The Bank Robber

Harry Ape robbed a bank yesterday and has been hiding in the bitterly cold forest. Max Mouse found Harry’s clothes near a hole in the pond ice. Why does Slylock Fox believe that Harry is nearby?

Slylock thinks Harry fell through the ice, and after climbing out of the water, took off his wet clothes due to the frigid temperatures. The sleuth suspects the ape is nearby because the wet clothes are still unfrozen.

The Stolen Tools

Tools were stolen from a construction site. Max Mouse found footprints and a tire track, leading him to believe there were two thieves – one walking and the other riding a bike. Even though Slylock Fox believes both tracks are related to the robbery, he suspects there was only one thief. Why?

The tire track cannot be from a bike. The tracks were left by one thief pushing a wheelbarrow, full of stolen tools.

Murder or Suicide

Examine the picture and determine whether the woman was killed or she committed a suicide.

This was a murder, which was supposed to look like a suicide. These are some of the reasons:

1. The dead person has not finished their cigarette yet, which is a normal thing to do when someone commits a suicide.
2. The person is left-handed, judging by the position of the pen and the lamp, but is holding the gun in their right hand.
3. It was supposed to look like the person was writing a death note before killing themselves, but it is night and the lamp is not plugged in.

The Stolen Coins

Someone stole gold coins from a museum near the park. No one saw the thief take the coins, so there isn’t a description of the robber. Slylock Fox suspects one of the creatures in the park is the thief. Which one?

The raccoon on the seesaw couldn’t hold the heavier bear off the ground unless he was carrying something heavy. Since gold is one of the heaviest metals, Slylock suspects the raccoon is the thief and has hidden the coins in his clothes.

Picture from Russia

Look at the picture below and answer the following questions:

  1. What time of the day is it?
  2. Is it early spring or a late fall?
  3. Is the river navigable?
  4. Which direction does the river flow? (North, East, South or West?)
  5. Is the river deep or shallow at the side where the boat is?
  6. Is there a bridge across the river nearby?
  7. How far is the railroad from here?
  8. Do the birds fly North or South?

2. People are sowing the crops, so it is early spring.
8. Since it is spring, birds are flying North.
1. Since birds are flying North, the shadows are pointing East, and therefore it is morning.
4. Judging by the water around the buoy, the river is flowing South.
3. Since there is a buoy, the river must be navigable.
5. The fishing line is long, so the river must be deep.
6. There would not be a ferry if there was a bridge nearby.
7. The guy on the left looks like a railroad worker, so probably the railroad is nearby.