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2nd Jul '16 10:36:56 AM nombretomado
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* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': subverted in the ''Mata Nui Online Game''; the Great Sundial is, of all things, ''underground'', so Takua has to use a gnomon and a [[FantasticLightSource Lightstone]] to simulate 4 o'clock on it to open it.

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* ''{{BIONICLE}}'': ''Toys/{{BIONICLE}}'': subverted in the ''Mata Nui Online Game''; the Great Sundial is, of all things, ''underground'', so Takua has to use a gnomon and a [[FantasticLightSource Lightstone]] to simulate 4 o'clock on it to open it.
6th Jun '16 5:16:54 AM Morgenthaler
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* In Creator/JulesVerne's ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', the entrance to the passage leading BeneathTheEarth is in a crater which is touched by the shadow of a mountain peak at noon during the last few days of June.
* Common in riddles in the ''{{Redwall}}'' series, such as in ''Mattimeo'' when the entrance to an underground city is located by following the shadow of a pine tree.
* In the SherlockHolmes story "The Musgrave Ritual", the eponymous character finds the old crown jewels by the shadow of a tree. He manages to do this even though ''the tree is no longer standing''.

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* In Creator/JulesVerne's ''JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', ''Literature/JourneyToTheCenterOfTheEarth'', the entrance to the passage leading BeneathTheEarth is in a crater which is touched by the shadow of a mountain peak at noon during the last few days of June.
* Common in riddles in the ''{{Redwall}}'' ''Literature/{{Redwall}}'' series, such as in ''Mattimeo'' when the entrance to an underground city is located by following the shadow of a pine tree.
* In the SherlockHolmes Literature/SherlockHolmes story "The Musgrave Ritual", the eponymous character finds the old crown jewels by the shadow of a tree. He manages to do this even though ''the tree is no longer standing''.
1st Jun '16 10:38:53 AM DaibhidC
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To track down a secret site or object, characters must observe a beam of sunshine or moonlight, or a shadow cast by such light, which indicates its location. Often this is only possible at a specific time of day and year, although this limitation [[HandWave may be ignored]] for plot convenience. That said, the idea that you have to race to get the right PlotCoupon to the right place at the right time (which will always be really soon after you find it) makes for great drama, especially if you're racing someone else to be there at the right time.

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To track down a secret site or object, characters must observe a beam of sunshine or moonlight, or a shadow cast by such light, which indicates its location. Often this is only possible at a specific time of day and year, although this limitation [[HandWave may be ignored]] for plot convenience. That said, the idea that you have to race to get the right PlotCoupon to the right place at the right time (which will always be really soon after you find it) makes for great drama, especially if you're racing someone else to be there at the right time.
time. A popular variant is for a character who's good at math to ''work out'' where the shadow would be pointing on the right day.
1st May '16 9:46:27 PM HiddenWindshield
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** A straighter use of this trope is the door to the Sun Warrior temple, which would only open when the sun, focused through a lens, struck a stone on top of the door frame. Aang and [[spoiler:Zuko]] were able to cheat by reflecting the focused light beam onto the stone, rather than waiting for the right time of day.

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** A straighter use of this trope is the door to the Sun Warrior temple, which temple. It would only open on a solstice, when the sun, focused through a lens, struck a stone on top of the door frame. Aang and [[spoiler:Zuko]] were able to cheat by reflecting the focused light beam onto the stone, rather than waiting for the right time day of day.the year.
--->'''Aang:''' [[GettingCrapPastTheRadar Monkey-feathers]]! The solstice again?
29th Mar '16 5:21:10 AM Morgenthaler
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29th Mar '16 3:25:34 AM Morgenthaler
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[[caption-width-right:350:"Put the staff in a certain place at the right time, and it will give you the exact location of the Well of Souls.]]

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29th Mar '16 3:03:28 AM Morgenthaler
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* ''WesternAnimation/AlfredJKwak'': In the Egypt episodes, the secret entry point to the Pharaoh's throne room in the pyramid is only visible at high noon when a mirror reflects the light.
29th Mar '16 2:55:26 AM Morgenthaler
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12th Dec '15 8:57:36 PM Sharlee
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* In the VideoGame/MysteryCaseFiles game ''Ravenhearst Unlocked'', repairing a stained-glass window causes a beam of sunlight to fall through it onto a flagstone in the floor, which conceals a needed item.
10th Nov '15 1:38:47 PM Sharlee
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** On a similar note, at 11:11 am on November 11th, in Anthem, Arizona, USA, sunlight shines directly through stained-glass disks mounted in five pillars (one for each branch of the U.S. military) at the Anthem Veterans Memorial. Most days, the sun's rays through the disks create a random collage of colored light on the Memorial's flagstones, but at that single moment each year, the colors line up to form the Great Seal of the United States.
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