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21st Sep '16 1:51:34 AM PaulA
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* In a ''Literature/PhilipMarlowe'' book, when a woman is giving a confession that Marlowe doubts, she talks of dumping a man's body in a reservoir and Marlowe asks her how she got it over the fence. She blusters about adrenaline and then Marlowe reveals that there is no fence. After she breaks down he admits that he's never been there and really doesn't know about fence or no fence. He just thought she was lying.

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* In a ''Literature/PhilipMarlowe'' book, ''Literature/TheLongGoodbye'', when a woman is giving a confession that Marlowe doubts, she talks of dumping a man's body in a reservoir and Marlowe asks her how she got it over the fence. She blusters about adrenaline and then Marlowe reveals that there is no fence. After she breaks down he admits that he's never been there and really doesn't know about fence or no fence. He just thought she was lying.
21st Jul '16 5:13:30 AM tiiger
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* In a recent episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] are kidnapped and trapped in a warehouse. They escape and shortly after run into a man claiming to be an abducted [[NoSuchAgency NSA agent]]. Sam secretly decides to test him by asking him which way he exited NSA HQ the day before. [[spoiler: The man answers with a route that Sam knows is blocked by construction, revealing that he's an imposter. Sam lets Callen know via TroubleEntendre, and they secretly turn the tables on him.]]

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* In a recent episode of ''Series/NCISLosAngeles'', [[HeterosexualLifePartners Sam and Callen]] are kidnapped and trapped in a warehouse. They escape and shortly after run into a man claiming to be an abducted [[NoSuchAgency NSA agent]]. Sam secretly decides to test him by asking him which way he exited NSA HQ the day before. [[spoiler: The man answers with a route that Sam knows is blocked by construction, revealing that he's an imposter.impostor. Sam lets Callen know via TroubleEntendre, and they secretly turn the tables on him.]]


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* In ''Series/{{Oz}}'', Adebisi asks undercover cop John Basil about various criminals "Desmond Mobay" should know if his identity is genuine. He slips in a name that Basil doesn't recognize, and Basil either knows he's bluffing or suspects he might be.
--->'''Desmond Mobay''': I never heard of that guy.
--->'''Simon Adebisi''': That's because I made him up.
10th Jul '16 8:44:55 PM Mhazard
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* In World War II: A variation for those on watch both used and inverted this system: The guard would state "The Land of the Free," to which an American would reply "And the Home of the Brave." Then the guard would state "The Terror of Flight," to which a German would reply as "And the Gloom of the Grave"... Every American soldier would know the first verse of their national anthem, but only a spy [[INeverSaidItWasPoison trying too hard to pass as one]] would know the ''third'' verse.

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* In World War II: A variation for those on watch both used and inverted this system: The guard would state "The Land of the Free," to which an American would reply "And the Home of the Brave." Then the guard would state "The Terror of Flight," to which a German would reply as "And the Gloom of the Grave"... Every American soldier would [[TrustPassword know the first verse of their national anthem, anthem]], but only a spy [[INeverSaidItWasPoison trying too hard to pass as one]] would know the ''third'' verse.
17th May '16 2:23:35 PM MrDeath
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* In ''Film/DieHard'', John encounters Hans alone on one of the upper floors. Hans quickly pretends to be an escaped hostage, speaking in a convincing American accent instead of his usual British (well, German-ish). John introduces himself, glances at a nearby office directory and asks Hans for his name. In this case, CrazyPrepared Hans gave a name from the directory, Bill Clay. Though John wasn't that convinced by the accent, since it sounded too state-neutral to be real. John says it sounded like he should be on television with it.

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* In ''Film/DieHard'', John encounters Hans alone on one of the upper floors. Hans quickly pretends to be an escaped hostage, speaking in a convincing American accent instead of his usual British (well, German-ish). John introduces himself, glances at a nearby office directory and asks Hans for his name. In this case, CrazyPrepared Hans gave a name from the directory, Bill Clay. Though John wasn't that convinced by still somehow sees through it -- a deleted scene shows he recognized the accent, since watch Hans was wearing, because it sounded too state-neutral to be real. John says it sounded like he should be on television with it.matched some of the other terrorists.
12th May '16 7:28:47 AM nixmith
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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', during a flashback to his time on the island Oliver, impersonating one of Fyer's soldiers, is subjected to this with Fyers asking what boat he came in on, knowing that every soldier who comes to the island does so by airplane. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that Oliver manages to beat the bluff, but Fyers is actually already aware of who he is anyway.

