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17th Aug '17 3:20:04 PM foxley
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* Averted in Literature/TheSaint short story "The Saint and the Sizzling Saboteur". The police find the matchbook used to [[ManOnFire set fire to the victim]]. One of the officers thinks this might be the clue that breaks the case open, only for the lead detective to reach into his pocket and pull out a matchbook, saying that he has no idea where this particular bar is or how the matchbook came to be in his possession.
17th Aug '17 3:11:52 PM foxley
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* ''Series/{{CSINY}}'': In "White Gold", Hawkes and Flack find a matchbook stuck to the victim's back with blood; having fallen out of the killer's pocket when he dumped the body into a dumpster. This leads them to the bar where he hangs out.
18th Jun '17 9:47:46 AM nombretomado
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* In a [[WaltDisney José Carioca]] story, all they find is a burnt match the villain had used, but he instructs Nestor to take it to all the bars and try to figure out where it came from and who bought it. This naturally doesn't work at all.

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* In a [[WaltDisney [[Creator/WaltDisney José Carioca]] story, all they find is a burnt match the villain had used, but he instructs Nestor to take it to all the bars and try to figure out where it came from and who bought it. This naturally doesn't work at all.
14th May '17 8:04:44 PM ProfessorDetective
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* In the pulp action game ''Adventure!'', each skill description has a small story vignette. The one for the Investigation skill has two people utterly fail to find any clues, and one of them laments that if [[LampshadeHanging this was a detective novel, they would at least have found a matchbox or something]].

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* In the pulp action game ''Adventure!'', ''TabletopGame/{{Adventure}}!'', each skill description has a small story vignette. The one for the Investigation skill has two people utterly fail to find any clues, and one of them laments that if [[LampshadeHanging this was a detective novel, they would at least have found a matchbox or something]].
23rd Apr '17 12:54:53 PM nombretomado
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* A variation occurs in ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003), the turtles follow a matchbox left by a mercenary to the hotel where he and his posse are staying at. Incidentally, since the mercenary can't be shown smoking due to S&P reasons, he is instead given an {{oral fixation}} with the matches themselves.

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* A variation occurs in ''[[TMNT2003 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles]]'' (2003), ''WesternAnimation/TeenageMutantNinjaTurtles2003'', the turtles follow a matchbox left by a mercenary to the hotel where he and his posse are staying at. Incidentally, since the mercenary can't be shown smoking due to S&P reasons, he is instead given an {{oral fixation}} with the matches themselves.
2nd Mar '17 2:51:03 AM foxley
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* ''Series/InspectorGeorgeGently'': In the episode "Peace & Love", the murder victim has a matchbook from a particular bar in his pocket. Played with slightly, in that the barman remembers him even though he only went there once because he swiped all the matchbooks.
2nd Mar '17 2:46:03 AM foxley
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* ''SeriesJonathanCreek'': In "Daemons' Roost", the matchbook the killer used to light the furnace turns out to be an important clue to the killer's identity (although not the one it first appears to be).

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* ''SeriesJonathanCreek'': ''Series/JonathanCreek'': In "Daemons' Roost", the matchbook the killer used to light the furnace turns out to be an important clue to the killer's identity (although not the one it first appears to be).
2nd Mar '17 2:45:02 AM foxley
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* ''SeriesJonathanCreek'': In "Daemons' Roost", the matchbook the killer used to light the furnace turns out to be an important clue to the killer's identity (although not the one it first appears to be).
19th Jan '17 6:52:17 AM erforce
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* In ''Switchback'', one character is able to deduce that other is a SerialKiller by hearing that he has a matchbook from a motel where a high-profile double homicide was committed.
2nd Dec '16 5:51:56 AM Morgenthaler
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* {{Burke}} intentionally subverts this, by going out of his way to obtain matchbooks from bars he's never visited, and deliberately dropping them.

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* {{Burke}} Literature/{{Burke}} intentionally subverts this, by going out of his way to obtain matchbooks from bars he's never visited, and deliberately dropping them.
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