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A lie or method of misleading where one symbolic clue is kept while all other details are omitted. Listeners will then reconstruct the story based on familiar associations with the symbolic detail.
misclue about suicide: "Last night, there were pills scattered on the floor." (Which I happened to knock over.)

misclue about danger: "I found a gun in my house last night that I didn't own." (It was a water gun.)

misclue about sickness: "Sorry I didn't come to work yesterday. I woke up vomiting." (From a hangover.)
by PaleBlueYacht May 13, 2013
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