History Headscratchers / Clue

15th Mar '18 9:17:50 AM Bergamot
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*** Green's implication that he was never really a homosexual bears out the theory that the FBI deliberately leaked false information to Boddy in the hopes that he would take the bait and attempt to extort Green. The "informant" who provided this false information to Boddy could well have been [[spoiler:the evangelist]], who, as stated above, would have been in a great position to know if Green was gay (and thus seemed like a reliable source to Boddy or his informants). The ploy worked, and Green used this identity as a "victim" to continue gathering information on Boddy's informants before they made an arrest. [[spoiler: The evangelist]] would have then been invited to the party along with all the other informants, which is why Wadworth wasn't surprised to see him...[[spoiler:and Green, who knew the evangelist would turn up, played along with the others to maintain cover.]]
15th Mar '18 8:49:03 AM Bergamot
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**** The letter they all received stated that "Mr. Boddy will bring to an end a certain long-standing, confidential, and painful financial liability," so each of them went into the dinner party knowing their blackmailing finally be over.
*** It may be that none of them knew beforehand that all the ''others'' were victims of the same blackmailer--for all they knew, the dinner party was just a cover and at some point in the evening, Mr. Boddy would approach them privately. They began to suspect something more was afoot during dinner, when they realized all the guests were connected in some way or another...but with no way to be certain, the smartest thing for each of them was to keep quiet and see where all this was going, since it could still be coincidence (everyone in D.C. knows one another, after all). Certainly a few people were getting nervous enough to ask what's going on during dinner. Immediately after dinner, Wadsworth straight-up told them what was going on. From the time of their arrivals to the moment Wadsworth spilled the beans was perhaps (in universe) an hour--not a lot of time to form an opinion, certainly not enough time to trust a stranger enough to ask "yo, are you being blackmailed, too?"
20th May '17 12:56:30 PM Bergamot
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** (The obvious answer is that if [[spoiler:Wadsworth/Mr. Green]] jumped out a window and the cops stormed in after the first murder, the movie would have been only twenty minutes long. The meta-answer is that whatever character jumps out the window is instantly exempted from being the murderer, which potentially ruins one of the three endings. ''But still!'')
20th May '17 12:43:06 PM Bergamot
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*** Except that back-up ''was'' available--[[spoiler:the door-to-door evangelist was the Chief, and the moment the group steps outside, G-men and police leap out of the bushes to surround them.]]



** For that matter, why would J. Edgar Hoover himself call the house in which there was an ongoing undercover investigation? Finding out that the head of the FBI so much as knew his telephone number might cause even the most hardened criminal to give up his plans and flee, possibly after murdering the rest of the guests. (And even if it ''wasn't'' the real Hoover, but another senior agent who gave that name as an alias...really, you'd think the FBI could come up with a better, less immediately-identifiable codename.)



** 1. The cop ''was'' invited. Wadsworth said that everyone had been invited there. He wore his uniform perhaps because he was uncertain what would happen and a uniform is really a cop's best (psychological) weapon. Really, who's to say? 2. "They" was the people who had seen the photo of Yvette as a prostitute, ''in flagrante delecto'' with Col. Mustard. 3. Whether there is a "real" ending depends on what version you watch, but in that ''particular'' ending Wadsworth obviously found it to his advantage not to be the actual killer of anyone, in case there was legal trouble.

