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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #680 on: 11 Apr 2017, 14:19 »
Case #20 - A man is killed. After his body is found it is kept at his workplace permanently. What's going on?

YES
By body did you mean his body is still intact?
Are other bodies also stored in his workplace?
Is his workplace a building (and not something like "the whole world")?
Does this case take place in modern times? *
Is the man human?
Is the body put on long-term display?
Sorry, I'm confused... is this a yes or a no: Does this case take place in modern times? *
Does he die before modern times and is found and put on display in modern times?
Was he found buried?
Is the place he's kept some kind of museum?
Is his body an exhibit?
Was the building a museum when he worked there?
Was he killed by a person?
Is the body decayed to the point where no preservation is necessary (e.g. a skeleton)?
Is the body a skeleton?
Are the remains more than 500 years old?
Is it pure happenstance that he's exhibited in the museum where he used to work?
Is the place primarily a museum (i.e. it is not a secondary function)?
Was he killed in a war?
Was he recovered from a mass grave?
Is it a museum of history?
Is the museum located in Europe?
Are the remains more than 1000 years old?
Are the remains more than 750 years old?
Are the remains more than 1,250 years old?
Are the remains more than 1,500 years old?
Is time travel involved?


NO
Was he a construction worker?
Is his body buried?
Is cement involved in the case?
Did he work in the medical field?
Did he work in a university?
Was he a mummy?
Did he work in a cemetery?
Did he die in his workplace?
Is his body trapped in a wall?
Did he work on a pyramid?
Was he cremated?
Was taxidermy involved?
Would his body be stored there whether or not he was killed (in whatever way he is killed)?
Is his workplace a church?
Does this case take place in modern times? *
Was he buried at sea?
Is "his body" an oblique reference to a body of work?
Was he killed because of his job (or for not doing his job)?
Are (most of) the other bodies stored with him also people who worked there?
Sorry, I'm confused... is this a yes or a no: Does this case take place in modern times? *
Has this person been put in cryogenic stance?
Did he worked at a wax museum?
Is his body preserved so as not to decay?
Is his individual identity known after his body is found?
Was his body preserved in ice?
Did he live in Italy?
Is it a religious building?
Or is the building some kind of dynastic/family building (e.g. a palace or mansion)?
Was the man killed by an erupting volcano?
Was the killing a crime?
Was he executed?
Is the body medieval?
was the man a historical figure?
was the man famous in any way?
Is the museum built over the remains of a different type of building from the time during which the man died?
Is it a science museum?
Is it a museum of art?
Was he burned to death?
Was he burned after death?
Is the man King Richard III?
Do dead bodies make up a large proportion (say a majority) of the museum's exhibits?
Is this a real case?


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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #681 on: 11 Apr 2017, 14:38 »
OK, so a guy works at a museum, somehow gets transported back in time, is killed in some long-ago war, and his remains are uncovered and brought back to the museum as a display.

Maybe he even digs up his own skeleton, or at least studies it in the museum? Maybe that's how he comes across whatever it is that sends him back in time in the first place?

(The story has some echoes of Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp.)

Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #682 on: 11 Apr 2017, 14:38 »
Was he originally a time traveler?
Are the remains older than 0 A.D.?

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #683 on: 11 Apr 2017, 15:22 »
OK, so a guy works at a museum, somehow gets transported back in time, is killed in some long-ago war, and his remains are uncovered and brought back to the museum as a display.

Maybe he even digs up his own skeleton, or at least studies it in the museum? Maybe that's how he comes across whatever it is that sends him back in time in the first place?

(The story has some echoes of Lest Darkness Fall by L. Sprague de Camp.)

Indeed.

Solution:
The man was so in love with the past that he became an archivist at a museum. But this did not feed his obsession with the past enough, so he worked for many years to invent a time machine so he could go back and see it for himself. He travelled back in time over 50,000 years to prehistoric Europe but, unfortunately for him, he appeared right in the middle of a tribal war and was killed before he could escape.

His skeleton was excavated in modern times and was noteworthy enough for its seemingly advanced evolution compared to the many other skeletons dug up at the site that it was put on display at the museum the man worked at (and we can only assume that this man had perfect teeth so had never needed any dental work, nor had badly broken any bones and hadn't needed a metal bolt or plate inserted).

And, yes, the man did indeed work on the skeleton, preparing it for display, and then walking by it every day at work, never suspecting that it was his own.


(I've never read that story though and this case was my original idea, although I did think later that it does bear a resemblance to a sub-plot in the book/movie "Timeline"...)

I declare Snarky head "time-cop", and hand the next case over to him...

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #684 on: 11 Apr 2017, 16:19 »
Anyone else want a go? I feel like I've taken a lot of turns.

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #685 on: 12 Apr 2017, 06:57 »
Anyone else want a go? I feel like I've taken a lot of turns.

As have I, but I mentioned that I had thought up two cases and, as nobody else has jumped in, I'll just hog the next round:

Case #21 - A man makes a phone call. Nobody answers, but the man ends up facing criminal charges because of the call. What's going on?

