Mystery teasers are little stories where you need to figure out what happened based on the given clues.
"A punk who was caught holding up a filling station yesterday has confessed to several unsolved crimes," Inspector Winters said to Dr. Haledjian. "He named Red Kirk as his partner in a supermarket holdup a few years back. This morning, I picked up a search warrant and visited Kirk's last known address, a boarding house on Waco. Kirk wasn't in but, his partner, Les Curran, a counterfeiter, showed up at noon. He denied knowing where Red Kirk was."
"This is the last day of the month. So Kirk, who by the way is a vegetarian, has only to keep out of sight and keep moving for 30 days. In another month, the statute of limitations on his supermarket job will expire. He'll be in the clear."
"The part that baffles me is the groceries I found on his bed." concluded the Inspector. "I can't figure them out. There were 6 coffee beans, 8 boxes of cocoa, 10 tomatoes, 4 pieces of toast, 5 boxes of hominy, 21 tea bags, and 27 cubes of sugar!"
After a moment's hesitation, Haledjian said, "Kirk plans to keep moving about the country next month to avoid capture. But you should have no trouble apprehending him. The next place to find him is-"
Haledjian deduced that the foodstuffs were an itinerary in code for Kirk's roommate, Curran. The number of each article stands for the day of the month in which Kirk would be at a particular place:
Toast, NC; Hominy, OK; Coffee, GA; Cocoa, FL; Tomato, MS; Tea, SD; Sugar, ID.
Apr 22, 2008
|There will be more of Dr. Haledjian mysteries to come!|
Apr 23, 2008
|Could you next time, put in a bit more clues, I was unsure of how to solve this.|
Apr 23, 2008
|Yeah i'll try|
Apr 23, 2008
That was totally amazing...
I was totally and completely... wrong...
Awesome job on this, lizzard! I'm eagerly awaiting more.
Apr 24, 2008
|Why thank you! its nice to be appreciated! I'm working on more in the series |
Apr 25, 2008
|that was a great teaser...i remember reviewing it...i kno i said it should be aproved and i gave it really fun and medium for the difficulty i think|
May 03, 2008
|Wow...that was very clever! I got it...wrong. |
May 05, 2008
|it was awesome. waiting for more.|
May 23, 2008
|I liked this one. I had no clue what the answer was but I really liked it. Good job.|
May 24, 2008
|I believe i've read this in a book before...|
Jun 18, 2008
|how could you find out that toast was the one? |
Jul 09, 2008
|Hmm, this was a great teaser, and it was the first time I read it too. In a book. I love these mystery books and have used them in teasers before too, so i can't say anything there! |
Jul 11, 2008
|i personally did not like this. a good brain teaser should only use common knowledge to trick the readers. there was too much information needed which im sure a lot of people didnt know.|
Jul 15, 2008
|Wooooow. I don't think i've ever been THIS wrong about the answer before. lol. Great teaser though. I just got it absolutely all the way completely unforgivably WRONG. lol. |
Jul 18, 2008
|I am pretty sure that Donald J. Sobol still holds the copyright on Encyclopedia Brown and the Dr. Haledjian mysteries. If we are going to copy and paste them, we should at least change the names to protect the guilty.|
Nov 15, 2008
Jan 11, 2009
| I agree with om123; the information or clues in this teaser seemed unrelated or distant from the actual Crime. Honestly, I believed the Criminal next hide out related to the foods. He had the coffee, hot chocolate, sugar and toast. Therefore, all that was needed to complete his breakfast and simultaneously, find a hide out, at a farm, for milk and butter. I tell you brainglers, I was way out there on this one. So, his clues went right over my head. Good Night Decent Teaser. Confusisng, yet decent. |
Feb 05, 2009
|I new that the numbers of things were dates I just didn't know that there were places that had those names. |
Feb 10, 2009
|Way to go for getting that far!|
Mar 12, 2009
|These mysteries are by Donald J. Sobol whom i believe is the author of Encyclopedia Brown. Don't copyright|
if you are at least change names
Apr 11, 2009
May 02, 2009
|...........This would require quite a bit of knowledge in the geography of America, which I do not have. |D I find it hard to believe that the one guy with the funny name solved it within a "moment's hesitation", but it was a pretty neat puzzle~|
Oct 26, 2009
|wow i am so confused about this one but it waqs good |
Oct 26, 2009
|was srry |
Nov 16, 2009
|How exactly are you supposed to find that out? |
Jan 07, 2010
|ya just gotta play around with ideas|
Jan 08, 2010
|wow, never in a million years would I have gotten this one right |
Jan 09, 2010
|haha. thanks I guess?|
Jan 23, 2010
|??? I don't think I really got that. |
Jan 23, 2010
|no worries mate!|
Jan 28, 2010
Feb 16, 2010
|No chance I was going to get this one. I didn't even realize there were cities with those food names.|
Good thing the thug didn't give Mr. Kirk up prior to his arrival in Waco because he would not have been able to leave a "food clue" that matched Waco and his partner never would have caught up with him again!
Jun 13, 2010
|I have no idea what the answer was! Are they places in America?|
Feb 27, 2011
|I still don't get it. Hmm|
Aug 27, 2011
What she said.
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