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* In ''Series/{{Arrow}}'', during a flashback to his time on the island Oliver, impersonating one of Fyer's Fyers' soldiers, is subjected to this with Fyers asking what boat he came in on, knowing that every soldier who comes to the island does so by airplane. {{Subverted|Trope}} in that Oliver manages to beat the bluff, but Fyers is actually already aware of who he is anyway.
27th Apr '16 2:33:20 PM tromag
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* A variation in ''Film/MyCousinVinny''. During the climax, Vinny puts his girlfriend Mona on the stand as an expert witness. The prosecutor is suspicious and demands to test her claim as an automotive expert. Knowing what's coming, Vinny smiles and lets the guy try. The prosecutor asks her a pretty specific question about the mechanics of a particular car model. Mona tells him it's a "bullshit" question. He assumes it means she's faking her expertise and tries to call her out on it. She finally provides a detailed explanation of why it's a trick question (that particular car model wasn't made in the year he specified) and provides a possible alternative answer. The prosecutor is caught completely off-guard and accepts the witness.

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* A variation in ''Film/MyCousinVinny''. During the climax, Vinny puts his girlfriend Mona on the stand as an expert witness. The prosecutor is suspicious and demands to test her claim as an automotive expert. Knowing what's coming, Vinny smiles and lets the guy try. The prosecutor He asks her a pretty specific question about the mechanics a very specific model of a particular car model. Mona tells him car, she protests that it's a "bullshit" question. He assumes it means she's faking her expertise and tries to call her out on it. She finally provides a detailed explanation of why it's a trick question (that particular car responds that the model wasn't made in of car he was asking about didn't exist, corrects the year he specified) question, and provides a possible alternative answer. The prosecutor is caught completely off-guard and accepts the witness.then answers it correctly.
20th Apr '16 4:33:50 PM MoPete
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* Not really a case of an imposter, but in ''VideoGame/TalesOfSymphonia'', Lloyd suspects that something's not right with Colette, and tricks her into revealing that [[spoiler:she's lost the ability to feel anything]] by bluffing her about how hot (or cold) the cup of coffee he brought her is.
8th Apr '16 12:33:08 PM ChronoLegion
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* A variation in ''Film/MyCousinVinny''. During the climax, Vinny puts his girlfriend Mona on the stand as an expert witness. The prosecutor is suspicious and demands to test her claim as an automotive expert. Knowing what's coming, Vinny smiles and lets the guy try. The prosecutor asks her a pretty specific question about the mechanics of a particular car model. Mona tells him it's a "bullshit" question. He assumes it means she's faking her expertise and tries to call her out on it. She finally provides a detailed explanation of why it's a trick question (that particular car model wasn't made in the year he specified) and provides a possible alternative answer. The prosecutor is caught completely off-guard and accepts the witness.
8th Apr '16 10:27:48 AM Morgenthaler
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* A storyline on ''ThirdWatch'' had the cops are searching for a pair of rapists who pose as police officers so that they can pull women over and then assault them. At the episodes end, as the fake cops are menacing a woman, the real cops arrive. The fake cops try to claim that the woman's screams for help are just the raving of someone high on drugs. Already suspicious (they know the woman and know she's not an addict), one of the real cops asks the fakers a question in "cop lingo". When he's unable to answer, they instantly know they've caught the criminals.

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* A storyline on ''ThirdWatch'' ''Series/ThirdWatch'' had the cops are searching for a pair of rapists who pose as police officers so that they can pull women over and then assault them. At the episodes end, as the fake cops are menacing a woman, the real cops arrive. The fake cops try to claim that the woman's screams for help are just the raving of someone high on drugs. Already suspicious (they know the woman and know she's not an addict), one of the real cops asks the fakers a question in "cop lingo". When he's unable to answer, they instantly know they've caught the criminals.
31st Mar '16 3:41:27 PM randomtroper89
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* In an early episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael Westen gets close to a ConMan named Quention by claiming they had a mutual former cellmate, Paco, in prison. When Quentin tests Michael's cover ID, he asks about Paco's prison win,e Michael replies that "Paco doesn't drink. What are you trying to pull on me?" He and Sam lampshade this and how Michael had a GutFeeling that Quentin was testing him and just took a shot in the dark.

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* In an early episode of ''Series/BurnNotice'', Michael Westen gets close to a ConMan named Quention by claiming they had a mutual former cellmate, Paco, in prison. When Quentin tests Michael's cover ID, he asks about Paco's prison win,e wine, Michael replies that "Paco doesn't drink. What are you trying to pull on me?" He and Sam lampshade this and how Michael had a GutFeeling that Quentin was testing him and just took a shot in the dark.
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