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An Unbearable Mystery

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


Puzzle ID:#23661
Fun:*** (2.9)
Difficulty:** (1.5)
Submitted By:MikoChan**
Corrected By:boodler




It was Detective QuickWit's first day on the job in Middleboorn MD. He had been called down to "Uncle Walt's Traveling Circus Fantastic" to investigate the deaths of two local teenagers.

Bill and Ben Brook had been found dead, locked inside of Willy Bearish's Dancing Bear Chuck's cage. Both boys were covered in bite and claw marks, leaving them nearly torn to shreds. Upon approaching the crime scene, the detective noticed two local cops accosting Mr. Bearish rather savagely.

"Now wise up, Bub, and just confess, we know ya did it!"

The old man shook his head. "No no, it wasn't me. Sure, them kids bothered the livin outta me but I'd never lock 'em in there with Chuck!"

The detective walked over calmly. "Alright, now what is all this?"

"This here old man, he's the one ya want. He locked those two kids in there so his bear could maul 'em! People heard him threaten the kids on several occasions."

"But, officer, they were threatening me too! And I never once said I'd lock em up with Chuck to get mauled! You think I'd wish that on anyone?"

"Now hold on here, let me get the whole story before I hear you flinging accusations, officer," the detective interrupted.

The officers calmed down to explain to Quickwit exactly what the situation was. It seems that Bill and Ben belonged to an animal rights group. This group had been organizing protests against the circus months before it came into town. They were all up in arms about the pony rides and the trick dogs but what really lit their fire was Chuck, the dancing grizzly bear.

Chuck had been hand-raised since he was a cub by Willy and had been trained to dance and perform tricks for the circus. Willy insisted that not only was Chuck well-cared for but that he LOVED performing. Still, the protests continued.

Bill and Ben had been not only harassing but outright threatening Willy if he didn't let the bear go. Willy tried to explain to them that Chuck wouldn't last too long in the wilderness being hand-raised and all, but they would have none of it. Several workers at the circus had witnessed these confrontations, although none could say for sure if Willy had threatened to harm the kids in any way. However, it was said that the boys seemed determined to free Chuck with any means possible.

The detective pondered over what he had heard for a moment, before continuing. "What evidence, aside from threats, have you discovered that lead you to believe that Willy here locked the kids in deliberately?" he asked.

"Well, we already figured the kids had died some time around 11-12 pm last night. Now the whole circus was out celebrating the bearded lady's thirtieth
birthday last night and old Willy here was seen leaving at 10 last night."

"I already told you officers that I wasn't feeling well at all. I had a bad reaction to the shrimp served at the party. I went home to lie down."

"And you didn't hear anything when you got here?"

"Nope, my trailer is all the way in the front of the lot. All the animals are kept here in the back, plus I took some heavy meds to help me sleep, and with my age and all, I can hardly hear anything anymore!"

"Cut making excuses, old man, and tell the detective about the key."

"What key?" asked the detective.

"The key to the bear cage. Seems our friend here just had to get a new one for the brand new lock on it and he hasn't had time to make a copy for anyone."

"Is that true?"

The old man sadly nodded. "Yep, Chuck nearly chewed the old lock off once. Had to replace it yesterday. I didn't have time to make a copy what with the party and all."

"What did you do with the old key?"

"I threw it out, detective. No reason to keep it."

"Did you see anyone else on the grounds?"

"Nope, detective; there's no way to get in the front anyway. The back, maybe, but you'd need a ladder to get over the fence but there's an electric one out front. No getting in there.

Quickwit nodded once more. "Alright officers, you escort Mr. Bearish back to his trailer and wait outside it for me. I'm going to check out the crime scene now."

The officers left with Mr. Bearish while Quickwit went to the bear's cage. Chuck had been sedated and moved by animal control already, but the bodies of Ben and Bill were left in place.

Quickwit looked around in disgust. The boys were ripped apart and blood was splattered all over, even the bear's water pool was filled with bloody water. Both boys were laying near the still locked cage door; near them lay a bent and filthy key and a pair of wire cutters.
Quickwit looked up at the roof of the twenty foot high cage. While the sides were constructed of metal bars, the top of the cage was covered in metal mesh and some of the mesh was bent around the middle. Outside the cage a large ladder lay against the back.

After this quick glance around, Quickwit strode back to the officers.

"I think you owe Mr. Bearish an apology, " he said.

"What? Why?"

"What we have here, officers, is a sad and ironic accident, but no murder. And I think speaking to some of Ben and Bills' animal activist friends will confirm what I think."

What clues did Detective Quickwit find?

And what really happened to Ben and Bill?

