Sunday Brain Bogglers with a Vengeance!

It’s time for another edition of Sunday Brain Bogglers! If you haven’t, I’d advise you to read the first two just to catch up on Slylock and Max’s difficult relationships with each other and fish.

I only like doing four at a time because there aren’t too many of these, but sometimes it’s hard to get them to fit together coherently. As a result, I’m doing a two-part arc between this Sunday and next. No, it won’t make any sense.

I'm evil that way.

I’m evil that way.

This week: Max Mouse and the Case of Why It Sucks To Be Max Mouse

Tools were stolen from a construction site last night. 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.

Tools were stolen from a construction site last night. 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.

Nails on a chalkboard. Liquor them up and pump in a few pounds of helium, and you have Max’s voice. Slylock tried to keep him from talking, but every once in a while he forgot. And how could he not? For once, he got to solve a case!

“Don’t be silly, Max, you know you’re always wrong. They used a wheelbarrow.”

“But couldn’t it be either–” “Wheelbarrow.”

“Can you prove–” “Wheelbarrow.”

Shady Shrew borrowed music CDs from Roxy Rabbit. When she tried to retrieve them, Shady claimed that they had been stolen. The Shrew insists a burglar entered his house. He says the vase was knocked over when the thief threw the door open. He claims that he called the police when he heard the crash, but that the burglar fled with the CDs before the police arrived. Slylock Fox doesn't believe Shady Shrew.

Shady Shrew borrowed music CDs from Roxy Rabbit. When she tried to retrieve them, Shady claimed that they had been stolen. The Shrew insists a burglar entered his house. He says the vase was knocked over when the thief threw the door open. He claims that he called the police when he heard the crash, but that the burglar fled with the CDs before the police arrived. Slylock Fox doesn’t believe Shady Shrew.

Although the footprints and tire tracks diverged, Slylock followed neither. Instead he stormed straight to the home of Shady Shrew, the only guy he knew who used a wheelbarrow.

Flimsy, but he’d hung people for less.

They wandered into the basement to find him in the middle of a spat with his girlfriend. Slylock stuck his nose in, while Max looked for good music to take as evidence.

Shady’s basement was littered with random bloodstains, stolen merchandise and the meat of his comrades. They nailed him for petty larceny.

Harry Ape's friend stole and then hid a crate of computer games for Harry. The friend told Harry that he went to the library and drew a map of its location in a book. A week later, "The Ape" visited the library to see the map.

Harry Ape’s friend stole and then hid a crate of computer games for Harry. The friend told Harry that he went to the library and drew a map of its location in a book. A week later, “The Ape” visited the library to see the map.

At Max’s insistence, they followed the trail of the bike (it turned out to be a little pink one). It led them straight to Harry Ape, pretending to be literate. Gimme a break, thought Max.

There was a quick jerk at his tail. He stumbled forward as his feet skidded across the barf pink floor. He slid between the massive tomes in the dark shelf, encompassed by shadows. “Revenge…” came a raspy voice.

“Max, you’re not paying attention,” said Slylock.

Slick Smitty has been sneaking into beach front homes to snatch snacks from residents' refrigerators. Smitty wore gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints, but Slylock found prints that match Smitty's in all of the homes.

Slick Smitty has been sneaking into beach front homes to snatch snacks from residents’ refrigerators. Smitty wore gloves to avoid leaving fingerprints, but Slylock found prints that match Smitty’s in all of the homes.

Eventually Max was kicked out of the library for playing in the shelves. Someone wants revenge on me. He tried to lay low and avoid cracking any cases, but his appearance was always heralded by Slylock’s paranoid rants.

“Look, officer!” Slylock cried. “That man is barefoot! Do you think he stole that food?”

That got every potential lawbreaker looking. A fish popped out of the water and stared at Max with its blank, glassy eyes. “Revenge,” it gurgled, before clamping onto his tail.

Slylock smiled. Revenge.

Next week: Some questions are actually answered, plus I flimsily justify Max’s survival.

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About Inkwell

Just your average girl surfing the web for kick-awesome cartoons and comics. I enjoy reading, writing, and listening to my head rattle.
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3 Responses to Sunday Brain Bogglers with a Vengeance!

  1. Ratiocinator says:

    Wait, barf pink floor? You think that’s a normal colour for vomit? I would get that checked out if I were you. Unless you eat a lot of pink stuff, in which case the problem may not be internal bleeding so much as eating too damn much.

    (The solution to the Shady Shrew one is that there are no hinges on the inside of the door, meaning it opens out instead of in, right? Unfortunately I used all of my brainpower for that, and had none left to figure out what incriminated Harry Ape.)

    • Inkwell says:

      Well, I mostly eat catfood, bubblegum and cotton candy. (The cat food’s for texture.) It’s a delicacy where I come from!

      I should have mentioned, the images link to the original site so you can see the answers. You’re asked to figure out what book the map is in, and it turns out to be the dictionary. Reference books can’t be checked out, so no one would leave the building with it. The Shady Shrew one got me, too. Most cartoons don’t detail the hinges anyway.

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