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Silver and Gold

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


Puzzle ID:#48379
Fun:*** (2.68)
Difficulty:** (1.81)
Submitted By:tinypenguin*




Dr. Sorani had just ordered a small drink at the bar in the Las Vegas motel when a lean young stranger with sun-bleached golden hair and tanned cheeks took the stool beside her. After asking for a gin and tonic, the sunburned young man nodded toward the gaming tables.
"Name's Alan Silver," he said genially. "It's sure great to be back in civilization and hear money talking out loud."
The renowned detective introduced herself. "You spent some time in the desert?"
"Got back yesterday," said Silver. "Washed the dust out of my ears, had a real live barber shave off seven months of whiskers and beard and trim this mop of wheat. Then I bought a whole wardrobe on credit. All I had to show was my assay report. Boy, am I ever ready to celebrate."
"You found gold?"
"That's right. Hit pay dirt." Silver stroked his bronzed chin thoughtfully. He lowered his voice confidently.
"Listen," he said. "If I can find a backer, I'll take enough out of those hills to buy ten pleasure palaces just like this one. "Of course," he added apologetically, "I'm not trying to interest you, honey. Still, if you know somebody who'd like to get in on a sure thing, let me know. I'm staying in room 210. Can't give out details here, you understand."
"I understand," said Sorani, "that you'd better improve your story if you want to part some sucker from his money."

What is wrong with Silver's story?

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Jan 17, 2011

That was a good one! Took a lttle thinking but I got it!! Nice!
Jan 17, 2011

Did you borrow this from MindTrap?
Jan 17, 2011

No, actually I didn't. I bought a book with a whole bunch, and thought I'd share the really nice ones, just with my own characters.
Jan 18, 2011

i thought that it was because gold was extremely hard to find and needs to be mined in ore from deepo the earth
Jan 19, 2011

I liked this - it was very hard but once you know the answer it's obvious! Great teaser!
Jan 20, 2011

This is from one of the 2 minute mysteries books by Donald J Sobol
Jan 20, 2011

if he was that sunburt he would not have gotten a shave either
Jan 20, 2011

At least you had the decency to change the names of the characters. (There are mysteries here that still have the original Mindtrap names. Ugh.) However, I would've appreciated it more had you kept the basic idea (not shaving for seven months means your jaw won't be sunburnt) but changed everything else about the story.
Jan 20, 2011

Lol to tell the truth, I did this at school in a rush. But I'll keep that in mind. Honestly, I've never been to mindtrap, and yes I got this from the book.
Feb 18, 2011

You took that straight from a Two Minute Mysteries book and switched the names around. That's Copywright infringement!
Feb 20, 2011

the cause of the answer was never mentioned. How should we now what his face color was?
Feb 23, 2011

Bobdaman you are incorrect. If you pay special attention to the first couple of words then you would have not asked the above question. This is copied and pasted from the mystery:
Dr. Sorani had just ordered a small drink at the bar in the Las Vegas motel when a lean young stranger with sun-bleached golden hair and tanned cheeks took the stool beside her. When a lean young young stranger with sun-bleached golden hair and TANNED CHEEKS took the stool beside her! You are incorrect Bobdaman.
Mar 13, 2011

I love this! Very clever
Jun 03, 2011

I love the teaser and you, tiny!
Jul 31, 2011

YAY i got it!!! this is probably my favorite teaser i have seen so far good job dude
Nov 08, 2011

Took a lot of thinking..thought that story is fake cause gold is mine from deep down the earth... it turned out wrong
Jul 10, 2012

There's gold in the desert?
Aug 05, 2012

That's really a clever one.
Nov 07, 2012

Nice threw me for a lopp, and lol Illusionist is trolling everyones'.
May 28, 2014

It could have been possible that after he shaved, there could have been a heat wave and got sunburned like this guy. But it is very not likely.
Apr 25, 2015

I'm not convinced by the wording here. A man's facial hair only extends around the sides of his face, not ON his cheeks.. It's deceiving.

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