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Jun 14, 2005

WAAAAYYYY too long for the giveaway ending. Get to your point quicker if you're going to practcally dump the answer in our laps at the end.
Jun 14, 2005

I disagree. It was a well thought out story, and it deserves the priviledge of being the third teaser to go on my favorites list. Extremely good job.
Jun 14, 2005

I personally like long mysteries. It's much more exciting then just having to read one "giveaway" paragraph for the quick answer.
I do have a question about the boys' methods. From my perspective, the electric fence was at the front of the circus grounds, not the cage. All they would have to do to get to the cage is enter the grounds from the back using the ladder and walk to the front of the cage! I would have personally kept the ladder at the back wall so we could make a quick exit if the bear woke up during the unlocking. As it was, the boys would have found that the key didn't work and would have had to make a hasty exit before anyone showed up.
Maybe they were crazy daredevil activists, and the front-door method would've bored 'em. Oh, well!
Jun 15, 2005

Excuse me! Hold the phone, Mik. Was you on drugs when you was writing this! Because that would explain why this teaser is so LONG. Next time, keep it short and sweet, yeah.
Jun 16, 2005

IMHO, I find reading to be an enjoyable experience. Especially when it's a great mystery like that, too!
Jun 17, 2005

silly goose u r an idiot get over urself...a little too long to give the answer away at the end
Jun 17, 2005

tttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttttoooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo lllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnnngggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggggg.
Jun 25, 2005

way to long and really confuzzing.... i had to read it to times to understand it
Jun 25, 2005

I have to agree with triskit. Boring.
Jun 30, 2005

Well-written, but obvious and way too long.
Jul 02, 2005

great mystery teaser, but 1 question...why on earth did the boys go through the inside of the bear cage just to unlock the door? I mean couldn't they just walk up to the outside of the cage and unlock it from the outside? Isn't that how most cages are unlocked?
Jul 20, 2005

It was so loooooooooooonnnnnnnggggggggggggg I forgot what I was doing before I started to read it
Sep 11, 2005

Ugh! I hate how these words are strechted out. I don't care what anyone else says, your mystery was cool. They say it was too long, I say their answer's are too long. If you write more, I'll read 'um!
Oct 12, 2005

Nice one, M. Nice story, the details set out in an orderly fashion. Well written. We need the long ones too, keep up the good work! Loved it!
ps. I actually got it! yay!
Nov 22, 2005

This teaser is way too long. And yes why give it away at the end after you took so much time to write it. I rarely critize because my teasers don't get accepted but come one you could have shortened that just a tad
Feb 08, 2006

2 long, 2 ez.
Jul 04, 2006

um.....dont little kids read these?
no offence but its a little gruesome and waaaaay too long for its ending but i can say it was very well thought out and deserves some praise
Jul 07, 2006

I got it! On a roll! And all those who said that it was too long make a teaser of your own and have people comment on it!
Oct 01, 2006

way too easy
Oct 01, 2006

and also long
Dec 03, 2006

I like the longer mysterys when they're well written, like Irishthistle's becasue the clues are actually scattered so u can feel like its a real sotry that u can figure offnese i realise maybe this is a riddle for some people and all that...but wth, it was soooo frikin easy! from the start i was thinking "oh ok so the kids let themselves in to free the bear and got mauled" and then kept reading smiling waiting for the part that was suppose to trick me or actually make the mystery...instead i was just left thinking "wth, it just gave a heap of obvious clues, and ended. how stupid! thats not a riddle!"

again i like the long ones, thats not what im saying...and i know it was a good effort. but then long ones only work, and riddles for that matter only work when they have substance and a good mystery or riddle in them.
Jul 17, 2007

i agree with sily goose readins great and i love it truly exalint
Sep 05, 2007

Very fun to read and truly, it was too easy, but I'll still take a great mystery like yours any day over some of the other silly teasers I've read on this site! (Especially in the situation category!)
Sep 01, 2008

I totally agree with Birdman Ben. Why make the teaser so long and then just give it all away in the last few paragraphs? I was very disappointed that this teaser was not more challening. Also, it was a little on the too-gory side, wasn't it?
Better luck next time.
Nov 15, 2008

ehhhh i didnt get it.
too long.
Dec 21, 2008

I think this teaser is an appropriate length. I personally find it enjoyable to be sucked into the world of mystery teasers.

That said, I knew what the answer would be the moment I read "animal activist." Unfortunately, it seems that many who claim to help animals end up in situations where in their attempts at "rescue" end in tragedy for either the animal or themselves.
Jan 08, 2010

... Nice one. (?)
Aug 15, 2010

too long and too easy. there wasnt even a mystery to it.
Jun 17, 2013

I was disappointed that the answer was basically handed out at the end and do not understand why they went through the top instead of just unlocking the door in the first place. However, in general it was NOT too long and you had some cute characters. (I realize this was posted quite some time ago, but sometimes comments can be useful to someone else who wants to create their own.)

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