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"Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries"
 
   (Syndicated)
Label on reel with Ellery Queen Minute Mysteries
   Bill Owen played the role of Ellery. No less than
  520 one minute long mysteries were produced by
  Creative Marketing & Communications,
  Cincinnati, Ohio and issued on a reel-to-reel
  format.
 
            Set 1: November 1965 (episode 1-130)
            Set 2: April 1966 (episode 131-259)
            Set 3: September 1966 (episode 260-390)
            Set 4: February 1967 (episode 391-520)



In alphabetical order here's a list of one minute long mysteries. Each episode opening with "Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries...This is Ellery Queen with the case I call the...

These silly vignettes are reported to have caused outbreaks of giggles among personnel of the stations that aired them, but they could still be heard around the country in odd moments of the broadcast day until the early 1980s. When the licenses to air these programs were terminated, the Creative Marketing geniuses bleeped out Ellery's name from the audio masters and substituted "John Q."
(Nevins)

Initially aired followed by local commercials before the solution was given there also was an alternate format used by several radio stations. They would get a caller on the line, play the first part, and have the caller guess what the solution might be. Then they would play the rest, and if the caller got it right, a prize was won... .

The ones marked with red dot are missing from my
 collection and are therefore unconfirmed titles

Episodic log

  • Absent Reporter
  • Absent-Minded Arsonist
  • Acid Bath
  • Agent's Error
  • Alibi Tree
  • Amateur Suspect
  • Ancient Axe
  • Angle of Death
  • Arrogant Crook
  • Attempted Suicide
  • Backstage Robber
  • Backward Door
  • Bad Man's Bad Man
  • Bargain Villa
  • Bathtub Murder
  • Big Mistake
  • Black Widow's Web
  • Blackberry Killer
  • Blind Spot
  • Bloodstained Book
  • Boastful Detective
  • Bogus Strike
  • Boxer's Fist
  • Brideless Groom
  • Bugged Bush
  • Bungling Bodyguard
  • Buried Evidence
  • Camping-Out Murder
  • Campless Camper
  • Canned Music
  • Canned Heat
  • Careful Footprints
  • Castle Caper
  • Caved-In Alibi
  • Chinese Stamp Caper
  • Civil War Fraud
  • Classroom Surprise
  • Cliffhanger
  • Clock Watcher
  • Confident Attorney
  • Confused Victim
  • Considerate Moon
  • Cool Customer
  • Corrupted Cathedral
  • Counterfeit Politician
  • Crazy Bookkeeper
  • Crossword Puzzle Murder
  • Cruise Ship Killer
  • Curious Constable
  • Curious Eavesdropper
  • Curious Gangland Killing
  • Curious Interpretation
  • Curious Map
  • Dangerous Dog
  • Day-After Murder
  • Dead Witness
  • Deadly Art Dealer
  • Deadly Fall
  • Deadly Weapon
  • Death in the Park
  • Deep Sea Murder
  • Defective Detective
  • Deserted Island
  • Detective's Clock
  • Dial-Tone Killer
  • Disappearing Dagger
  • Disappearing Turk
  • Disloyal Servant
  • Distant Walk
  • Dog Gone Deal
  • Double Dealers
  • Driver's Mistake
  • Dubious Divorce
  • Dubious Doctor
  • Dying Artist
  • Eerie Adventure
  • Elevator Murder
  • Elusive Spy
  • Elusive Witness
  • Endless Search
  • Executive Doodler
  • Executive Slip
  • Expensive Guide
  • Extra Question
  • Eyewitness
  • Faithful Worker
  • Fake Prisoner
  • Faked Death
  • Fallen Actress
  • Fancy Fugitive
  • Far-Out Fish Story
  • Fatal Hunt
  • Fatal Misunderstanding
  • Fatal Trapeze
  • Fiery Fraud
  • Fisherman's Fish Story
  • Flighty Lady
  • Flimsy Alibi
  • Foolish Fisherman
  • Forced Lightning
  • Forgetful Florist
  • Fortunate Weapon
  • Freak Freeze
  • Frosted Affair
  • Frozen Partner
  • Furious Blonde
  • Garlic Eater
  • Gas Stove Murder
  • Gassy Affair
  • Genuine Article
  • Geography Lesson
  • Gold Digger's Story
  • Grim Joker
  • Gunfighter's Gun
  • Handwriting on the Wall
  • Hardselling Zoologist
  • Henpecked Gambler
  • High-Flying Saucer
  • Highway Killer
  • Historical Fake
  • Hot Lead
  • Hot Potato
  • Hot Tamale Murderer
  • Hotshot Driver
  • Hound Dog Swindle
