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31st Mar '18 12:37:04 AM JackG
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* ''Film/WonderWoman2017''. Steve Trevor thinks they're BeingWatched by German agents. As they pass a man standing in a doorway reading a newspaper, he raises the newspaper as if to hide his face, only confirming Steve's suspicions.
24th Feb '18 1:23:08 AM JackG
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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. In "Hush" [[CovertPervert Willow]] hides behind an open writing pad to spy on Buffy flirting with Riley.

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* ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''. ''Series/BuffyTheVampireSlayer''.
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In "Hush" [[CovertPervert Willow]] hides behind an open writing pad to spy on Buffy flirting with Riley.Riley.
** In "Go Fish", Buffy attempts this but gives herself away by the fact that she's [[RushedInvertedReading holding her magazine upside down]].
28th Jan '18 11:35:35 PM foxley
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* ''Series/MacGyver'', "Thief of Budapest" has a scene in which [=McGyver=] hacks a stoplight control box standing in the middle of main street. His cover? People on both sides with newspapers spread out wide.

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* ''Series/MacGyver'', ''Series/MacGyver1985'', "Thief of Budapest" has a scene in which [=McGyver=] hacks a stoplight control box standing in the middle of main street. His cover? People on both sides with newspapers spread out wide.
2nd Jan '18 9:00:33 AM Nadim
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* In an episode of ''Series/TheSuiteLifeOfZackAndCody'', Zack and Cody pull newpapers to disguise themselves. However, Zack adds a mouth-hole in his newspaper to eat french fries resulting in the two of them being caught by Maddie.


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* ''Series/{{Wizards of Waverly Place}}'': Alex insists that she and Mason do this at Zeke's party since she is embarrassed of Mason's werewolf form.
13th Nov '17 9:39:14 PM JackG
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* Literature/JohnRain doesn't think this is good tradecraft because not having a newspaper gives you an excuse to scan the crowd under the guise of idle people-watching, whereas someone with a newspaper would be expected to look at it instead of their surroundings.
5th Aug '17 4:21:00 AM scooter
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** It's especially egregious in Jamie's case, since the newspaper does nothing to hide his lower half, and the authorities are ''specifically looking for a young man in a kilt.'' (The scene takes place at Gatwick Airport in 1960s London. Not too many boys in kilts.)

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** It's especially egregious in Jamie's case, since the newspaper does nothing to hide his lower half, and the authorities are ''specifically looking for a young man in a kilt.'' (The scene takes place at Gatwick Airport in 1960s London. Not too many boys in kilts.) ''
5th Aug '17 4:20:11 AM scooter
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** It's especially egregious in Jamie's case, since the newspaper does nothing to hide his lower half, and the authorities are ''specifically looking for a young man in a kilt.'' (The scene takes place at Gatwick Airport in 1960s London. Not too many boys in kilts.)
20th Jun '17 7:57:58 AM Gosicrystal
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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Hermione does this with a book (which is upside down) when Professor [=McGonagall=] comes in and takes Harry's Firebolt (Hermione having told [=McGonagall=] that Harry received it with no card and suspecting it to be from Sirius Black[[spoiler:, an assumption that turns out to be AccidentallyAccurate, except he hadn't harmed it]]), to hide her face from Ron and Harry, who round on her as soon as [=McGonagall=] is gone and start getting after her for tattling.

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* In ''Literature/HarryPotterAndThePrisonerOfAzkaban'', Hermione does this with a book (which is upside down) when Professor [=McGonagall=] comes in and takes Harry's Firebolt (Hermione having told [=McGonagall=] that Harry received it with no card and suspecting it to be from Sirius Black[[spoiler:, an assumption that turns out to be AccidentallyAccurate, accurate, except he hadn't harmed it]]), to hide her face from Ron and Harry, who round on her as soon as [=McGonagall=] is gone and start getting after her for tattling.
14th May '17 11:54:02 AM Vir
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* Subverted in an episode of ''EdEddNEddy'' where the Eds are spying on the cul-da-sac kids. In one scene, Eddy is seen leaning against a street pole holding a newspaper over his face as some neighbor kids walk by. Once they pass, the "newspaper Eddy" turns out to be a cardboard cut-out that falls over as the real Eddy [[BehindAStick pops out from behind the street pole with a pair of binoculars.]]

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* Subverted in an episode of ''EdEddNEddy'' ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'' where the Eds are spying on the cul-da-sac kids. In one scene, Eddy is seen leaning against a street pole holding a newspaper over his face as some neighbor kids walk by. Once they pass, the "newspaper Eddy" turns out to be a cardboard cut-out that falls over as the real Eddy [[BehindAStick pops out from behind the street pole with a pair of binoculars.]]
10th May '17 2:38:20 AM simonscot
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* Early in ''VideoGame/Persona5'', [[StudentCouncilPresident Makoto]] can be seen tailing the PlayerCharacter while keeping her nose buried in a huge manga magazine she clearly isn't reading. She'll also run to keep up with him ''while still buried in the mag'', which looks as hilarious (and precarious) as it sounds.
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