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10th Jan '17 1:02:54 PM BroticusMaximus
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** Also, alchemical research is often written in code to make it difficult for the wrong people to decipher it.

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** Also, alchemical research is often written in code to make it difficult for the wrong people to decipher it. A particularly notable case occurs when it turns out that [[spoiler: a seemingly ordinary cookbook is actually code for the process to create a Philosopher's Stone]].
22nd Nov '16 10:51:01 AM kyeo
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* On ''Series/MurphyBrown'', when Murphy finds out she's pregnant, the first person she tells is Frank, but she's so upset that at first all she can say is "[[UnexpectedPositive The stick was blue]]." Frank, baffled, decides she's invoking this trope and replies, "The dog barked at midnight."
18th Nov '16 6:21:29 PM Prfnoff
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'''Director''': Nobody expects the... [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!]]
::(It is noted in-story that Director's substituting "The Spanish Inquisition" with "The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" was itself a code, stating that GJ has been infiltrated at the highest level. [[spoiler:Indeed, shapechanger Camille Leone was impersonating Dr. Director, and the real Director used the Python code to assure Du that she was real.]]

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'''Director''': Nobody expects the... [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!]]
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Antioch!]][[note]](It is noted in-story that Director's substituting "The Spanish Inquisition" with "The Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch" was itself a code, stating that GJ has been infiltrated at the highest level. [[spoiler:Indeed, shapechanger Camille Leone was impersonating Dr. Director, and the real Director used the Python code to assure Du that she was real.]]]][[/note]]
18th Nov '16 6:20:39 PM Prfnoff
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-->'''Director:''' The Ministry of Silly Walks needs more [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Knights that Say 'Ni'.']]\\
'''Du:''' It's not dead, it's just... resting.\\
'''Director':'' Nobody expects the... [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!]]

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-->'''Director:''' -->'''Director''': The Ministry of Silly Walks needs more [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Knights that Say 'Ni'.']]\\
'''Du:''' '''Du''': It's not dead, it's just... resting.\\
'''Director':'' '''Director''': Nobody expects the... [[Film/MontyPythonAndTheHolyGrail Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch!]]
4th Nov '16 11:27:25 AM ChronoLegion
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** In another, Max is supposed to whistle ''Yankee Doodle'', when he spots the target for his boss to follow. Unfortunately, he doesn't know how it goes, so he has to ask someone. By the time, the target appears, he forgets to whistle and just says "Yankee Doodle, Yankee Doodle". His boss figures it out, though.
4th Nov '16 11:24:32 AM ChronoLegion
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** Maddie also had a code for Michael and his brother, which told them that their [[AbusiveParents father]] was in a drunken rage again.
10th Oct '16 3:21:44 AM LadyJaneGrey
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* At the start of one arc in ''ComicStrip/{{Peanuts}}'', Snoopy gets a letter that consists of three paw prints. "It must be from the Head Beagle," he muses, "it's in code!" (The next strip reveals that is says [[ArcWords "Thompson is in Trouble!]]")
9th Oct '16 12:33:03 PM Bissek
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* This was the purpose of Cockney rhyming slang (ex. apples and pears = stairs), which sounds absolutely silly to Americans. However, when used ''properly'', only the first word would be used - so telling someone that your pitch was upset with John getting his hands on your Persian and now your trouble is brown and you need an April... would be a bad situation to be in. The slang was meant to be impenetrable to outsiders so that dodgy deals could be carried out in relative secrecy unless the listener was also Cockney (and therefore a {{Loveable Rogue}}) and knew what each word actually meant.

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* This was the purpose of Cockney rhyming slang (ex. apples and pears = stairs), which sounds absolutely silly to Americans. However, when used ''properly'', only the first word would be used - so telling someone that your pitch was upset with John getting his hands on your Persian and now your trouble is brown and you need an April... would be a bad situation to be in.in[[note]]Translation: Your boss (pitch) got mad with you and had your wife (trouble) killed (brown) because you allowed the police (John) to seize your drugs (Persian).[[/note]]. The slang was meant to be impenetrable to outsiders so that dodgy deals could be carried out in relative secrecy unless the listener was also Cockney (and therefore a {{Loveable Rogue}}) and knew what each word actually meant.
29th Sep '16 4:00:58 PM roxana
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* [[Series/DangerMan John Drake]] is disgusted to be given some nonsensical Spy Speak to identify himself to a contact. Sitting in the cafe where he's to rendezvous he spots an old friend and the two chat away for a few minutes before the friend - a man Drake has known most of his adult life - gives the password. They both have a good laugh over the absurdity of giving identifying passwords to two men who know each other.
21st Sep '16 4:00:01 PM DaibhidC
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* The ''Literature/TommyAndTuppence'' short story "Blind Man's Bluff" has an improvised metaphor code, as Tommy manages to tell Tuppence that she should phone Albert and get him to follow them when they leave the [[BlandNameProduct Blitz]] Hotel with their new clients, while apparently telling her to place an order with the hotel restaurant for tomorrow's dinner.
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