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Duffus and The Mysterious Prowler 2

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


Puzzle ID:#20643
Fun:*** (2.85)
Difficulty:* (1.05)
Submitted By:od-1Aca****
Corrected By:Winner4600




Duffus had been outside for hours raking leaves. As night drew near he made his way indoors. His wife had just prepared some hot chocolate and fresh baked cookies.
"I just love the smell of baking cookies," remarked Mrs. Duffus as she gave him a big plateful.
"Thanks, but I can't smell anything with this cold. My nose is stuffed, my back and arms ache, and my head is pounding. Thanks dear, but I'm going to bed," sniffed Duffus, carting along two Kleenex boxes.
Mrs. D had just cleaned up and joined her husband upstairs when there came a loud clatter from the kitchen.
"Oh my, it's that prowler I read about in the paper this morning! Duffus, go look!" exclaimed Mrs. D with a trembling voice.
Duffus crept down the stairs armed only with a box of tissues, an umbrella, and his razor sharp wit.
"I know you're in there and I'm armed," shouted Duffus, trying not to sound petrified.
The clatter grew louder and then stopped just as Duffus made his heroic charge into the kitchen in an attempt to impale the intruder with his umbrella. Mrs. D was right behind him to turn on the lights, revealing an empty plate of cookies and a disastrous mess left behind by the intruder before he escaped out the open kitchen window.
"I'm calling the police!" Duffus shouted as he furiously shook his umbrella out the window.
Grabbing a tea towel to cover her face as she coughed and gagged, Mrs.D choked out the words, "Don't bother, I know who did this and you will too when your cold clears. Now get me the tomato juice and a mop."
Indeed the next day it became clear not only to Duffus but everyone who came to visit who the mysterious prowler had been. But how did they know who it was since no one had seen the prowler and there was no visible evidence other than the trashed kitchen and the missing cookies?

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Jan 27, 2005

this is a gr8 teaser...but it is a bit too long...nice work anyway
Jan 28, 2005

I love your Duffus teasers od-1. Keep them coming!!!
Jan 28, 2005

a little too easy, but its a good one
Jan 28, 2005

i'm so embarrased i guessed santa claus. .real cute though .
Jan 28, 2005

i thought it was easy but loved the way it drew you in searching for clues until you got it!
Jan 31, 2005

very well written, but a little too easy . The tomato juice gave it away
Jan 31, 2005

Great teaser! Made me think
Feb 01, 2005

Feb 06, 2005

Feb 10, 2005

Fun story, easy and the tomato juice was a dead giveaway
Feb 18, 2005

Feb 24, 2005

GOT IT!!!!!!!
Mar 02, 2005

yep. it was the tomato juice that totally gave it away. not that i'm not happy that i finally got one...
Mar 19, 2005

A great laugh! Well written, and great wit. Look forward to more of your stories.
Apr 06, 2005

i agree....really easy but the tomato juice had to be there or else it could have been anything...the guesses could be endless
Apr 17, 2005

I dooon' t really like htis one.
May 09, 2005

i probably seem really stupid saying this, even tho the teaser got a low difficulty rating...but...i dont get it
May 18, 2005

Yeah, the tomato juice did make it really obvious.
May 22, 2005

at first i thought it woz a cat but then i saw the tomato juice bit and got lost like a baby in the dessert. but i thought it woz well thought out and one of the best mystery teaser.
May 24, 2005

the tomato juice gave it away
Jul 02, 2005

i loved the answer! althought i thought that it was Santa going through his usual cookie withdraw
Jul 09, 2005

Although I guessed it quickly, it was still a good teaser and I enjoyed it. Keep these coming as they are not too difficult and not too easy!
Jul 31, 2005

i got cause of the tomato juice
Sep 08, 2005

Easy but fun! I got it when it was apperent the there was a bad smell....very good!
Sep 17, 2005

I thought it was a cat.
Sep 17, 2005

I thought it was a cat.
Nov 13, 2005

nice teaser... but usually people get colds in the WINTER not the FALL... mr. duffus was raking leaves. w/e tho!!
May 30, 2006

At first i really didin't get it. I thougth he was delusional or something because of his cold Well, great teaser anyway. Really creative
Jan 02, 2007

I missed the tomato juice part, and said a raccoon.A good lesson about skimming mystery teasers
Sep 05, 2007

It was a great teaser and the touch of humor made it very entertaining! "Duffus armed with...his razor wit..." Hilarious! Let's have more of Duffus!
Feb 15, 2009

I thought Santa Claus...
Sep 23, 2014

Very easy; not being conceited

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