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A safe bet mystery


Police lieutenant Brewer spat a direct order into his car radio: “We’ve had a robbery at the theater. I want Fingers Lawson picked up right away. He takes great pride in being the top combination safe burglar in the state. He’s just out of jail last week and yesterday he started working at the theater as a janitor.”

Mac King turned to face the tall brick theater where he was scheduled to perform that night. “Do you have any other suspects?”

“No,” said Brewer. “The only ones around this morning besides you and your monkey were Lawson and that other magician…the old guy with all the little sleight-of-hand tricks: Zenario.”

Mac recalled a picture of the freshly plundered safe. (It looked much like the picture above.)

“If I were you,” said Mac. “I’d reissue your order, but forget Lawson. It’s a safe bet that Zenario is your man!”

Why did Mac think so?

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Solution: Brewer told Mac that Fingers Lawson took great pride in cracking combination locks. In recalling the crime scene inside the theater, Mac realized the safe was secured with a key padlock. If neither Mac nor Lawson had opened the safe, that left Zenario as the chief suspect; Zenario, a master of small sleight-of-hand and, Mac guessed, picking padlocks.

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Comments about “A safe bet mystery”

  1. hello says:

    too easy

  2. tobyand10year says:

    this was hard to do but it was funny

  3. Sesquipedaliac says:

    Confusing, you say, scabs? Allow me to elucidate: The picture of the safe shows that it has a lock which is opened by a key, not a combination. Fingers Lawson was proficient at opening safes with a lock opened by a combination, not a key. However, Zenario, as a magician skilled at sleight-of-hand, would be able to crack locks opened by a key. Does that help?

    • jjjjjjjjjj says:

      Wow like we don’t get that

      • chessmaster says:

        really? I thought it was quite lucid. Oh, and if you still don’t get it, Lawson can open a combo lock, but the lock in the picture was a key lock. Zenario, the magician, could have picked the lock.

  4. scabs says:

    its confusing

  5. Duco says:

    Too easy

  6. cman says:

    don’t get it at all

  7. AC Star says:

    It was such an easy mystery. A two year old could have done it!

  8. boy says:

    I like it

  9. jk says:

    How did Mac King know that Finger Lawson didn’t rob the safe

  10. true 1 says:

    Solution: Brewer told Mac that Fingers Lawson took great pride in cracking combination locks. In recalling the crime scene inside the theater, Mac realized the safe was secured with a key padlock. If neither Mac nor Lawson had opened the safe, that left Zenario as the chief suspect; Zenario, a master of small sleight-of-hand and, Mac guessed, picking padlocks.:) ;)

  11. link fanatic says:

    ANOTHER EASY ONE!!!!!!!

  12. Anonymous commentor says:

    EASY!

  13. anakin says:

    SO EASY BUT IT PUZZLED ME 4 A WHILE!

  14. mikedsz says:

    too easy

  15. i like dogs says:

    it took me 2.3 seconds.

  16. pie says:

    gueesed it on the first try!

  17. The Joker says:

    I don’t like mysteries

  18. Greebdiver says:

    Hardest yet but makes sence

  19. Popo says:

    That was harder than the others, I think.

  20. Lego Star Wars Master says:

    too easy

  21. mewtwo says:

    to thebobcat.

    me neither.

  22. u89 says:

    eazy pezy

  23. Xterminator says:

    easy

  24. gozzilla2000 says:

    I like it.

  25. Samurai says:

    Just look at the lock in the picture.

  26. Rider of Rohan says:

    I could not tell that th paddlock was a key one not combination

  27. money bags says:

    I do not get it!

  28. Skully_scam says:

    Not too easy though.

  29. can says:

    I like itt alot you should make another one you are good at making games

  30. camn says:

    I like it alot

  31. thebobcat says:

    I don’t get it.

  32. steak says:

    Simple when you figure it out. Took me about a minute.

  33. alex says:

    it was actually hard I think

  34. Metlover says:

    This is really easy!

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