Everyone loves playing detective now and again, and that goes double for any time you can feel like a real sleuth and work out your brain at the same time.

Check out these 4 mystery-based puzzles to see how well you’d do if the police recruiter came calling!

#4. A Treasure Key

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A man comes upon a treasure chest in a cave, guarded by a pirate. If the man chooses the key that will open the chest – gold, silver, or black – on the first try, he can keep the treasure. If he chooses wrong, he will be killed.

His only clue is this cipher: TGK HOE ELY DEN.

Which key should he choose?

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#4. Which key opens the chest?

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If you unscramble the cipher, it reads THE GOLDEN KEY.

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#3. Stan and the Stranger

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Stan met a stranger at the airport who he had never seen in person and whose appearance had never been mentioned. The stranger wasn’t famous, but Stan still immediately knew who the man was.


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#3. How did Stan recognize the stranger?

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He was a twin of one of Stan’s friends.

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#2. The Angry Wife

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Pete called his wife to say that he would be home at 8. He showed up at 8:05, and even though they had no special plans, she was still furious with him.


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#2. Why was Pete’s wife so angry?

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He arrived home at 8:05 am instead of 8:00 pm.

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#1. A Closed Car

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A man was shot in a car, and police found no trace of gunpowder on his clothes. That, combined with the fact that there are no bullet holes in the car, means the murderer wasn’t inside the car while shooting him.

But all the doors and windows were closed and locked.

How was he killed?

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#1. How was the man killed?

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The man was in a convertible, and the murderer closed the top after he killed him.

Thanks for playing along!