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Typing In Riddles

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


Puzzle ID:#39717
Fun:**** (3.15)
Difficulty:*** (2.44)
Submitted By:grilledcheese*




Detective Larson gazed around the cluttered dingy apartment. The aging famous columnist Max Worthington had been fatally stabbed. His agent, Roger, had called the police when Max failed to submit his column to the newspaper.

Max's body was draped over his manual typewriter. The detective glanced at the paper in the typewriter. It appeared to be the writer's column. The victim's head rested on the keyboard and had apparently hit random keys causing the last line of the article to be followed by "49t34 w5qgg3e j3". The detective was surprised to see that Max had used a typewriter rather than a computer. Roger, Max's agent, explained that Max found it therapeutic to pound the keys on his typewriter, and despised computers.

Out of a list of acquaintances provided by Max's agent, the detective questioned the following people.

Marisa had been separated from Max for the last year and a half. Although initially the split had been amicable, lately things had gotten nasty about the latest division of their assets. Max was willing to give Marisa the mansion and a generous lump sum payment, but wanted to draw the line at the excessive alimony being demanded by Marisa's lawyer. Marisa was living in the mansion and had a generous pre-alimony settlement and an extremely attractive new boyfriend.

Jillian was Max's current girlfriend. She definitely was a looker and by all appearances was extremely high maintenance. She was also the spring in this May/December romance. Although crying, she was devastatingly attractive in her designer dress. She had a Gucci bag, wore emerald and diamond jewelry and on her wrist a new Rolex. The detective suspected her grief was for the loss of her "gravy train" and not for the deceased.

Max's brother, Gerald, had been dating Marisa when Max had stolen her away. Gerald still held a grudge and blatantly told the detective that "he was glad his brother was dead and good riddance". He hinted that he might try to win Marisa back, now that his brother was dead.

After a brief investigation an arrest was made. Who did the detective arrest?


The detective arrested Roger, the agent. After looking at the paper in the typewriter, the detective realized that the last line on the news column contained the phrase "roger stabbed me". (49t34 w5qgg3e j3) Max had managed to type the message after being stabbed, but his fingers were positioned one line too high on the keyboard, when he typed his final message.

Apparently Max had planned to terminate his association with Roger and in a fit of anger, Roger had stabbed him.


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Dec 21, 2007

You make really great quizzes!
Dec 21, 2007

I mean teasers, sorry
Dec 21, 2007

That was pretty good! Really enjoyed it.
Dec 21, 2007

Dec 22, 2007

would never have figured that one out... too sophisticated for me... although i have to say it is brilliant... keep 'em coming cheese
Dec 23, 2007

that actually really cool
Dec 23, 2007

I love your teasers, they are really cool, I wish I could make up teasers like you can.
Jan 07, 2008

great teaser! I would never have got it though!
Jan 10, 2008

this is amazing! very creative!
Jan 15, 2008

The answer obviously had something to do with the typed "message" but I still couldn't solve it. Tried backwards and uncoding to no avail!

Thank goodness the detective was smarter than me! Fun mystery!
Jan 16, 2008

i figured it was something like that...
great teaser
Feb 04, 2008

nice one. i knew it had to do w/ the typewriter, i just didnt figure on a fast type w/ hands moved up the keyboard.
(user deleted)
Feb 18, 2008

Nice... but next time make more than one person have the same # of letters in their name as the culprit.
Good luck
Mar 10, 2008

I liked this one quite a bit. Feed us gluttons more wonderful teasers, won't you?
Mar 26, 2008

I figured out the first wor was roger because the first and last letter were the same, then i looked at my keyboard and got it. Good teaser!
Apr 03, 2008

well done!!!
Apr 06, 2008

Very fun, love the riddles, although repeating Roger's occupation and name too often gives away a bit, especially having him 'call the police' simply because the writer 'failed to submit a column.' The concrete evidence did have me stumped for a while, though.
Apr 06, 2008

Good one. I tried all combinations of the keyboard

Still, I would use only the name of the criminal.

See, there are some things that needs some explanation to cover all corners...

For instance, if the guy was stabbed, and had the strength to type the complete sentence, wouldn't it be easier to call an ambulance or something? Or write just the name, single handed. I agree above: Why call the police when they guy just didn't show up with the column

Anyway, this is a good teaser format, keep on it!

Apr 08, 2008

Hey, I thought the solution to this one was a little obvious, and I normally don't do well on these. Thanks.
May 19, 2008

Great teaser Cam.
May 23, 2008

Great job! I got it as soon as I seen the mess of numbers and letters... NO reflection on you! I just VERY frequently do the same and have no excuse!!! Good job though!
Jun 17, 2008

Got it on my first try, this was Fun & Easy!

Jun 23, 2008

I liked this one. My friend printed it out and showed me on the bus, and I couldn't get it at all. I automatically thought that you needed a computer nearby to figure it out, but I still tried just about EVERYTHING with those letters (I basically ignored the rest of it because none of it was actual, hard evidence) and I couldn't get it on the bus. When I got home, I solved it in a few seconds
Jul 15, 2008

cute...I knew it had to be the agent but not how they figured it out...
Sep 28, 2008

I never realized that was the answer..But great job! Post some more difficult teasers like that.
Oct 01, 2008

I thought it was the brother... good teaser!
Nov 15, 2008

This teaser is amazing!!! Love it alot...soooo cool!!!
Apr 29, 2009

6yw6 3qw t54q6!!!
May 23, 2009

Yes, decent riddle, decent Teaser and clever for the dying man to have a final yahoo....
Oct 20, 2009

Mar 14, 2010

EXELLENT teaser!
Jun 10, 2010

j9d4 0j4

This belongs in Cryptography, though. I thought it was the brother because the brother always did it. Unless there is a butler, then the butler did it.
(user deleted)
Jun 17, 2010

If every other key was pressed 1 up then why wasn't the space bar?
Nov 12, 2010

waaaaaaaay way way way way too long that made it unadvertising so i didn't read it sorry ha!
Aug 27, 2011

I didn't think it was very long. If a long riddle is what it takes to make a understandable riddle, it's fine by me.

And babo_bear you have made made a very good point..
Oct 10, 2011

I knew it had to do with what Max had typed, but I never would have guessed that his fingers were one line too high.

I thought the letters and numbers were supposed to look like someone's name or something.
Jan 16, 2013

extremely well done!!! I knew it had something to do with the code of course, but couldn't figure it out. It makes much more sense in a real life situation unlike other brain teasers in which the victim purposely encodes the murderer for no reason.
Feb 21, 2013

Brilliant! I loved this. Wouldn't have got it in a million years.
Mar 28, 2015

Wow!! That was so unexpected!!!

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