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Clue & Cluedo

Clue text reference on Rizzoli & Isles TV series, season 1, ep. 5 - 1b

A very brief history

The story you are about to read is true. It is a tale of murder, mystery and marketing. The story begins in England, during World War II. But before I take you there, I want to share with you this little enigma: This was a puzzle published in 2005 in the free London newspaper called The Metro. The enigma, a sort of a “What game am I?” puzzle, reads:

Here’s a game that’s lots of fun
Involving rope, a pipe, a gun
A spanner, knife and candlestick
Accuse a friend and make it stick.

A “spanner, ” by the way, is the British word for a wrench.

The answer is “Cluedo, ” the game of my story – a game first published in 1949. This shows that even 56 years later, Cluedo has remained a part of popular British culture.

But not just British culture. I grew up playing Clue, the American title of the game. Like most others, I thought Clue was one of America’s classic board games – and didn’t find out until I was middle aged that the game was born in Britain.

Clue text reference on Rizzoli & Isles TV series, season 1, ep. 5So let’s go back to England, 1944. The country was subject to many hardships, including blackouts and rationing. A forty one-year-old factory worker in Birmingham by the name of Anthony Pratt was disheartened because the crimp on social activities in England meant he was unable to play his favorite parlor game, called “Murder.” “Murder” was a live-action party game where guests tried to uncover the person in the room who had been secretly assigned the role of murderer. Pratt decided he would try to invent a board game that could be played comfortably around a table.

He came up with a game – which he called: “Murder.”

Pratt filed for a patent for Cluedo in 1944 (U.K. patent #GB586817). He was awarded the patent in 1947 and sold the rights to the game to Waddington’s Games. In 1949, Parker Brothers acquired the U.S. rights from Waddington’s and renamed the game Clue.


Played the board game CLUE last night

by -

It just seemed to go by so fast and
with not much excitement.
We played with 2 players. You scatter the pieces around the board and split up the cards. Then when someone moves into a room you can guess the person, weapon and room the murder happened in against the cards you have and see if your competition has them.
There must be a more challenging way to play.
We also watched the movie. It was entertaining for 1985.

I take that back....

by Kumu

The link doesn't show the rares. It just shows the Odds and says it's a rare list.
Here's the clue on how to tell if you have the rare.
Out of the set, the one that is LAST alphabetically is the rare piece. Exception being Board Walk/Park Place where Board Walk is the rare.
So Baltic/Mediterranean...Baltic is common and Mediterranean is Rare.
I just grabbed the first google result. #2 highlights the rares.

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