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    Default "unlock a mystery" and "solve a mystery"

    Hello.

    Do "unlock a mystery" and "solve a mystery" mean the same thing?

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    It also has clues that help and clues that don't really help, but all clues help solve a mystery.

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    Default Re: "unlock a mystery" and "solve a mystery"

    Unlock a mystery is less common, but suggests an incomplete state of solution, while "solve" a mystery implies a complete understanding of all details.

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    Default Re: "unlock a mystery" and "solve a mystery"

    Quote Originally Posted by Daruma View Post
    Hello.

    Do "unlock a mystery" and "solve a mystery" mean the same thing?

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    It also has clues that help and clues that don't really help, but all clues help solve a mystery.
    I would use 'unlock' only if the metaphor fit. That is, if a 'key' piece of the puzzle is missing and once found the mystery is solved, then 'unlock' is a good term.
    'Solving' generally implies a series of contributory steps, not just one crucial one.

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