I just have to list how many times the references to TIME in the first ten minutes of Back to the Future. How many are there?

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    Hi, welcome to SF&F! You should take the tour to find out more about the site and what kind of questions are considered appropriate. This seems like the kind of question you could answer yourself with a DVD and 10 minutes, so people will likely not want to do your basic research for you.
    – DavidW
    Mar 28, 2019 at 2:12
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    I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a homework/trivia question.
    – Möoz
    Mar 28, 2019 at 2:38
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    I'm voting to reopen because I think the question meets the criteria of "a specific problem with enough detail to identify an adequate answer", and because I think the answer could turn out to be particularly interesting if there are references that people miss on a casual viewing. Jose, what references did you see in the first 10 minutes? Are there any in particular that you are not sure about?
    – Gaultheria
    Mar 28, 2019 at 2:59
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    @Möoz - Trivia questions aren't off-topic here. You must be mistaking us for Movies:SE
    – Valorum
    Mar 28, 2019 at 10:40
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    @Möoz - Homework questions aren't off-topic here either; scifi.meta.stackexchange.com/questions/3319/…
    – Valorum
    Mar 28, 2019 at 11:45

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Starting from 00:00 to 10.00

1) Ticking sound heard over BttF logo
1.5) Approx 15 clocks in the Doc's room (of various types include mechanical, pendulum and electronic), a Heath-Robinsonesque can opener, a timer toaster oven and a timer coffee maker
2) Satirical picture of Harold Lloyd holding onto a clock hand
3) News broadcast informs us that it's 1985.
4) Call from the doc asking Marty to be at the mall for 1:15
4.5) Doc advises us that the chiming clocks are wrong and that it's 8.25 (Late for school)
5) Marty passes some parking meters.
6) Clock outside Mayor Goldie Wilson's campaign offices
7) Strickland is looking for Marty to give him a "tardy" slip.
8) Marty blames the doc for his clocks being late.
9) Strickland gives Marty his well-earned warning for being late.
10) Marty asserts that "history is gonna change".
11) Clock outside Goodwill store.
12) Marty is worried that record execs will tell him he's "...got no future"
13) 'Save the Clock Tower' demonstration in background
14) Ruined clock tower in the background.
15) More parking meters.

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