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Cherry Caper (Mystery)

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:icontwilightgrimplz: :iconsays2plz: We have a mystery on our hooves everypony and since I just got back from canterlot a few hours ago, I’m too tired to solve it on my own! Somepony has destroyed the Apple family’s cart! I need your sharp wit and genius minds to solve it!

:icontwichallengeconsider: :iconsays2plz: Applejack claims to have just walked out this morning to have found the cart in its current state!

:iconapplejacknoesplz: :iconsays2plz: That’s right I walked over here this morning ta get the cart ready to go sell these here cherries, which Cherry Jubilee kindly sent to me for my work with her! They where gonna sell like cider with how juicy they are, I almost stained my hat a few times already!

:iconlikelystorybroplz: :iconsays2plz: I jus’ walked out here with ma sister this morning and saw it when she did!

:iconapplejackmadplz: :iconsays2plz: Applebloom here has been following me about all week trying to convince ta not leave this morning ta sell these here cherries.

:iconapplebloompoutplz: :iconsays2plz: She’s supposed ta come to school with me today for sibling day!

:icontwilightgrimplz: :iconsays2plz: And were is Big Mac at a time like this?

:iconapplejackwaitwhatplz: :iconsays2plz: Why he’s sleeping, he’s been right tired after bringing all these in from the cherry farm! Wanted ta rest ‘for taking them to town today! One more thing Twilight! Somepony must o’ done this sometime last night before four thirty this morning, I was up by then and woulda heard them!

:icontwilightheeplz: :iconsays2plz: well we have the story know lets take the next step! You know what we need to do Pinkie?

:iconpinkieisexcitedplz: :iconsays2plz: LOOK FOR CLUES!

:iconnoddingtwilightplz: :iconsays2plz: That's right! Get to it!


Note me when you solve it in order to win!

1. Anypony is a suspect: In or out of the picture. It can also be a more than one pony.
2. In order to win you must meet three requirements
-Name the culprit
-Give a motive
-Present at least one relevant clue (But you may need more in order to make a case, or you may not) and say why (Just a simple explanation is needed) they point to your suspect.
3. In order to win you must tell me the answer through a note. Not a comment. (Of course I'd still love to get comments on it. Just not the answer! :) )
4. You have three days to note me the answer! The best one I get by then will be the winner!
5. You can send more than one note, but only the most recent theory will be considered for a prize!

Note: there is no hidden code in this one. Just a mystery.

Note 2: You may need to download this to see all the clues properly. I'm not sure whether or not you'll be able to see them directly on DA.

The mystery HAS been solved

It was solved by master detective: :icondaringblitz:

_____________ANSWER DON'T READ IF YOU WANT TO SOLVE IT_____________

As explained by detective :icondaringblitz: :

"The culprit is Spike

The evidence supporting his crime are the follows:

1 two-way train ticket for Ponyville/Canterlot
-The times match with the time frame the culprit had to have committed the crime
1 Destruction for Dummies book
-Most likely from the Ponyville Library
Several gems across the ground
-One seeming to have a chunk bitten out of it.
The wheel on the wagon being burnt to a crisp

Rarity loves showing off her designs. But the worst enemy to a gorgeous outfit is a stain. The cherries being extra juicy presented a danger for them to stain her outfits, which would be "the worst... possible... thing... EVER!!!!!" Always looking for ways to please Rarity, Spike dawned his cape, top hat, and mustache and went to work. Taking a train from canterlot, and making a stop at the Library for a copy of 'Destruction for Dummies', put Spike at the scene before AJ was awake. He burnt the wheel, dropping a few of his gem-y snacks in the process. He hastily made his way back to the train station to be back in canterlot before anypony would be the wiser."

_____________ANSWER DON'T READ IF YOU WANT TO SOLVE IT_____________

This is the Second mystery piece that I'm uploading, sorry for the long wait! I hope someone has fun solving it.

Like my code pieces the first one to fully solve the mystery will win a prize as detailed here: [link]

If you want any of the individual parts of this (ie. just background) tell me and I'll see what I can do.

Just background: [link]

You're welcome to use this for whatever you want as long as you give credit! (And I'd love a link to your work to see what you came up with!)

If you see any problems please tell me and I'll hopefully be able to improve!

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fatmatuanakaran's avatar
fatmatuanakaranStudent Filmographer
Look at the dirt... SPIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIKEEEEEEEEE! Pinkie Pie Scream01 Pinkie Pie Squint Spike Emote maybe he did this!!!!
MunchKING's avatar
The problem is the 4:30 in the morning bit. Spike has proven to be a late sleeper and an early-bedtime guy if he gets his way, and I doubt Twilight would send out specifically to bust up AJ's stuff. He must have seriously drank a lot of coffee to stay up all night (and miss Rarity's fashion show??) or set his alarm clock early.
idontrunntoofast's avatar
forget all the clues (train ticket, Destruction for dummies, half eaten gems, burnt wagon wheel, and fashion show poster)
this was obviously done by the Cutie Mark Crusaders: "covert cherry crime scene creators YAY"
lightningtumble's avatar
lightningtumbleHobbyist Digital Artist
Of course! They were so good hey even fooled me!
idontrunntoofast's avatar
why those Pests! purposefully plotting perverse plans and pulling pranks on peaceful penurious ponies! they should be penalized!
lightningtumble's avatar
lightningtumbleHobbyist Digital Artist
Assuredly all will attempt amends!
lightningtumble's avatar
lightningtumbleHobbyist Digital Artist
The CMC are never innocent. They've committed a crime before.
idontrunntoofast's avatar
'A' crime? I don't think they could get a single day without breaking a few laws
unless ponyville has no speed limit scootaloo has broken it every day.
they have made a habit of breaking their curfew, disturbing the peace, destruction of public property, intoxicated an older brother + school teacher. heck I bet they even guilty of ripping the labels off of their mattresses ;-)
lightningtumble's avatar
lightningtumbleHobbyist Digital Artist
I suppose you're right!
ramenamber's avatar
ramenamberStudent General Artist
I see a gem on the ground. :P
LTblackcoat's avatar
:iconhappyshrugplz: i was VERY close.
ashbasher22's avatar
ashbasher22Hobbyist Traditional Artist
The Flim Flam Brothers because they want revenge after AJ embarrassed them
Leone-Legender's avatar
This landscape is amaaaaaaaaaaaazing!
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lightningtumbleHobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks, glad you like it!
LTblackcoat's avatar
i have already sent my theroy, on the art itself there is a missing axel on the wheel and left lenth of wood for the cart hadle is too short.
the lowwer barn roof does not quite seems to fit.

the rest is perfectly fine and the details exelent.
KadieKat's avatar
KadieKatHobbyist Traditional Artist
I know someone already guessed it but the two diamonds, there one by those cherries at the bottom and there is a blue one in the ground.
lightningtumble's avatar
lightningtumbleHobbyist Digital Artist
indeed there are diamonds!
KadieKat's avatar
KadieKatHobbyist Traditional Artist
Ohh! Silly Spike!~
VGjoe's avatar
Argh, I knew that he would be involved, but didn't think that he alone was the culprit. Oh well, it was fun trying to figure it out :P
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lightningtumbleHobbyist Digital Artist
Glad you had fun!
VGjoe's avatar
Well, I hope to see more of this. These mystery pics are pretty fun!
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lightningtumbleHobbyist Digital Artist
Well I plan to do more when I've got a chance so as long as you stick around you'll probably see some more! :)
VGjoe's avatar
Right, that settles it, I'm "watching" you.

...boy, does that sound weird >_>
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