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7th Jun '18 4:55:56 PM foxley
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* ''Series/FatherBrown'': In "The Two Deaths of Hercule Flambeau", Father Brown sends a desperate message to Flambeau by placing an extremely cryptic advertisement in the newspaper's classifieds.
4th Feb '18 7:47:35 AM ZimFan89
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* In ''Fanfic/DoubleAgentVader'', one of the ways Anakin relieves his feelings is by anonymously sending an elaborate flower arrangement to the annual gala celebrating the founding of the Empire, using the Naboo traditional flower language (which Anakin learned from Padme, and which is one of many Naboo traditions Palpatine never bothered to learn) to say exactly what he thinks of Palpatine. The senator from Naboo also knows the flower language, and gets a certain amount of surreptitious pleasure from decoding the message each year and finds, one year, that it also includes a message to her, warning her of Palpatine's plans to dissolve the Senate and crack down on suspected rebel sympathizers.
19th Jan '18 10:17:33 AM JackG
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* ''The Art of War'' (2000). A female agent is shown printing posters for a Lost Cat, even though said cat is in her room. She's murdered before she has a chance to put the posters up, but the protagonist finds them in her apartment and deciphers the message encoded in each poster.

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* ''The Art of War'' ''Film/TheArtOfWar'' (2000). A female agent is shown printing posters for a Lost Cat, even though said cat is in her room. She's murdered before she has a chance to put the posters up, but the protagonist finds them in her apartment and deciphers the message encoded in each poster.
15th Jan '18 4:50:11 PM Materioptikon
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* In ''FanFic/PurpleDays'', Joffrey finds a mysterious cypher tha he knows for a fact was meant for him and him alone. It turns out to be a double cypher: first, each symbol represents a different letter, correlating to constellations and the different number of stars on each, and the second uses a clue found in Yeen, "everyone but the purple prince steps to the right" - telling Joffrey to move each letter except those in his name one position to the right, finally producing the message.

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* In ''FanFic/PurpleDays'', Joffrey finds a mysterious cypher tha that he knows for a fact was meant for him and him alone. It turns out to be a double cypher: first, each symbol represents a different letter, correlating to constellations and the different number of stars on each, and the second uses a clue found in Yeen, "everyone but the purple prince steps to the right" - telling Joffrey to move each letter except those in his name one position to the right, finally producing the message.
15th Jan '18 4:49:50 PM Materioptikon
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* In ''FanFic/PurpleDays'', Joffrey finds a mysterious cypher tha he knows for a fact was meant for him and him alone. It turns out to be a double cypher: first, each symbol represents a different letter, correlating to constellations and the different number of stars on each, and the second uses a clue found in Yeen, "everyone but the purple prince steps to the right" - telling Joffrey to move each letter except those in his name one position to the right, finally producing the message.
15th Dec '17 3:10:23 AM JackG
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* ''Film/TheIpressFile''. Harry Palmer tries to negotiate a trade with a villain. In reply he's given a flyer with a phone number written on it and told to call at a particular time. Harry however dials the number straight away and is told by the operator that it doesn't exist. Realising he's been fooled, he chases after the villain only to be beaten up by his bodyguard. Harry returns to his boss and admits defeat, whereupon he's told to look at the flyer -- advertising a [[OvertRendevous public band performance]] where the villain is in fact waiting.

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* ''Film/TheIpressFile''.''Film/TheIpcressFile''. Harry Palmer tries to negotiate a trade with a villain. In reply he's given a flyer with a phone number written on it and told to call at a particular time. Harry however dials the number straight away and is told by the operator that it doesn't exist. Realising he's been fooled, he chases after the villain only to be beaten up by his bodyguard. Harry returns to his boss and admits defeat, whereupon he's told to look at the flyer -- advertising a [[OvertRendevous [[OvertRendezvous public band performance]] where the villain is in fact waiting.



* In ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'', a stranded time traveller publishes an advertisement in a newspaper containing a picture of a [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons mushroom]] and the phrase:

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* In ''Literature/TheEndOfEternity'', a stranded time traveller traveler publishes an advertisement in a newspaper containing a picture of a [[UsefulNotes/NuclearWeapons mushroom]] and the phrase:
15th Dec '17 3:09:05 AM JackG
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* ''Film/TheIpressFile''. Harry Palmer tries to negotiate a trade with a villain. In reply he's given a flyer with a phone number written on it and told to call at a particular time. Harry however dials the number straight away and is told by the operator that it doesn't exist. Realising he's been fooled, he chases after the villain only to be beaten up by his bodyguard. Harry returns to his boss and admits defeat, whereupon he's told to look at the flyer -- advertising a [[OvertRendevous public band performance]] where the villain is in fact waiting.
4th Dec '17 2:37:38 PM FordPrefect
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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink", the Doctor records message that a DVD publisher he befriends adds as an EasterEgg on some very specific [=DVDs=] (corresponding to the entire DVD collection of one character) decades later. It makes no sense whatsoever, until late in the episode where it's revealed to be TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: The character's reactions to the scene form a perfectly cohesive conversation with the Doctor (who has a transcript of her reactions) regarding the TARDIS and the Weeping Angels.
** "Bad Wolf" was a subtle message sent all through time and space by Rose, who she sends to send her past self to rescue the Doctor.

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* In the ''Series/DoctorWho'' episode "Blink", the Doctor records a message that a DVD publisher he befriends adds as an EasterEgg on some very specific [=DVDs=] (corresponding to the entire DVD collection of one character) decades later. It makes no sense whatsoever, until late in the episode where it's revealed to be TheTapeKnewYouWouldSayThat: The character's reactions to the scene form a perfectly cohesive conversation with the Doctor (who has a transcript of her reactions) regarding the TARDIS and the Weeping Angels.
** "Bad Wolf" was a subtle message sent all through time and space by Rose, who which she sends to send her past self to rescue the Doctor.
24th Nov '17 11:10:36 PM Cindylover1969
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* Blake Neely's score album for the first season of ''Series/{{Riverdale}'' spells a message with the first letter of each track. [[https://twitter.com/cowonthewall/status/904999463558594560 Go here to see what it is.]]
15th Nov '17 11:34:57 AM Nazetrime
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* ''Series/MillionYenWomen'': [[spoiler:Telling ''all'' the rest of the household what she knew about the invitation sender]], some time after the fact, turns out to have been Minami's way of telling the invitation sender that she had figured out their plans and identity.
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