for her husband…
Mystery # 34 - A man gets onto an elevator. When the elevator stops…
Mystery # 35 - A policeman follows a burglar into a bar…
Mystery # 36 - She lost her job when she invited them to dinner.
Mystery # 37 - He couldn't find a chair, so he died.
Mystery # 38 - A car without a driver moves; a man dies.
Mystery # 39 - As I drive to work on my motorcycle, there is one corner
Mystery # 40 - A woman throws something out a window and dies.

Mysteries 41 – 60

Mystery # 41 - An avid birdwatcher sees an unexpected bird. Soon he's dead.
Mystery # 42 - A man shoots himself, and dies.
Mystery # 43 - A man walks into a room, shoots, and kills himself.
Mystery # 44 - Adults are holding children, waiting their turn…
Mystery # 45 - A man marries twenty women in his village…
Mystery # 46 - There are two people dead in a cabin in the woods.
Mystery # 47 - A man pushes a car up to a hotel and realizes he's bankrupt.
Mystery # 48 - She said "I love you," and died.
Mystery # 49 - As a man jumps out of a window, he hears the telephone ring…
Mystery # 50 - A man is found dead on the floor in the living room.
Mystery # 51 - A man is sitting in a train compartment. He sees a three-fingered…
Mystery # 52 - There is a dead man lying in the desert next to a rock.
Mystery # 53 - A man is found dead in the arctic with a pack on his back.
Mystery # 54 - A man is lying dead in a room. There is a large pile of gold…
Mystery # 55 - A man goes home, turns out the light, and goes to bed…
Mystery # 56 - A raft carrying passengers took a trip down the Amazon.
Mystery # 57 - A man is lying dead in a pool of blood and glass.
Mystery # 58 - A woman walks up to a door and knocks…
Mystery # 59 - There is blood on the ceiling of my bedroom.
Mystery # 60 - A woman goes into a convenience store to buy a can of Coke…

Mysteries 61 – 80

Mystery # 61 - A newspaper reported the following: "Yesterday…
Mystery # 62 - Two children born in the same hospital, in the same hour…
Mystery # 63 - A couple will build a square house. In each wall they'll have…
Mystery # 64 - There are a pipe, a carrot and a pile of pebbles together in the
Mystery # 65 - The telephone rang in the middle of the night and the woman woke up…
Mystery # 66 - The seals came up to do their show but immediately dove back
Mystery # 67 - A man is found dead in an alley lying in a pool of red…
Mystery # 68 - A man called to a waiter in a restaurant, "There's a fly in my tea!"…
Mystery # 69 - A man is found dead outside a large marble building…
Mystery # 70 - An ordinary American citizen, with a clean police record…
Mystery # 71 - Three heavy people try to crowd under one umbrella…
Mystery # 72 - A black man dressed all in black, wearing a black mask…
Mystery # 73 - The wind stopped blowing and the man died.
Mystery # 74 - An Arab sheik tells his two sons that are to race their camels…
Mystery # 75 - A man puts a quarter down, and leaves.
Mystery # 76 - A man lies dead next to a feather.
Mystery # 77 - A man carrying an attaché case full of $20 bills falls…
Mystery # 78 - The pope is giving a speech. A man in the audience shoots…
Mystery # 79 - A man travels to twenty countries and stays in each country for a month…
Mystery # 80 - King Henry VIII is lying at the bottom of the stairs with a gash…

Mysteries 81 – 100

Mystery # 81 - Joe wants to go home, but he can't go home…
Mystery # 82 - A man lies dead in a room with fifty-three bicycles in front of him.
Mystery # 83 - Two people are playing cards. One looks around and realizes…
Mystery # 84 - A woman opens an envelope and dyes.
Mystery # 85 - A man is holding a box. Though he cannot see into it…
Mystery # 86 - A man was walking along some railroad tracks
Mystery # 87 - A man was going about his daily occupation when he noticed…
Mystery # 88 - A train pulls into a station, but none of the waiting passengers move.
Mystery # 89 - In his own home a man watches as a woman dies…
Mystery # 90 - There is a dead man, a beetle on top of a book, and a pile of bricks.
Mystery # 91 - A dish moves, a scientist makes a discovery.
Mystery # 92 - A man is alone on an island with no food and no water…
Mystery # 93 - A husband coming home hears his wife call "Bill, don't kill me!"…
Mystery # 94 - Bruce wins the race, but he gets no trophy.
Mystery # 95 - A man rolls over a glass bottle. He travels the last 100 miles
Mystery # 96 - Man pleads with boss not to fly to Chicago…
Mystery # 97 - On an archaeological dig, the frozen remains of a man and woman…
Mystery # 98 - A horse jumps over a tower and lands on a man, who disappears.
Mystery # 99 - It's the year 860 A.D., at Camelot. Two priests are sitting…
Mystery # 100 - Two people are talking long distance on the phone

Mysteries 101 – 126

Mystery # 101 - A boy and his father are injured in a car accident…
Mystery # 102 - The glass breaks, and then the man dies.
Mystery # 103 - A man is running. He sees lights flickering and begins to walk.
Mystery # 104 - A woman goes to the doctor. Later that evening she kills herself.
Mystery # 105 - A man is lying dead in a room. There is a large pile of gold…
Mystery # 106 - A woman buys a new pair of shoes, goes to work, and dies.
Mystery # 107 - A car without a driver moves; a man dies.
Mystery # 108 - She grabbed his ring, pulled on it, and dropped it, thereby saving his life.
Mystery # 109 - Mr. Browning is glad the car ran out of gas.
Mystery # 110 - A man leaves a motel room, goes to his car, honks the horn, and returns.
Mystery # 111 - Two dead people sit in their cars on a street.
Mystery # 112 - A man ran into a fire and lived. A man stayed where there was no fire and died.
Mystery # 113 - Three men die. On the pavement are pieces of ice and broken glass.
Mystery # 114 - Two people in a room alone. One looks around and realizes
Mystery # 115 A man is alone on an island with no food and no water
Mystery # 116 - A man walks into a room, shoots, and kills himself
Mystery # 117 - Beulah died in the Appalachians, while Craig died at sea
Mystery # 118 - A man was brought before a tribal chief, who asked him a question
Mystery # 119 - A writer with an audience of millions insisted that he was never
Mystery # 120 - A young woman is whisked away to a far off land, where she kills…
Mystery # 121 - Three men are dead near a car.
Mystery # 122 - A murderer is condemned to death. He has to choose between three…
Mystery # 123 - A woman shoots her husband. Then she holds him under water…
Mystery # 124 - A very rich man hires a poor man to clean one wing of his extravagant
Mystery # 125 - He was killed because of poor eyesight.
Mystery # 126 - Two men look at each other and start to argue…
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