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** 1. The cop ''was'' invited. Wadsworth said that everyone had been invited there. He wore his uniform perhaps because he was uncertain what would happen and a uniform is really a cop's best (psychological) weapon. Really, who's to say? 2. "They" was the people who had seen the photo of Yvette as a prostitute, ''in flagrante delecto'' with Col. Mustard. 3. Whether there is a "real" ending depends on what version you watch, but in that ''particular'' ending Wadsworth obviously found it to his advantage not to be the actual killer of anyone, in case there was legal trouble.
28th Mar '17 8:14:39 AM DoctorNemesis
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** He might not have been immediately able to. By the very nature of the job, undercover operatives generally don't have quick access to back-up, since having a whole bunch of FBI agents lurking around would potentially spook the people he was going undercover on. Back-up might not have been immediately available to him and if he'd revealed his cover there might not have been anything stopping the others from murdering ''him'' to silence him before getting the hell out of there, meaning that he wouldn't have had much choice but to keep up his cover despite the bodies dropping around him if he wanted to figure out what was going on.
25th Feb '17 10:12:32 AM ElvenQueen
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*** Except that [[spoiler: both Professor Plum and Mrs. Peacock]] are in the kitchen with the others in the beginning of the scene where the cook's corpse is found. So either the killer used the secret passage while most everyone else was gathered around the cook, or just slipped out of the kitchen and hurried back to the study. The latter scenario might be simpler and less risky than going through the secret passage, except Wadsworth never says anything about Mr. Boddy's murder in the second and third endings that contradicts what he says about it during TheSummation, so the murderer must have used the kitchen/study passage. Perhaps everyone was too distracted by the cook's body to notice the killer going into the secret passage (it's worth mentioning that the conservatory/lounge passage opens without making a sound during the scene where the motorist is killed, presumably because he's too focused on his phone call to notice any noise being made), but my question of how [[spoiler: Professor Plum]] knew about the passage still stands.

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*** Except that [[spoiler: both Professor Plum and Mrs. Peacock]] are ''are'' in the kitchen with the others in the beginning of the scene where the cook's corpse is found.found--they're standing on the stairs with Colonel Mustard, Miss Scarlet, and Mrs. White as Mr. Green has a look around the room. So either the killer used the secret passage while most everyone else was gathered around the cook, or just slipped out of the kitchen and hurried back to the study. The latter scenario might be simpler and less risky than going through the secret passage, except Wadsworth never says anything about Mr. Boddy's murder in the second and third endings that contradicts what he says about it during TheSummation, so the murderer must have used the kitchen/study passage. Perhaps everyone was too distracted by the cook's body to notice the killer going into the secret passage (it's worth mentioning that the conservatory/lounge passage opens without making a sound during the scene where the motorist is killed, presumably because he's too focused on his phone call to notice any noise being made), but my question of how [[spoiler: Professor Plum]] knew about the passage still stands.
25th Feb '17 12:30:00 AM Ingonyama
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**** It is noteworthy that Professor Plum and Mrs. Peacock are not shown in the kitchen until sometime into the scene, after Colonel Mustard accuses Mrs. White and then suddenly realizes who had the dagger; prior to this the scene conspicuously shows only Green, Mustard, Scarlet, and White gathered around the Cook's body, and when Mustard turns to demand answers from Wadsworth he is standing alone by the banister near the kitchen door. So there was plenty of time for one of them to have either gone through the passage or down the hall to the study, then return only near the end of the kitchen scene. (Presumably in the third ending Plum must have either gone through the passage or hidden somewhere in the hall until Mrs. Peacock recovered enough to make it to the kitchen, or else she'd have been there to witness him killing Mr. Boddy.) How Plum would know about the passage indeed makes no sense...so I think this is an artifact of the script being written with contradictions to allow for different endings. The secret passage was included as a MythologyGag and works for the other two endings via Yvette and the Cook; the third ending probably didn't use the secret passage at all, but the dialogue had to stay to explain the first two endings, so...
21st Feb '17 7:45:39 PM Sharlee
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** Possibly he'd been sent in with explicit orders to neutralize the security threat posed by Mr. Boddy's blackmail materials - materials, which might have included dirty laundry on other government personnel not present - no matter the cost. He had to keep playing along until he either found the whole stash, or the blackmailer was indisputably confirmed dead. And he couldn't be sure that ''Yvette'' wasn't in on Mr. Boddy's scheme: she'd been recording the incriminating conversation in the study, after all.
19th Feb '17 3:41:18 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Communication with the outside world has largely been cut,
19th Feb '17 3:25:28 AM DoctorNemesis
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** Communication with the outside world has largely been cut,


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*** With respect to the creators, so what? DeathOfTheAuthor, my friend; those schmucks can't tell you what to do. Title cards aren't legally binding and the very fact that there's three possible endings provided to begin with means that the creators are on shaky ground saying what the "right" ending is; otherwise, they'd have just provided that one from the start.
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