Mystery of the Ring© - Solution
January, 2002

Opening Clues - The following conversation took place between Tyrell and Simone.

"How can you do this to me?" pleaded Tyrell. "I love you, and I want to marry you."
"I'm sorry, Ty," replied Simone. "I love you, too. But like I said -- No ring. No wedding!"

The Mystery Question - What happened to stop the wedding between Tyrell and Simone?

Winner - Final question was received on 21 January from Connie M. in Seattle, who asked - "Was the missing phone call a "wake-up" call?"

The full details of the Mystery of the Ring -

Tyrell and Simone have been sweethearts ever since their fathers brought them to Mr. T's Co-op Preschool and Truck Driving Academy of Walla Walla, Washington. Now, after 18 years of love and friendship, they had finally decided to get married. The wedding day was set for April 1st.

On March 30th, Simone, now a long-haul trucker, had just completed a last minute, one-way delivery to Roadkill, New Mexico. The next day, her wedding day, Simone was booked on the 7 am puddle jumper to Albuquerque, where she would connect with the 9:10 flight to Seattle. Checking into the Dewdrop Inn at midnight, she asked Bud, the night clerk, to give her a wake up ring at 5 am.

Distracted by the Annual Nude World Wrestling Championships on cable, Bud forgot to make the call. As a result, Simone didn't wake up until noon, long after her flight had left, the only flight of the day. Tears in her eyes, she called her finance in Walla Walla to explain, that -

"No ring. No wedding!"

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