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Mysterious Evidence

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


Puzzle ID:#39718
Fun:*** (2.69)
Difficulty:*** (2.77)
Submitted By:grilledcheese*
Corrected By:plain_jane




Ray Whitcombe was found dead in his office at his desk. The police have narrowed the suspects down to three people:
Mrs. Barbara Whitcombe, Ray's wife
Mr. Jason McCubbins, Ray's business partner
Mr. Harold Nichols, Ray's best friend

All three visited Mr. Whitcombe the day of his murder, but all three provided the police with stories of explanation as to the reason for their visit.

Police found Mr. Whitcombe with his wrist watch still on his right arm, a torn up picture of his wife laying on the floor beside the trash can, and an ink pen in his right hand. On the desk, the police found a name plate, a telephone that was off the hook, and a personal calendar turned to the July 5th page with 7B91011 written on it. After examining this evidence, the police knew their suspect.

Who was it?

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Dec 21, 2007

Good one! I didn't get, but I really enjoyed it. Well written!
Dec 22, 2007

Wow, very clever! Naturally, I had no idea who did it...
Dec 22, 2007

another great one cheese... i got the right answer for the wrong reason though... i assumed the murderer stuck the pen in his hand, thus being the wrong hand because of the watch... this led me to conclude that his business partner was guilty because his wife and best friend would have known he was left-handed... (strange but true, that is how i came up with my answer... please dont laugh at me lol!!!)
Dec 23, 2007

that was a great teaser i liked it, into my faves it goes
Dec 24, 2007

But how were we supposed to know he was left handed or that it was written in a hurry?
Dec 24, 2007

hi that was really great i didntget it though
Dec 25, 2007

dogg6pound9...I had the exact same exact thought process. Goodness knows why I overlooked the writing-clearly the most important part. Interesting teaser!
Dec 29, 2007

i thought i knew it....
Dec 30, 2007

nice teaser...but why didnt he simple write "jason" ?
Dec 30, 2007

i liked it but wat was the torn up picture of his wife about
Jan 01, 2008

bit of an old trick, 7891011 written on a calendar to mean jason. Liked the b thing though.
Jan 03, 2008

Brilliant, well done. I thought this teaser was fab, but a bit easy.
Jan 06, 2008


You Copied this from Encyclopedia Brown.

I read that book...

The maker copied it...
Jan 07, 2008

ok, I think the concept was good - however we wouldn;'t know that he was left handed because of the hand on which he wore his watch. I'm right handed, and wear my watch on my right arm... and I'm sure there are other people who do the same... other than that, good teaser
Jan 15, 2008

Very clever. I hope they also find a fingerprint or some DNA evidence because I doubt this alone will be enough to convict Mr. McCubbins.
Jan 16, 2008

wow i do NOT think like that.
why would he write his name in the initials of the months by numbers? he is asking to be caught...
Feb 01, 2008

I noted that he might be left handed, and his penmanship would be bad writing with his right hand, and the B might be an 8. But that is just stupid to write the numbers of the months and then use the first letter of the month to spell Jason. Why didn't he just write Jason? Why did he put it in code? It wasn't fun to me.
Feb 01, 2008

If it wasn't in code, it wouldn't be a fun teaser
Feb 06, 2008

if he was dying how did he manage to have enough time to think that the first letter of those months spelled Jason, instead of simply using all that time to call the authorities or spell out "Jason" ?
Feb 16, 2008

too much thinking isnt what makes teasers fun, its the teaser itself.

i loved it. nice teaser "grilledcheese"

lol. xD
Feb 19, 2008

Great teaser!!
I love to read murder mystery books,so I had FUN!!!
Mar 03, 2008

hey cams i didnt know u put htis one in its awesome
Mar 10, 2008

Great teaser. Well thought out n' loads of fun.

I do have one question though... Why was he writing with his alternate hand, and why hurriedly? Was this his dying message? I felt like that part was sort-of-kind-of (maybe) missing (a little) in the explanation, but it really was a great teaser all and all.

Mar 17, 2008

never would have gotten that in a million years... i wear my watch on my right wrist even though I am right-handed.
Mar 20, 2008

well maybe he didnt just simply write jason because if jason saw him write it or after he killed him and jason saw it he would have just scrappes it and ripped it up and took it with him.
Mar 22, 2008

i wear my watch on my left hand even tho im left handed...

i find it easier.
Mar 29, 2008

how were we supposed to know he was left-handed, it was his personal preference

and not many people could have gotten as far as the months

it was really confusing
Apr 06, 2008

Great one.
Still, again, the complexity of the message makes it unreal.

Still, great teaser!
Jun 23, 2008

Really hard. Couldn't really understand it
Nov 15, 2008

that was hard! i couldnt understand it
Dec 14, 2008

i got that one wrong i had his wife.
Jan 10, 2009

As yanksgirl said, wearing a watch on the right hand does not mean one is left-handed.
I'm right dominant but I wear my watch on my right hand.
Jan 11, 2009

I don't know how Briangle allowed you to get away with this one. A Mystery gives viable clues, and the Mystery that offer clues closely related to the Crime, the suspects, the scene and the weapon make the Mystery great or good, even. The man was left-handed means Nothing to the actual Crime. The victim writing an encrytion means Nothing to the actual crime. There were No Clues, just a story with a punch line. I am sorry. I did enjoy the beginning, the opening, the story yet, no plot existed for me to figure. I give this two thumbs. One up and one down. The Teaser was decently written and held its audience in anticipation of a something, but you failed to deliver, after holding me with the opening story.
Jan 11, 2009

Who Knew, there was no mysterious evidence.
Jan 11, 2009

I guess you missed the "7B91011" clue...
Mar 08, 2009

I love mysteries and I used to work at a bank... so this one was right up my alley.
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May 02, 2009

Hm... It was well-written, certainly, but I agree with the things that other people have been saying. The fact that a code saying "JASON" was the only clue is a little disappointing, and it being in code is strange... I don't agree that Jason would have taken the message only if it said his name; if he saw his victim writing, he would have ended it regardless of what it said.

As a side note, the first thing I would have asked for, as a detective, would be the time of the meetings. If so, whoever said the latest time would be a suspect regardless; either they killed him, or they are lying. It goes in a similar fashion for the other two as well. ...I'll stop rambling now.

Once again, it was well-written, and I tried to decipher the written thing for quite a while~ Be wary of your logic, but nice job overall~
May 04, 2009

if he had written jason,jason would have found it and probably destroy it..and it would be difficult for him to write jason's name with his right hand coz his left-handed,right?...
Jul 21, 2009

Hard! I saw it on about 5 other websites, with just a few different words.
Nov 04, 2009

i like my answer much better. I thought the July 5th mean 7 5 on the phone which could stand for "picture killer" by the letters on the phone so this explains the picture on the floor. 7B91011 : 7=R so Ray, B=Barbara, 9=W so Whitcombe. 1011 => made it into 10:11 o'clock 0 second. putting that in a clock make it look like a W which could stand for wife or woman.
Nov 28, 2009

got dis 1 wrong!!! good teaser
Mar 17, 2010

so its supposed to be: your name is jason. you stabbed the guy and waiting for him to die or sth.. then he starts writing "jason" on his calendar. oh whatever...
Aug 28, 2011

I thought it was his wife!
I thought the numbers was their car's numberplate and the rest of the thing on the desk was a distraction!
Aug 28, 2011

Apr 01, 2012

that was pretty easy
Jan 19, 2015

Since when do criminals write their name in code at the crime scene?????
May 22, 2017

This was a great mystery! So clever!

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