An innocent man is accused of murdering a loan shark, and the chief witness against him is an accountant with an infallible memory.

I don’t like this story. I remember it well enough. The guest at the banquet is the man’s lawyer, and there’s a spirited debate on the virtues of lawyers and our legal system which is quite good, and the case against the defendant is made satisfactorily strong.

The problem is that the solution to the problem depends on the possibility of an accountant (who spends all day long with dollars and cents) could be confused by a digital clock and mistaking 5:50 for halfway between five and six. I suppose that might have made more sense back in the days when digital clocks were rare and exciting, but it does falls with a flat thud nowadays.

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