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IQ: Dark and stormy nights

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With its recent run of bedtime thunderstorms, Colorado Springs has felt like the setting to an old-school whodunit. It made us wonder: Does the public have the same appetite for unsolved mysteries as in the days of Columbo?

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Marilyn Joseph
West side

Child care professional

Name a mystery you wish you could solve. The Midsomer murder in the British TV series.

Do you get caught up in real-life murder and missing-persons mysteries? I always look at the missing persons posters at Wal-Mart, and I watch all the CSI shows on TV, and movies like Without a Trace. My favorites, though, are shows like Sherlock Holmes, Miss Marple and the Inspector Jericho series on PBS.

If you were a detective, what would your code name be? I'd be "The One."

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Brian Frost
Kissing Camels area

Talent management consultant

Do you get off on shows like CSI and Law & Order? My wife loves those shows, but I only tolerate them. She doesn't like sports, though, so I watch all the CSI and Law & Order with her that she wants all summer, and I get to watch all the football I want in the fall.

Pretend you're a detective. What's your code name? Big Texan.

Is there a mystery you'd love to solve? Bigfoot. I'm skeptical, personally, but I know a number of people who believe it. It would be cool if it were true.

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Willi Lempert
Chipita Park

Anthropology professor

Given the chance, what mystery would you solve? What really happened to Capt. James Cook in Hawaii in the 18th century.

Do you get into CSI-type shows? They're OK, but I liked the Sherlock Holmes movie last year better, and I like House a lot — a sort of disease whodunit.

Would you rather figure out Bigfoot or the Loch Ness Monster? Bigfoot. A surviving apelike human is a lot more likely than a surviving dinosaur.

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Kristen Clingerman
Constitution & Union

Sixth-grade teacher

Is there a mystery you wish you could solve? I'm from Michigan. I want to know where Jimmy Hoffa is buried.

Do you enjoy murder mysteries? I love Forensic Files, I love the ID Channel. Pretty much all I watch are mysteries, especially those involving real-life incidents and people.

If you were a detective, what would your code name be? Pink Teddy Bear.

Would you rather solve the Bigfoot or the Loch Ness mystery? I'm all about Sasquatch. Back home in Michigan last Christmas, I took my little niece and nephew on a backyard Yeti hunt. We found tracks.

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