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16th Jun '17 9:48:46 AM nombretomado
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* The last exercise in most of the ''WheresWaldo'' books hides Waldo among about a thousand Waldo lookalikes.

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* The last exercise in most of the ''WheresWaldo'' ''Literature/WheresWaldo'' books hides Waldo among about a thousand Waldo lookalikes.
4th Jun '17 10:47:14 AM Odacon_Spy
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* Similarly, in ''[[Literature/MartinBeck The Laughing Policeman]]'' someone guns nine people in a bus -- all passengers and the driver. One of the victims was a detective investigating an old murder (nearing the statute of limitations), and police assume he was the intended target because of the case. They are only half right. [[spoiler:The primary target was the suspect in the old case, acquitted on insufficient evidence. The one, who killed this time, was the one, who hired him back then.]] The murderer later said that he told the victim to take the bus at this precise time, so that there'd be a few other passengers to throw the police off.[[note]]Ironically, he was a respectable businessman who first organized murdering his ex-lover, then covered the tracks all to protect the well-being of his family.[[/note]] In addition, the old case being reinvestigated is full of false leads, and the detectives find the murderer in the old case files only after the confession.

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* Similarly, in ''[[Literature/MartinBeck The Laughing Policeman]]'' someone guns shoots up a bus and kills nine people in a bus -- all eight passengers and the driver. One of the victims was a detective investigating an old murder (nearing the statute of limitations), and police assume he was the intended target because of the that case. They are only half right. right: [[spoiler:The primary target was the suspect in the old case, acquitted on insufficient evidence. The one, one who killed this time, time was the one, one who hired him back then.]] The murderer later said that he told the victim to take the bus at this precise time, so that there'd be a few other passengers to throw the police off.[[note]]Ironically, he was a respectable businessman who first organized murdering his ex-lover, then covered the tracks all to protect the well-being of his family.[[/note]] In addition, the old case being reinvestigated re-investigated is full of false leads, and the detectives find the murderer in the old case files only after the confession.



** You can purposefully invoke this in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s Shivering Isles expansion, where in one quest, you're tasked with stopping several treasure hunters convinced they've found a ruin filled with riches when they've really stumbled into the fringes of the Realm of Madness. In one room, they become trapped in a cage with a big, obvious lock. You can either fire a magical beam into the cage, killing one adventurer instantly, or you can dump ''thousands'' of identical keys into the cage with them - ''none'' of which will open the lock on the cage. Searching obsessively for the right one will drive one adventurer completely insane before the door opens itself. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]

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** You can purposefully invoke this Invoked and subverted in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion's Shivering Isles expansion, where in Isles'' expansion. In one quest, you're tasked with stopping several treasure hunters convinced they've found a ruin filled with riches when they've really stumbled into the fringes of the Realm of Madness. In one room, they become trapped in are set before a giant cage filled with riches with a big, obvious lock. You can either fire a magical beam into the cage, killing one adventurer instantly, or you can The "Manic" solution here is to dump ''thousands'' of identical keys into the cage with in front of them - but, since this is just a trap, ''none'' of which them will actually open the lock on the cage. Searching obsessively for One of the right adventurers will start frantically searching through the pile of keys to get the treasure and their obsession with finding the "right" one will drive one adventurer them completely insane insane, before the door opens itself.their companion gives up and leaves without them. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]
27th May '17 12:39:19 AM Chabal2
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** Harry is initially concerned that Voldemort has done this with his [[SoulJar Horcruxes]], possibly using an old tin can or a boot and making them nearly impossible to find. Dumbledore points out that Voldemort's narcissism wouldn't allow him to store pieces of his soul in anything other than valuable, unique objects.

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** Harry is initially concerned that Voldemort has done this with his [[SoulJar Horcruxes]], possibly using an old tin can or a boot and making them nearly impossible to find. Dumbledore points out that Voldemort's narcissism wouldn't allow him to store pieces of his soul in anything other than valuable, unique objects. This logic is applied to Portkeys, objects enchanted to serve as one-way teleporters, specifically using empty tincans and used boots so {{Muggles}} won't pick them up and break TheMasquerade.
6th May '17 9:13:19 PM Odacon_Spy
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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** One House Redoran quest tasks you with finding a Dwemer artifacts smuggler. In order to complete the quest, you'll need to find a smuggled Dwemer object which is well-hidden on a table with numerous other mundane items.
*** There's a fairly small but highly intricate [[GameMod quest mod]] which at one point requires you to find a special key to continue. The only room it could possibly be in is entirely filled with keys. Every table and every nook and cranny of the room is covered in keys. As it turns out, the right one [[spoiler:is sticking out from the lock in the door]].

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** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** One House Redoran quest tasks you with finding a Dwemer artifacts smuggler. In order to complete the quest, you'll need to find a smuggled Dwemer object which is well-hidden on a table with numerous other mundane items.
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There's a fairly small but highly intricate [[GameMod quest mod]] for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' which at one point requires you to find a special key to continue. The only room it could possibly be in is entirely filled with keys. Every table and every nook and cranny of the room is covered in keys. As it turns out, the right one [[spoiler:is sticking out from the lock in the door]].
1st May '17 6:53:30 AM Phantom707
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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Sandy insists on playing a game based on this concept called "find the hay in the needle stack". You can guess what this involved.