YES



NO



* These questions are on both lists meaning the answer to them is: "Yes and No"

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #686 on: 12 Apr 2017, 07:56 »
Is he a blackmailer?
Does he do criminal calls?
Is it a case with something fictional involved (i.e. something is getting spaghettified or beamed through time)?

Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #687 on: 12 Apr 2017, 08:43 »
Does the phone call trigger a bomb?

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #688 on: 12 Apr 2017, 10:42 »
Case #21 - A man makes a phone call. Nobody answers, but the man ends up facing criminal charges because of the call. What's going on?

YES



NO
Is he a blackmailer?
Does he do criminal calls?
Is it a case with something fictional involved (i.e. something is getting spaghettified or beamed through time)?
Does the phone call trigger a bomb?



* These questions are on both lists meaning the answer to them is: "Yes and No"
« Last Edit: 12 Apr 2017, 13:37 by Mandle »

Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #689 on: 12 Apr 2017, 11:45 »
D'oh... was he driving when he made the call?

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #690 on: 12 Apr 2017, 12:24 »
Is he guilty of what he's charged with?
Is making the phone call part of the crime he's being charged with?
Do the authorities use his fingerprints, call record, or some other clue produced by him making the call as evidence to tie him to some other crime?

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #691 on: 12 Apr 2017, 13:03 »
Is he stalking someone?
Is he calling on someone else's bill?
Did he rob the phone(s)?

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #692 on: 12 Apr 2017, 13:43 »
Case #21 - A man makes a phone call. Nobody answers, but the man ends up facing criminal charges because of the call. What's going on?

YES
Is he guilty of what he's charged with?
Do the authorities use his fingerprints, call record, or some other clue produced by him making the call as evidence to tie him to some other crime?


NO
Is he a blackmailer?
Does he do criminal calls?
Is it a case with something fictional involved (i.e. something is getting spaghettified or beamed through time)?
Does the phone call trigger a bomb?
was he driving when he made the call?
Is making the phone call part of the crime he's being charged with?
Is he stalking someone?
Is he calling on someone else's bill?
Did he rob the phone(s)?


* These questions are on both lists meaning the answer to them is: "Yes and No"

Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #693 on: 12 Apr 2017, 13:47 »
Was he calling for a driver?
Was there a theft?

Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #694 on: 12 Apr 2017, 14:03 »
Does he make a phone call from the scene of the crime?
Does he make a phone call near the scene of the crime?

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #695 on: 12 Apr 2017, 14:35 »
Case #21 - A man makes a phone call. Nobody answers, but the man ends up facing criminal charges because of the call. What's going on?

YES
Is he guilty of what he's charged with?
Do the authorities use his fingerprints, call record, or some other clue produced by him making the call as evidence to tie him to some other crime?


NO
Is he a blackmailer?
Does he do criminal calls?
Is it a case with something fictional involved (i.e. something is getting spaghettified or beamed through time)?
Does the phone call trigger a bomb?
was he driving when he made the call?
Is making the phone call part of the crime he's being charged with?
Is he stalking someone?
Is he calling on someone else's bill?
Did he rob the phone(s)?
Was he calling for a driver?
Was there a theft?
Does he make a phone call from the scene of the crime?
Does he make a phone call near the scene of the crime?


* These questions are on both lists meaning the answer to them is: "Yes and No"

Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #696 on: 12 Apr 2017, 14:58 »
Was the phone call made using a mobile phone?
The the police / authorities use the call record (specifically) as incriminating evidence?
Was the phone ringing in itself a signal to someone?

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #697 on: 12 Apr 2017, 15:03 »
Is the crime (or one of the crimes) he's charged with a murder?
Did he have any accomplices for the crime?
Did he call (or pretend to call) the victim of the crime?

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Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #698 on: 12 Apr 2017, 15:13 »
Case #21 - A man makes a phone call. Nobody answers, but the man ends up facing criminal charges because of the call. What's going on?

YES
Is he guilty of what he's charged with?
Do the authorities use his fingerprints, call record, or some other clue produced by him making the call as evidence to tie him to some other crime?
Was the phone ringing in itself a signal to someone? *
Did he call (or pretend to call) the victim of the crime? *


NO
Is he a blackmailer?
Does he do criminal calls?
Is it a case with something fictional involved (i.e. something is getting spaghettified or beamed through time)?
Does the phone call trigger a bomb?
was he driving when he made the call?
Is making the phone call part of the crime he's being charged with?
Is he stalking someone?
Is he calling on someone else's bill?
Did he rob the phone(s)?
Was he calling for a driver?
Was there a theft?
Does he make a phone call from the scene of the crime?
Does he make a phone call near the scene of the crime?
Was the phone call made using a mobile phone?
Was the phone ringing in itself a signal to someone? *
Is the crime (or one of the crimes) he's charged with a murder?
Did he have any accomplices for the crime?
Did he call (or pretend to call) the victim of the crime? *
The the police / authorities use the call record (specifically) as incriminating evidence?


* These questions are on both lists meaning the answer to them is: "Yes and No"
« Last Edit: 12 Apr 2017, 15:16 by Mandle »

Re: The "Black Stories" crime riddles thread
« Reply #699 on: 12 Apr 2017, 15:35 »
Was he caught in a sting?
Is he charged with espionage?
Is he charged with conspiracy?