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Mathematics Goes to the Movies

by Burkard Polster and Marty Ross


Clue (1985)

(Choose the version with all three endings. This dialogue is part of the first ending.)

MISS SCARLET: You as a mere butler have no access to government secrets. So, I’m afraid your moment has come.
WODSWORTH (?? Check spelling): Not so fast Miss Scarlet. I do know a secret or two.
MISS SCARLET: Oh yeah, such as?
WODSWORTH: The game’s up Scarlet, there are no more bullets left in that gun.
MISS SCARLET: Come on, I am not going to fall for that old trick.
WODSWORTH: It’s not a trick. There was one shot at Mr Body in the study, two for the chandelier, two at the lounge door and one for the singing telegram.
MISS SCARLET: That’s not six.
WODSWORTH: One plus two plus two plus one (1+2+2+1).
MISS SCARLET: Ahah, there was only one shot that got the chandelier. That’s one plus two plus one plus one (1+2+1+1).
WODSWORTH: Even if you were right that would one plus one plus two plus one (1+1+2+1) not one plus two plus one plus one.
MISS SCARLET: Ok, fine 1+2+1…. Shut up! Point is, there is one more bullet left in this gun and guess who is going to get it?