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  •  There's a fine line (6+ / 0-)

    between giving us enough information and putting in a blinking Dan-Brown-style neon arrow pointing to the clue.

    There's an Agatha Christie novel (sorry, I forget which one) where the murder victim left a handwritten note:

    possession
    I am posessed
    He is possessed
    Hastings wonders if the woman had some notion of demonic possession.  Poirot later reveals that he noted the variant spellings, surmised that she was using it in a sentence to figure out which spelling was right, and got from there to the likelihood that she was revising her will.  

    That's the right amount of clue.  Telling us the victim left a note, but never divulging the contents, would not have been playing fair.

    I shall die, but that is all that I shall do for Death; I am not on his payroll. - Edna St. Vincent Millay

    by Tara the Antisocial Social Worker on Wed Nov 06, 2013 at 07:15:36 PM PST

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