1.24. A man is lying face down, dead, in the desert,
with a match near his outstretched hand. (This is different from #1.25,
#2.2, and #2.12.) (JH; partial JM wording)

1.24 answer: He was with several others in a hot air balloon crossing
the desert. The balloon was punctured and they began to lose altitude.
They tossed all their non-essentials overboard, then their clothing and
food, but were still going to crash in the middle of the desert. Finally,
they drew matches to see who would jump over the side and save the others;
this man lost. Minor variant wording: add that the man is nude.