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his little business is constantly hounded by he secret police and ministry of propaganda

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Clues 2 and 3:

 

Shots that include two recognizable Washington landmarks:

 

An interior shot: an apartment with purple curtains, a bed with a purple and black bedspread, and a view of the Capitol dome.

 

An exterior shot: a park bench by the Tidal Basin. The Jefferson Memorial is visible in the background, but only just, because it's late evening and very misty out.

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Sorry, no to both.

 

Clue #7 -- time for the traditional stretch....

 

Ah, that felt better!

 

Now the clue:

 

Surburban home with a white picket fence. Violet wallpaper inside. (Between this and the purple bedspread in clue #2, I suspect the art director for this film dropped his glasses in a pot of purple dye.)

 

The man of the house is going away on a mission. But he intends to return. Before leaving, he writes his wife a note.

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Clue #8

 

I decided another clue is in order, because of the double play (two incorrect guesses) on #6.

 

And anyway, I want you all to get this by tomorrow.

 

While he's away, his lonely wife takes in a boarder, who seems like a nice young man....

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OK, since it's important to get this today, just as it was for the protagonist to get back home by a date certain (which, nowadays, would have to be at least a month later than the date of September 24 used in this film)...

 

Clue #10:

 

"Mr. Applegate," listed in the previous clue, is only a pseudonym. It's one of many that this character, who has been around a long time, finds it convenient to use. Walter Huston and Peter Cook have also portrayed him, in other incarnations, in other films.

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That's the one, Metz.

 

And now you know why it was important to solve this by today, the opening day of the regular Major League Baseball season (just as, in the movie, Joe's contract runs to what he believes is the end of the regular season, September 24, before interleague play and other changes extended the season by about a month).

 

As I write, it's drizzling in Washington. The game just ended: Atlanta beat the Nats 2-0. The home town team may change its name, but some things never change...

 

Your thread.

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