  • Hundred-Year-Old Crime
  • Illegal Entry
  • Illogical Letter
  • Illustrious Ancestor
  • Inside Job
  • Inside Job (different mystery)
  • Invisible Knife
  • Jaded Jewel
  • Kidnap Caper
  • Kidnapped Listener
  • Killer in the Snow
  • Know-It-All
  • Know-it-All (different)
  • Lack of Evidence
  • Lady Spectator
  • Language Barrier
  • Laughable Letter
  • Lax Lawyer
  • Lazy Nephew
  • Lecturer's Lies
  • Liquor Liar
  • Little Known Law  
  • Loaded Dice
  • Locked Room
  • Lonely Road
  • Loose Lip
  • Lost Explorer
  • Loudmouth Nephew
  • Lucky Dope Pusher
  • Lying Lecturer
  • Lying Pigeon
  • Man Who Knew Numbers
  • Man Who Made Gasoline
  • Man Who Wouldn't Return
  • Man-Made Murder
  • Masquerade Death
  • Matchless Suspect
  • Melancholy Student
  • Meticulous Murder
  • Minnesota Swindler
  • Mischievous Scientist
  • Mismatched Murderer
  • Missing Fingerprints
  • Misspelled Note
  • Mistake of the Masquerade
  • Mistaken Date
  • Mummy's Wrap
  • Murder Recipe
  • Murdered Recluse
  • Murderer's Mark
  • Musical Clue
  • Mysterious Contact
  • Mysterious Ham
  • Mysterious Makeup
  • Mysterious Murders
  • Mysterious Rhubarb
  • Neatly-Planned Robbery
  • New Technician
  • Next Door Liar
  • Oakleaf Adventure
  • Obvious Secret
  • Ocean Murder
  • Open-Door Murder
  • Overlooked Tick-Tock
  • Overtrained Watchdog
  • Painting That Talked
  • Parking Lot Alibi
  • Parking Lot Liar
  • Peddling Prospector
  • Phony Photo
  • Phony Promoter
  • Photographed Evidence
  • Picture Book Killer
  • Poison Gas Affair
  • Polar Bear Meal
  • Positive Witness
  • Potato Murder
  • Printed Clue
  • Psychological Error
  • Push-Button Killer
  • Questionable Coat
  • Questionable Constable
  • Questionable Treasure
  • Racetrack Runaround
  • Radio Liar
  • Radio Suspect
  • Raging Imposter
  • Recalled Robber
  • Redwood Liar
  • Rigorous Alibi
  • Rocking Chair Fraud
  • Santa Maria Swindle
  • Scottish Kilt
  • Second Bullet
  • Seeing-Eye Suspect
  • Shatterproof Glass
  • Shotgun Suicide
  • Silver Pound
  • Silver Talents
  • Simple Slip
  • Singing Sheik
  • Singular Stradivarius
  • Ski Bum
  • Sleeping Car Murder
  • Sleepy-Head Murder
  • Slip at Sea
  • Sly Sign Reader
  • Smallest Detail
  • Sniper's Aim
  • Sour Note
  • Southern Exposure
  • Spurious Spectacle
  • Stagecoach Letter
  • Stargazer
  • Strange Jade Carving
  • Strange Ransom Note
  • Strange Summons
  • Strangled Heiress
  • Stray Bullet
  • Street Corner Tragedy
  • Subzero Murder
  • Suicidal Switch
  • Suitbox Surprise
  • Sundial Alibi
  • Sunken Moment
  • Superstitious Landlord
  • Surprise Discovery
  • Suspicious Bus
  • Suspicious Caretaker
  • Suspicious Prints
  • Suspicious Scotch
  • Suspicious Sneeze
  • Suspicious Threesome
  • Swamp Murder
  • Switching Evidence
  • Talented Peacock
  • Talking Fingerprint
  • Tarnished Diamond
  • Teeny Tiny Murder
  • Telephone Witness
  • Telltale Arrow
  • Telltale Axe
  • Telltale Cocktail
  • Telltale Desk
  • Telltale Face
  • Telltale Reflex
  • Telltale Touch
  • Telltale Typewriter
  • Telltale Weapon
  • Terrified Sister
  • Thomas Jefferson Joke
  • Three Girlfriends
  • Three Mysterious Shots
  • Tiger's Fool
  • Time Bomb
  • Timetable Affair
  • Tinkered Tank
  • Transferred Trotter
  • Tricky Telephone
  • Trigger-Happy Naturalist
  • Trussed-Up Mistake
  • Turkish Dervish
  • Turnabout Murder
  • Twisted Cable
  • Twisted Tale
  • Twisted Twain
  • Two-Sided Affair
  • Two-Way Telephone
  • Underground Artist
  • Unlucky Hunter
  • Unnatural Alibi
  • Unreligious Traveler
  • Unstrange Stranger
  • Unusual Scholar
  • Volunteer Suspect
  • Walk-up
  • Water Trick
  • Weird Scientist
  • Well-Dressed Killer
  • Well-Swept Subject
  • Wheel of Fortune
  • Whisky Mystery
  • Windy Witness
  • Woodsman's Revenge
  • Wool Gathering
  • Wrong Robber
  • Wrong Side of Death
  • Wrong Way Painter
  • Wrong Word
  • Wrong-Way Door
  • Wrong-Way Robber
  • X-Ray Eyes

Listen again to Ellery Queen's Minute Mysteries!

Thanks to David Marcum (Maryville, TN)

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