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Colin Webster and the Misleading Magnet

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


Puzzle ID:#47107
Fun:*** (2.39)
Difficulty:** (1.47)
Submitted By:legotboyAus***!!
Corrected By:dalfamnest




Colin Webster, the town of Loudan's only 10 year old genius and detective, was rushing to the lighthouse on the rocky shore along with every other kid in town. Zach Eddy had put signs up two weeks ago for a special gold-seeking diving rod. The reason Colin was so interested was that Zach was always trying to make a couple of bucks on cheap things he made to sell to little kids. When Colin got to the scene, there was a good 20 or so kids already there listening to Zach. One of his buddies from the Tiger Shark gang, Chris, was telling all the kids there the greatness of this device, "This rod you see here is not just what it looks like, if you think this is a magnet on the end, think again. This is a secret material that is attracted to gold; just watch." Zach took the rod, Chris followed behind with a shovel, and all the kids followed. After a couple minutes, Zach exclaimed, "Chris, get over here, I think I got something!" So Chris went over with the shovel and after hitting something solid, Zach jumped in and picked up a a gold piece probably a foot long and six inches high and deep and held it over his head, "Gold gold, I got gold!" After he put it down he started telling all the kids to get one, "Look how fast I found mine, you can be rich in gold before you know it. They're only three dollars a piece, one per costumer." As soon as he was done speaking, all the kids gathered around his pile of rods. Then Colin spoke up and told the kids to hold on to their money. After a quick talk all the kids went home with nothing but a couple dollars.

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May 28, 2010

It was a bit easy, bit hard. But nice one.
May 29, 2010

Is there a typo? Did you mean to write, "...a gold-seeking DIVINING rod..."?
May 29, 2010

another typo: it's CUSTOMER not costumer.
May 30, 2010

hmmmmmm... little toooooooo easy

it was a cinch
Jun 02, 2010

Even without the "gold being very heavy" clue it was really, really easy.
Jul 13, 2010

Another typo: It's Encyclopedia Brown, not Colin Webster, or at least it was in 1966 when this puzzler was published as "The Case of the Divining Rod" in Encyclopedia Brown Finds the Clues. Zach Eddy was called Ace Kurash.
Aug 16, 2010

Not only would a .25 Square foot ingot weigh about 300 pounds, it would be worth over $5,000,000 at current gold prices - not something anyone would leave laying about in the sand!
Aug 17, 2010

I thought it was because pure gold doesn't come in big peices, especially pieces a foot long. Pure gold is usually found in extremely small pieces.
Feb 21, 2011

I agree with albalb... read Encyclopedia Brown much?? And seriously... Tiger-Shark Club??? Don't you mean the Tiger Club??? Pathetic.
Feb 26, 2011

Pretty easy.
Jul 13, 2011

Logic question... but still not bad
Nov 21, 2011

imagine if that detective was my friend Zach.........MUHAHAHAHAHA.........DID THAT SCARE YOU?..............BOO!
Dec 01, 2011

I think it was a good teaser!
Sep 09, 2012

I'm with geekymeek
Nov 07, 2012

Possibly a case of cryptomnesia?
Unless you intended to steal that.

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