1. Mr. and Mrs.
Perez are not married.
2. Mr. Perez is a doctoral student.
3. Mrs. Perez is Mr. Perez's professor.
4. Mr. Perez plagiarized his thesis.
5. Mrs. Perez suspected Mr. Perez of plagiarism
6. Mrs. Perez found evidence of plagiarism on the Internet.
7. Mrs. Perez is sitting in a car.
8. Mrs. Perez is looking at a window on a laptop computer.
9. The evidence will cause Mr. Perez to be expelled.
Here are the details of the
Mystery of the Open Window -
Mr. Roberto Perez was a doctoral student at The University
of the Antarctic. He was pursuing a Ph.D. in snow management. Mrs.
Josephine Perez (no relation) was a professor of tropical biology
at the U of A. She was also thesis advisor to Mr. Perez. On 21 June,
Mr. Perez visited Professor Perez at her office. After a brief chat
about the bowling league, Mr. Perez presented the Professor with his
finished dissertation titled "A cross species investigation of
snow shoveling in Mozambique."
From her previous experiences with Mr. Perez, Professor
P. suspected the possibility of plagiarism. Hiding out from a week-long
blizzard in her BMW not far from the campus cafeteria near McMurdo
Station, the Professor connected to the Internet. via her laptop computer,
linked to a cell phone. Using Google.com, Mrs. P. conducted a thorough
plagiarism check of Roberto's thesis. Almost immediately the search
window revealed that well over 70% of Mr. Perez's thesis had been
copied from a conference paper presented at the Annual Rain and Snow
Management Conference in 1997. Shaking her head, in disgust
Mrs. Perez could
see Mr. Perez falling to his demise."
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Mystery of the Open Window, Don Fitzmahan, 2002 / Minute Mystery is
trademarked by Don Fitzmahan.