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The Mantle

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


Puzzle ID:#21683
Fun:*** (2.82)
Difficulty:** (1.56)
Submitted By:abby97*
Corrected By:dalfamnest




The Police established the following facts:

1. On a beastly hot day, a masked man had entered the Johnson apartment. In attempting to beat from Mrs. Johnson the hiding place of her fabulous diamond necklace, he accidentally killed her. He had ransacked the apartment and fled empty-handed.
2. Mr. Johnson, an invalid who had been under sedation during the crime, discovered the body and notified the police.
3. Suspicion fell upon James, the doorman and an ex-con, who had not reported to work since the slaying.
4. The necklace was safely hidden in the false bottom of a jewelry box in the guest closet near the fireplace. The box rested on the closet shelf above the spot where Mrs. Johnson always hung her gold silk mantle. She wore the mantle in the apartment on chilly days, but she never wore it outside the apartment.

Upon learning these facts, the famous detective, Dr. Newman, asked to be left alone in the apartment with the doorman.

After hearing James insist he had never been in the apartment before, Newman shifted a cigarette container and two statuettes on the shelf above the fireplace and rested his elbow there.

"The necklace was right here in the false bottom of a box above the mantle. See for yourself," urged the detective.

In a moment, James had found the jewelry box above Mrs. Johnson's silk mantle.

After James was placed under arrest, Newman couldn't help muttering, "A criminal should never return to the scene of the crime!"

Why was James the criminal?

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Mar 21, 2005

Nice one I liked it.
Mar 21, 2005

i totally got that one! tricky, but not impossible. perfect.
Mar 21, 2005

I loved it Absolutely
great!!! Cool setting
Mar 21, 2005

Mar 21, 2005

Good one i like it.
Mar 21, 2005

very nice, thanks.
Mar 21, 2005

that 1 was ez i figered it owt when the doorman said he never been in da hous
Mar 22, 2005

it was kool
Mar 24, 2005

too easy didnt even have to think
(too much like sylok fox) lol
Mar 25, 2005

i would say it is one of the best that i have read
Mar 26, 2005

Mar 30, 2005

I understood the point of the teaser and immdiately knew the answer. But your verbage is muddled. It's not clear at all whats going on in the apartment with James and the Detective.
Apr 02, 2005

Good one. Got it right but had to think it about.
Apr 08, 2005

Phew, that was tricky, it took me a long time to get that one.
Apr 12, 2005

liked it!
Apr 14, 2005

I really liked this one!!!
May 25, 2005

I like it....
Jun 19, 2005

I have no idea what a mantle is but I got it when he didnt say where the mantle was.
Jul 11, 2005

That was easy, but then again I sometimes enjoy actually getting the answers right! That was a very good and clever teaser! Nice thinking!
Jul 20, 2005

Very CLever!
Sep 05, 2007

Easy, but very fun and very well written!

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