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* In one episode of ''WesternAnimation/SpongebobSquarepants'', Sandy insists on playing a game based on this an entirely different and separate concept called "find the hay in the needle stack". You can guess what this involved.
7th Apr '17 11:34:01 AM erforce
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* Likewise in ''Film/{{Assassins}}''. While being chased by police including helicopter units, SylvesterStallone's character hides a stolen taxi cab among a bunch of other cabs at their terminal, then climbs into another cab as a passenger and rides it out of there.

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* Likewise in ''Film/{{Assassins}}''. While being chased by police including helicopter units, SylvesterStallone's Creator/SylvesterStallone's character hides a stolen taxi cab among a bunch of other cabs at their terminal, then climbs into another cab as a passenger and rides it out of there.
12th Mar '17 5:18:09 AM tkzv
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* Similarly, in ''[[Literature/MartinBeck The Laughing Policeman]]'' someone guns nine people in a bus -- all passengers and the driver. One of the victims was a detective investigating an old murder (nearing the statute of limitations), and police assume he was the intended target because of the case. They are only half right. [[spoiler:The primary target was the suspect in the old case, acquitted on insufficient evidence. The one, who killed this time, was the one, who hired him back then.]] The murderer later said that he told the victim to take the bus at this precise time, so that there'd be a few other passengers to throw the police off.[[note]]Ironically, he was a respectable businessman who first organized murdering his ex-lover, then covered the tracks all to protect the well-being of his family.[[/note]] In addition, the old case being reinvestigated is full of false leads, and the detectives find the murderer in the old case files only after the confession.
8th Mar '17 2:34:49 PM eroock
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* Used in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' when the Joker leaves the mob bank in a school bus, joining a line of identical buses, none of the cops responding noticed the debris falling off the bus as it left. He timed it to right when kids were getting out of school, so it blended in with all the other school buses.

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* Used A favorite tactic of the Joker in ''Film/TheDarkKnight'' when ''Film/TheDarkKnight'':
** When
the Joker leaves the mob bank in a school bus, joining a line of identical buses, none of the cops responding noticed the debris falling off the bus as it left. He timed it to right when kids were getting out of school, so it blended in with all the other school buses.
** Later at the funeral procession for Commissioner Loeb, the Joker and his henchmen disguise as real honor guards in order to assassinate the mayor. After the act they spread out into the audience made up of similarly dressed policemen.
8th Mar '17 12:53:57 PM BeerBaron
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* There's a fairly small but highly intricate quest mod for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' which at one point requires you to find a special key to continue. The only room it could possibly be in is entirely filled with keys. Every table and every nook and cranny of the room is covered in keys. As it turns out, the right one [[spoiler:is sticking out from the lock in the door]].
* You can purposefully invoke this in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s Shivering Isles expansion, where in one quest, you're tasked with stopping several treasure hunters convinced they've found a ruin filled with riches when they've really stumbled into the fringes of the Realm of Madness. In one room, they become trapped in a cage with a big, obvious lock. You can either fire a magical beam into the cage, killing one adventurer instantly, or you can dump ''thousands'' of identical keys into the cage with them - ''none'' of which will open the lock on the cage. Searching obsessively for the right one will drive one adventurer completely insane before the door opens itself. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]

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* ''Franchise/TheElderScrolls'':
** ''[[VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind Morrowind]]'':
*** One House Redoran quest tasks you with finding a Dwemer artifacts smuggler. In order to complete the quest, you'll need to find a smuggled Dwemer object which is well-hidden on a table with numerous other mundane items.
***
There's a fairly small but highly intricate [[GameMod quest mod for ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIIIMorrowind'' mod]] which at one point requires you to find a special key to continue. The only room it could possibly be in is entirely filled with keys. Every table and every nook and cranny of the room is covered in keys. As it turns out, the right one [[spoiler:is sticking out from the lock in the door]].
* ** You can purposefully invoke this in ''VideoGame/TheElderScrollsIVOblivion'''s Shivering Isles expansion, where in one quest, you're tasked with stopping several treasure hunters convinced they've found a ruin filled with riches when they've really stumbled into the fringes of the Realm of Madness. In one room, they become trapped in a cage with a big, obvious lock. You can either fire a magical beam into the cage, killing one adventurer instantly, or you can dump ''thousands'' of identical keys into the cage with them - ''none'' of which will open the lock on the cage. Searching obsessively for the right one will drive one adventurer completely insane before the door opens itself. [[VideoGameCrueltyPotential Fun stuff.]]
8th Mar '17 12:17:06 AM bt8257
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This kind of challenge is set up so characters can demonstrate their intellect instead of their physical prowess. Figuring out the clue to deduce which is the real MacGuffin may be a SecretTestOfCharacter. Or perhaps a test of lateral thinking - there is often a way to [[CuttingTheKnot Cut The Knot]].

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This kind of challenge is set up so characters can demonstrate their intellect instead of their rather than physical prowess. Figuring out the clue to deduce which is the real MacGuffin may be a SecretTestOfCharacter. Or perhaps a test of lateral thinking - there is often a way to [[CuttingTheKnot Cut The Knot]].
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