Thursday, September 19, 2013

Nancy Drew Mini-Mysteries

I am loving the Nancy Drew Mini-Mysteries that are popping up on Facebook.  Here are some of them.

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A Nancy Drew Mini-Mystery: Nancy Drew knocked on Mr. Stratemeyer's door. It was a case of robbery. Mr. Stratemeyer's diamond, worth millions of dollars, had been stolen. The thief was very intelligent. He first disabled Mr. Stratemeyer's safety device and then stole the diamond.

Nancy Drew went to the safely guarded place where the diamond had been kept. She tried getting some fingerprints but failed to get any. Then Nancy Drew tried questioning Mr. Stratemeyer.

Mr. Stratemeyer said that he had been sound asleep when the incident happened, and he did not know at what time the diamond was stolen.

Nancy Drew then went out to question the housekeeper, the only other person living with Mr. Stratemeyer at that time. The housekeeper said that she had been to her mother's place and did not have any information on the incident.

Then Nancy Drew walked around outside the house to see if he could get any more clues. Walking on pieces of the glass, she saw that the window was broken. After a closer examination she saw that the window had been broken with the help of a hammer.

After some time, Nancy Drew decided to arrest Mr. Stratemeyer for faking the robbery. How did Nancy Drew come to know that Mr. Stratemeyer had a part to play in this crime?
 
Answer: ???
 
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A Nancy Drew Mini-Mystery: Nancy arrived at the scene of the crime, during the museum’s after-hours. A large ruby had been stolen from a glass display case, which was broken and the shattered glass scattered around the floor. Three people were crowded around it arguing. Nancy recognized each one of them: The security guard, a large man wearing large boots and had a jingly ring of keys around his belt, the janitor, wearing gloves and had left three large trash bags nearby, and a museum curator in a nice uniform. When questioned, the janitor claimed to have been upstairs cleaning, the curator claimed to have lightly dozed off at her desk in the office just down the hall, not hearing anything until the alarm went off, and the security guard claimed to have been patrolling the halls on the first floor, and he knew how many people were currently in the building. All three claimed to have heard the alarm go off and came running. Someone was lying about their story. Who was it?
 
Answer: The museum curator, she would have heard the security guard’s jingling keys and large boots if he was patrolling the halls, and would not have been lightly dozing.
 
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A Nancy Drew Mini-Mystery: Nancy Drew arrived at the scene and heard the news of a double murder that occurred on a train. 

 "The driver and the conductor were on the opposite ends of the train, but both were shot at the same time", reported a policeman who was at the center of the train at the time. The policeman had heard both gunshots at the same time. The train was travelling 150 kilometers per hour. Nancy Drew immediately realized that the driver and the conductor were not killed at the same time. How did Nancy come to that conclusion?
 
Answer: Since the train was going at 150 km/h, the sound of the gunshot in the front of the train would reach the policeman's ears faster than the gunshot from the back of the train. So the conductor was shot first.

5 comments:

jasini said...

Without looking at your answers, I'd say:

1. The broken glass was on the outside of the house, so it was probably broken from the inside, to make it look like someone broke in, while really being an inside job. (I'm not sure if it'd really work that cleanly in real life, though.)

2. At a guess, the museum curator, but I'm not really sure why. Being "just down the hall" just makes me go, hmmm.

3. The Doppler effect would probably mean that the sound from the front of the train would reach the middle of the train before the sound from the back of the train. However, it'd be close enough that it'd probably still count as "at the same time" for most people.

Veronica said...

Couldn't the security guard have lied about patrolling the halls?

Anonymous said...

It's the security guard because it said after hours but he was patrolling people.

Anonymous said...

The first one, wouldn't he have heard the hammer crash into the window? I haven't checked the answers yet. But it the guy owns a diamond worth millions why does he expect people to believe his security system is that bad?

Anonymous said...

The first one, wouldn't he have heard the hammer crash into the window? I haven't checked the answers yet. But it the guy owns a diamond worth millions why does he expect people to believe his security system is that bad?