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The Case of the Mischief Maker

Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.


Puzzle ID:#17325
Fun:*** (2.16)
Difficulty:* (0.57)
Submitted By:doggyxpus*****
Corrected By:dumbell




One hot, dry day Nina saw Mr. Bentz shaking his head as he stood by his flowerbed.
"Somebody ruined all my flowers," he said. "I had the hose out watering them. When I went to put it away, somebody tromped through the rows and stomped on my flowers."
"Who'd do a mean thing like that?" Nina asked.
Mr. Bentz sighed. "Somebody who likes mischief, I guess."
"I'm walking to the mall now. Maybe later I can find out who did it," Nina told him. Soon she saw three girls playing hopscotch. She decided to stop and watch how expertly they moved over the chalk marks.
Lindsay had to hop very carefully because one of the straps was broken on her left sandal.
Katie hopped slowly. She wore purple sneakers that looked worn-out. Katie seemed worn-out, too.
Sarah hopped the fastest. The muddy soles of her white jogging shoes hardly seemed to touch the sidewalk as she moved.
"Would you like to play a game?" Katie asked. "I think I'll sit this one out."
"Sorry. I'm going shopping," Nina told her. Then she paused. Suddenly she knew Sarah had ruined Mr. Bentz's garden.

How did Nina figure it out?

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Apr 16, 2004

A kindegarten level teaser at best - you need to introduce a complication or two to your clues - even Dr. Watson would have no trouble with this one
Jun 04, 2004

I, too, found this one very simple, but a good effort. Well written, too.
Jun 07, 2004

The "hot, dry" hint in the beginning is not even noticed in the beginning of the story. When you said her shoes were muddy, It was just too obvious who had done it.
Jun 19, 2004

Yes, I too found this one easy. However, I don't remember a requirement for Braingle stating that teasers had to be hard to be accepted.
Aug 14, 2004 simple and so easy. even a 10 year old could get this.
Aug 23, 2004

Oct 06, 2004

I have to agree.
Oct 11, 2004

this one was way too easy
Oct 17, 2004

" simple and so easy. even a 10 year old could get this"

As someone who was once a ten year old, I take offense to that. A four year old could've gotten it.
Nov 05, 2004

yah well i happen to be 12 and i knew the answer before i even finished reading it
Nov 08, 2004

Well Written. Although, it was so simple that a three or four year old could get this right.
Nov 09, 2004

Come on that was a tiny bit too easy don't you think?
Nov 23, 2004

Even as slow as i am i got this one right off the bat! I mean give me a lil bit harder one.
Dec 03, 2004

Umm... everyone just shut up. i mean if you want a harder one go to one that was rated harder.
Dec 05, 2004

rite on baby girl. it was rated really low, so why didi u guys click on it if u knew it was going to be really easy? people can be so retarted sometimes!!
Dec 12, 2004

I agree with babygirl. But I still think it was easy. That's why I went to it
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Dec 19, 2004

I agree with the messages above. We need easy ones for beginners to the site. I think it was well written, and a good puzzle for people like me who never get them right
Dec 20, 2004

I'm 10 years old, and as soon as I read the muddy shoes part, I got it, but it was neat
Jan 03, 2005

Jan 05, 2005

Well written. It was a little too easy, but people make good points that you can just go to a harder one if you want a challenge. It may have helped to at least say, "When she looked at the girls, she knew which one had done it" instead of telling us who had done it. It was so obvious, you had to wonder if there was a trick.
Feb 18, 2005

Very fun, but wayyyyyyyy to easy.
Feb 18, 2005

i happen to be 11 and i got this one in like 3 seconds.
Feb 18, 2005

You have got to be kidding me! I'd say me 2 year old cousin could get that one!
Mar 20, 2005

Wow, some people here are rude! Yes, the teaser is really easy --- so why do people who want hard teasers click the ones that are rated easy.... unless some people just like to complain..?
May 19, 2005

Extremely easy!!! You gave the answer away with the 'muddy' part. It was a good one, though.
May 20, 2005

To cool for words.
Sep 20, 2005

Very well written. Yes it was easy---but not every teaser can be hard....I thought this teaser was cute.
Oct 11, 2005

If you know it was soo easy and you didn't want a easy one why choose it???
A good warm up and well written
Nov 14, 2005

I enjoyed it, Thank you!
Nov 23, 2005

Very easy.
May 31, 2006

no need to be so harsh,. Got it, but well done
Nov 18, 2006

I thought this teaser was easy, but still fun.
Sep 11, 2007

Sure, it was very easy, but I still enjoyed reading it.

Dec 05, 2007

I didn't get it
Jun 07, 2008

I got it,but it was good.Just a suggestion,but try to put your clues in the middle of the story.
Jun 05, 2009

easy but well written.. the clues were cohesive...
Feb 26, 2010

Good teaser, but a bit easy.
Dec 09, 2010

Good teaser, way to easy.
Apr 14, 2012

btw this was directly copied from another site- u should have at least changed the names. i agree it's way too easy.
Nov 06, 2012

a better question to ask would be who did it? IDK, that was just too easy, ofcourse the girl with mud on her shoes stepped in the mud.
Jan 22, 2015

Way, way too easy. I stopped reading at "muddy".

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