Remove / delete file with ? or special characters in filename

ls -il; find * \( -type d -prune \) -o -inum <NUM> -exec rm -i {} \;
Code to delete file with gremlins/special characters/unicode in file name. Use ls -i to find the INODE number corresponding to the file and then delete it using that find statement. detailed here: http://www.arsc.edu/arsc/support/howtos/nonprintingchars/
Sample Output
$ ls
?????D?P?test.txt
$ rm ./
^_?^H^H?D^\P^Ctest.txt  
$ ls -b
\037\213\b\b\240D\034P\003test.txt 
$ rm \037*
rm: cannot remove `037*': No such file or directory
$ ls -il
total 8
86870 -rw-r--r-- 1 mememe mememe   0 2012-08-03 14:38 ?????D?P?test.txt
$ find * \( -type d -prune \) -o -inum 86870 -exec rm -i {} \;
rm: remove regular empty file `\037\213\b\b\240D\034P\003test.txt'? y

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By: yingw
2012-08-04 00:22:33

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Works fine ! thanks for the tip
babad · 265 weeks and 4 days ago

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