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13th Sep '17 6:20:20 AM jeez
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* In ''FanFic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', the defense attorney Estermann proposes the idea that the prosecutor is bluffing. His secretary Garibaldi asks if it means she's got an ace up her sleeve or if she's actually running on empty.
--> ''Estermann frowned on the inside. His answer was as cryptic to him as it was to his aide and his client. ...Yes.''
6th Sep '17 11:31:34 AM DPsycho
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*** Further, most requests made in Japanese are asked in the negative to avoid there ever being a "no" response. A person is more likely to ask by suggesting "You're probably too busy to do this..." in which case a "yes" would be a clear, concise response, and what would be a "no" generally prompts elaboration. That said, replying just with "no" could produce the results of this trope as the speaker hasn't actually agreed to anything...
6th Sep '17 9:35:02 AM DPsycho
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** When asked where Girard's Gate (the Artifact sealing [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Girard's Rift]]) is, a deliberately unhelpful (but compelled to tell the truth) mummy, does this. It first answers "in the Desert", then, when asked for ulterior clarification, it says "around Girard's Rift" (which the protagonists and readers know already, since it's sealing it), and finally, when asked where Girard's Rift is, it goes: "Between Girard's Buttcheeks."

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** When asked where Girard's Gate (the Artifact sealing [[NegativeSpaceWedgie Girard's Rift]]) is, a deliberately unhelpful (but compelled to tell the truth) mummy, mummy does this. It first answers "in the Desert", then, when asked for ulterior clarification, it says "around Girard's Rift" (which the protagonists and readers know already, since it's sealing it), and finally, when asked where Girard's Rift is, it goes: "Between Girard's Buttcheeks."
6th Sep '17 8:00:04 AM DPsycho
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* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'': In one episode, the heroes were playing with a game that told people's luck with basis on their dates of birth. Mrs. Starkey decided to try and asked Amp when he was born. Despite knowing about the game, he told the hour. When she explained she wanted to know the day, he said he was born in Wednesday.

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* ''Series/SuperhumanSamuraiSyberSquad'': In one episode, the heroes were playing with a game that told people's luck with basis on their dates of birth. Mrs. Starkey decided to try and asked Amp when he was born. Despite knowing about the game, he told the hour. When she explained she wanted to know the day, he said he was born in on Wednesday.



* Famously in the ''Series/{{Only Fools and Horses}}'' episode "If They Could See Us Now", in which Del boy is on a quiz show hosted by Jonathan Ross:

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* Famously in the ''Series/{{Only Fools and Horses}}'' episode "If They Could See Us Now", in which Del boy Boy is on a quiz show hosted by Jonathan Ross:
6th Sep '17 7:51:35 AM DPsycho
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** Another example had Cliff give a long and detailed explanation about why they drank ice cold beer in the middle of winter (which essentially centred around the need to equalise your internal and external temperatures). When he had finished, carla then asked him why they also drank it summer. His response was "What else are we going to do with it?".

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** Another example had Cliff give a long and detailed explanation about why they drank ice cold beer in the middle of winter (which essentially centred around the need to equalise your internal and external temperatures). When he had finished, carla Carla then asked him why they also drank it summer. His response was "What else are we going to do with it?".
5th Sep '17 4:35:32 PM DPsycho
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* ''Invoked'' in ''Film/TheFront''. [[Creator/WoodyAllen Howard Prince]] is eventually brought before [[RedScare HUAC]]. Not wanting to name names, he instead gives responses that allowing him to appear cooperative without actually answering. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they threaten to indict him on his history as a bookie, forcing him into making his brave stand at the climax]].

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* ''Invoked'' in ''Film/TheFront''. [[Creator/WoodyAllen Howard Prince]] is eventually brought before [[RedScare HUAC]]. Not wanting to name names, he instead gives responses that allowing allow him to appear cooperative without actually answering. [[spoiler:Unfortunately, they threaten to indict him on his history as a bookie, forcing him into making his brave stand at the climax]].
5th Sep '17 4:22:32 PM DPsycho
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* In the ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Our Gang]]'' short "School's Out" has several test answers taken from H.M. Walker's Vaudeville routine, many of which take this form.

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* In the The ''[[Film/TheLittleRascals Our Gang]]'' short "School's Out" has features several test answers taken from H.M. Walker's Vaudeville routine, many of which take this form.
29th Aug '17 4:41:35 PM AndyLA
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-->'''Driver''': About two hours?

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-->'''Driver''': About two hours?hours.
29th Aug '17 4:40:22 PM AndyLA
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** And a more painful one

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** And a more painful oneone:


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** A variation on the above:
-->'''Hitchhiker''': How long would it take to get to Miami?
-->'''Driver''': About two hours?
-->'''Hitchhiker''': Can you give me a lift?
-->'''Driver''': Sure, hop in.
-->Four hours pass and they are still on the road.
-->'''Hitchhiker''': Didn't you say it took two hours to get to Miami?
-->'''Driver''': Yes.
-->'''Hitchhiker''': Well, then why's it taking twice that time?
-->'''Driver''': Because I'm not going to Miami.
19th Aug '17 10:21:36 PM SpocktorWho
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* From the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' episode "Hunteri Heroici":
-->'''Dean''': Hey Cas, what's the word?
-->'''Castiel''': It's a shortened version of my name.

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* From ''Series/{{Supernatural}}''
** Castiel irritates Dean with a couple mathematician's answers when they first meet and Dean is trying to figure out who or what Castiel is. Played with somewhat in that Castiel might believe his answers to be legitimately helpful, while
the ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' audience is well aware that he's just telling Dean superficial things he already knows while avoiding the deeper explanation Dean wants.
--->'''Dean''': Who are you?
--->'''Castiel''': I'm the one who gripped you tight and raised you from [[{{Hell}} perdition]].
--->'''Dean''': Yeah.
--->''(a few moments later)''
--->'''Dean''': Who are you?
--->'''Castiel''': [[CaptainObvious Castiel]].[[note]] They just summoned him using his name. [[/note]]
--->'''Dean''': Yeah, I figured that much, I mean ''[[WhatTheHellAreYou what]]'' are you?
** And from the
episode "Hunteri Heroici":
-->'''Dean''': --->'''Dean''': Hey Cas, what's the word?
-->'''Castiel''': --->'''Castiel''': It's a shortened version of my name.
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