This account is based of Silver Blaze by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The characters and a bit of the plot have been adapted so they better suit this forum. You can cheat if you want, but then, what’s the point?
You have been called in as a private investigator on a case on behalf of Andrew Simmons. He is the owner of Kentucky Derby winner Big Brown, a brown stallion with white leggings. When you arrive to his stables, he approaches you and tells you in a very nervous fashion that his prize horse and the horse’s trainer have gone missing. The Kentucky Derby is in two days and if the horse does not show up to the race, there will be serious “monetary penalties. ” You quickly start your investigation. Your first course of action is to speak with the police inspector who is on the case. You learn from him that a man has been arrested in the case. The man in custody is Jon Hughes, a bookie who was observed spying before the Derby. Obviously, if he kidnapped the horse, he could turn the tables and make huge amounts of money. When arrested, he only had his wallet, keys, and a walking stick. The inspector also informs you that there has been an exhaustive search over the local countryside to find the missing equestrian, but to no avail.
You decide to do a little search of your own. After walking around the countryside near the stables, you pick up a faint trail in some dried mud. They are the impressions of horse hooves and a man’s boots. You find that unfortunately, the tracks occur only sporadically. Following them, you are led to another stable belonging to Pete Samsanov. You ask to search the premises and after a bit of a quarrel with Samsanov, you are gruffly allowed entrance to the stables. Nothing comes of your search. A bit further on, a man runs up to you crying your name. He informs you that Big Brown’s trainer, Richard Cubson has been found…dead in the fields. He was killed by a terrible blow to the head. In Cubson’s hand there is a scarf. This is quickly identified by one of the stable hands as the scarf of Hughes. Near the body, a small scalpel is found. It seems that a puncture in Cubson’s leg was inflicted by this little instrument. It did not do much damage however as it was very delicate. His jacket is also torn on a bit of brush nearby. Upon inspection of his pockets, a candle, and a bill for an Armani suit, purchased by someone named James Kilmer.
You decide to interview some of the stable hands and workers. One of the stable boys, Ned Zeroscon was supposed to be keeping watch over the horse, but somebody drugged his curried chicken dinner and he awoke in a stupor with the horse gone. Upon exiting the room where Ned slept, you encounter a dog. The dog immediately began barking at you and did not stop until you turned the corner. There you observe a bunch of sheep. Their numbers seem to be greatly reduced from the last time you visited your friend’s farm. You are informed that many have died from strange infections.
The day of the race has finally come. Simmons asks you if you have found his horse. So? Do you know where the horse is? Who took the horse? Who killed Cubson? Is Hughes guilty or innocent? Sort through the story and explain the clues. Give it your best go. All answers are accepted.