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TMM #11: Death in the Blue Room

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 22, 2017 in Movies, Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

TMM #11: Death in the Blue Room
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

This week, we provide you with another in the rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Don’t hold me to the two-minute part… but it’s close. That’s how long it will take to read. Solving the mystery may, however, take more than two minutes. Examine the clues; test your sleuthing skills.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my Shadow in Review website a dozen years ago. The one presented here today was one of those. Perhaps you’ll remember it, and remember the solution, as well. And perhaps not…

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.

The solution, at least the one that author had in mind, will appear (below) next Friday. That gives you time to mull over the crime.

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TMM #10: The Grove of Mystery

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, September 1, 2017 in Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

TMM #10: The Grove of Mystery
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

Here’s a new entry in my rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Another chance to match wits with The Shadow, solve the mystery along with crimedom’s nemesis. Sharpen your sleuthing skills and give it a couple minutes of your valuable time.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my Shadow in Review website, a dozen or more years ago. You may remember it… you may remember the solution, as well. But for those of you who missed it the first time around, here’s a summer rerun!

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.

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TMM #8: Return of the Gray Ghost

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, July 21, 2017 in Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

TMM #8: Return of the Gray Ghost
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

It’s time for another in my rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Or maybe three minutes. Can you solve the mystery along with The Shadow? That may take more than two minutes. Just look at the clews (or “clues,” as it’s spelled these days), and test your sleuthing skills.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my old Shadow in Review website. Perhaps you’ll remember it, and remember the solution, as well. Perhaps your memory is better than mine…

This mystery is based upon the original pulp character, The Shadow and his aides. Black cloak, slouch hat… you know.

The solution, not necessarily the only solution, but the one the author had in mind, will appear (below) next Friday. That gives you time to mull over the crime.

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TMM #7: The Death Token of Kublai Khan

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, June 23, 2017 in Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

TMM #7: The Death Token of Kublai Khan
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

Here is another in this rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Okay, so it may take a bit more than two minutes… but it’s close. Read it, then test your sleuthing skills to solve the mystery.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my Shadow in Review” website. The one presented here today was one of those. Did you read it the first time? Do you remember the solution?

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.

The solution, not necessarily the only solution, but the one the author had in mind, will appear (below) next Friday. That gives you time to mull over the crime.

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TMM #6: The Phantom Killer

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, June 2, 2017 in Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 4 minutes

TMM #6: The Phantom Killer
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

It’s time for another in my rotating series of The Shadow two-minute mysteries. Two minutes? Really. Yeah, well, give-or-take. That’s approximately how much time you’ll invest in reading it. Solving the mystery along with The Shadow may, however, take more than two minutes. Examine the clues; test your sleuthing skills.

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my “Shadow in Review” website a dozen years ago. The one presented here today was one of those. Perhaps you’ll remember it, and remember the solution, as well. And perhaps not…

This mystery is based upon the original 1930s pulp character, The Shadow. Not the radio version. No clouding men’s minds, here. Just a black cloak and slouch hat.

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TMM #5: Death in the Adirondacks

Posted by at 10:00 am Friday, May 12, 2017 in Pulp, The Shadow, Two-Minute Mystery
Estimated reading time: 5 minutes

TMM #5: Death in the Adirondacks
A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

A series of puzzlers starring a classic pulp figure

This is the fifth in a rotating series of Shadow Two-Minute Mysteries. Pit your mind against that of The Shadow that appeared in the pulp magazine stories. Harry Vincent is an agent. Burbank is in charge of communications. And there’s no mention of “clouding men’s minds.”

This mini-mystery originally appeared on my old Shadow in Review website. But that was years ago, and I suspect even if you remember it, you may have forgotten the vital clue. For those of you with a memory sharper than mine, you may remember it.

The solution, not necessarily the only solution, but the one the author had in mind, will appear (below) next Friday. That gives you time to mull over the crime.

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