Fan of detective TV shows and movies? One of your nighttime hobbies includes binge-watching true crime shows on Netflix? Well, now is a perfect time to prove it!

Imagine you're given five minutes to hide a paperclip in your home from a detective who has 24 hours to find it. If they don't, you get $10,000. The question is, where are you going to hide the paperclip?

Such a puzzle was posted by one Reddit user in one of the most popular subreddits of all time—r/AskReddit. With almost 80k people liking the now-viral thread, it was only obvious we'd find some amusing, hilarious, and smart replies there. Ranging from laugh-out-loud funny to alarming (you'll find some suspiciously genius answers below), these 30 replies will surely be entertaining to read. After you're done reading the list, think up a strategy of where you'd hide a paperclip in your home and share your answer with all of us in the comment section down below!

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#1

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit inside the rubbing alcohol bottle. that way the paperclip sniffing dogs can't find it.

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Troux
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1 month ago

"Paperclip sniffing dogs" 😂

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#2

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit Somewhere safe where ill find it later. Just like everything else I can't find.

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bv7hearts
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1 month ago

I feel attacked.

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#3

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit I'd un bend it. Then force it down the tube of a near empty pen.

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Tanner Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

Big Brain!

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#4

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit Burying it with the last detectives who tried.

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Stille20
Community Member
1 month ago

Dark.. funny.. but also... fresh ground dirt

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#5

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit I'm gonna pass. Something tells me this detective is gonna do more than 10,000 worth of damage to my house looking for it. So unless he has a warrant I'm gonna say no.

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Created 2 Worship
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1 month ago

Honestly, I would just put it in a pile of 100 paper clips. He/She would have a 1/100 chance of finding it.

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#6

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit I'd put it in my mask to form the nose bridge.

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Sean Baxter
Community Member
1 month ago

Sorry sir, I can't take off my mask!

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#7

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit I’d glue it to the bottom of my shoe. I’d literally be standing there watching him look around my house, and trying not to look down.

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Tanner Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

That's just cruel ;)

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#8

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit In a septic tank. If they find it, they deserve to keep that $10,000.

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Stille20
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1 month ago

Can you access a septic tank in 5 minutes?

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#9

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit Just hide a bunch of paperclips, when he finds one he'll stop searching

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Zhaoheng Liu
Community Member
1 month ago

melt the paperclip onto something metal so he will just look over it

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#10

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit Give it my toddler...never to be seen again

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Noah Szejbach
Community Member
1 month ago

parent problems.... your a wizard ya know that?

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#11

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit Force it down the corrugation of one of the Amazon boxes I've yet to take out to recycling.

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Opal4eva
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1 month ago

Where is it? 🧐

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#12

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit Push it through a drywall wall between studs and it should fall to the blocking at 4' increments off the ground code requires. If you can, put a nail into the hole and hang a painting or w/e to hide the small hole, or some Spackle. Later, use a magnet to attract it through the drywall and draw it back up to a hole or other opening in the wall. Even if the detective saw the hole, the paperclip isn't there, that's just the retrieval and drop point. It'd basically be impossible to find without ripping all the walls out. I doubt they could detect it, even using a metal detector because of all the background ferrous metal in nails, nail stops, Simpson clips, wiring, etc. that the detector would pick up everywhere else.

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Tanner Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

Well... that's elaborate

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#13

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit In the junk drawer. Good luck finding anything you're looking for.

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Sean Baxter
Community Member
1 month ago

Facts.

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#14

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit Between the radiator fins of the split-type air conditioner. It's easy to insert, yet the position is not very accessible and would need to disassemble that aircon just to get a glimpse of it.

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Tanner Wright
Community Member
1 month ago

That right there is some next level thinking

#15

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit in the spine of a book (i have a room of ceiling to floor shelves)

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Kenna Cook
Community Member
1 month ago

I have a bookcase in my house that's three stories high, it goes from my basement to the second floor.

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#16

1. Push it into a fresh turd in the kitty litter.

2. Straighten it out and insert it into one of those pin and string pictures

3. Shape it like a large staple and then use that to staple together some papers.

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Opal4eva
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1 month ago

Omg the first one haha

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#17

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit I'd tape it on the inside of one of the fabric labels on my winter coat, which is currently in a suitcase in my closet with the rest of my winter stuff

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Devyn Nagy
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1 month ago

What is with that tag!?

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#18

Firstly I'd straighten it out so it doesn't immediately look like a paperclip. That might help both if it's spotted and in finding a place for it. I would then push it into the gathered fabric at the top of my living room curtains, where it would be absolutely impossible to distinguish from the curtain hooks.

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1 month ago

:D

#19

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit In the attic insulation

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Stille20
Community Member
1 month ago

Yes, but you would have to be super careful not to get the insulation anywhere or it will tip them off

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#20

I would go into the roof and slide it in between two tiles in a random spot.

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Noah Szejbach
Community Member
1 month ago

100000 iq

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#21

With the rest of the paperclips. He'll never know which one is the right one!

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Created 2 Worship
Community Member
1 month ago

YASS! THAT IS WHAT I SAID IN THE FIRST PIC!

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#22

Behind the plate that's screwed into the wall for my carbon monoxide detector

Straighten it out and glue it to the inside of a reusable straw

Bra underwire

Dryer lint trap

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Joker_29
Community Member
1 month ago

Might guess the bra one, especially if they’re female

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#23

Burn one of the many Yankee candles in the apartment until the wax melts, drop it in, let the wax solidify over it.

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Stille20
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1 month ago

5 minutes get the freezer ready... also obvious candle smell

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#24

Five-Minutes-To-Hide-Paperclip-In-House-Reddit In an electrical socket.

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Titas Burinskas
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1 month ago

I'm pretty sure that would cause a power outage

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#25

Push it through a hole in the silicone lining of my tub. Then reseal it.

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Joker_29
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1 month ago

What?

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#26

One extra ring in a spiral notebook.

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John Tan
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1 month ago

it would be kinda disfigured

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#27

In the attic, stuffed between insulation. I doubt he/she will want to risk fiber glass splinters looking for it.

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Noah Szejbach
Community Member
1 month ago

pain drives the soul away, but gloves comes to save the day

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#28

I'll just temporarily make someone else the owner of my house and when I'm homeless I'll just chuck it in the woods somewhere.

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Lyra Fortune
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1 month ago

Thmawt

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#29

Between two slices of bread in the freezer.

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Emilingo
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1 month ago

I'd straighten it out, and put it under the meshy part underneath my carpet, in the corner behind my bed. :) in fact, I'll do that, see if anybody finds it ever.

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#30

Inside the mattress or natures pocket

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GumiBear
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1 month ago

Ewww.

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