facts about the invention
Clue Board Game by Anthony E. Pratt in 1944.
||Clue in 1944
||noun / Trademark
||The classic whodunit board
game! Poor Mr. Buddy's been murdered in his own stately home! Who
could have done it? And how? And where? With six suspects, six
possible murder weapons and nine rooms in the mansion, there are
hundreds of possibilities, and plenty of clues to investigate!
||Anthony Ernest Pratt
invent. First to patent. Modern prototype.
||1994 near Birmingham
1944 Anthony E. Pratt invents Cluedo and files for patent.
1947 Patent awarded to Mr. Pratt. Sell rights to Waddington's Games.
1949 Waddington's Games markets Cluedo game.
1949 Parker Brothers buys U.S. rights to game and renames it Clue.
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Mr. Anthony E. Pratt, invented the
classic "who dunnit" game, CLUEŽ. Mr. Pratt, who described himself as "an
introvert full of ruminations, speculations and imaginative notions", came up with
the idea for the murder game in 1944. To their neighbors, Anthony E. Pratt and his wife
appeared to be an unassuming couple similar to hundreds of other elderly people who had
chosen to retire to the south coast near Bournemouth, England. What few realized was that
Mr. and Mrs. Pratt were specialists in savage murder and dark deeds.
After many years of
perfecting the mechanics of the game and filing a provisional specification
(12/1/1944) at the Patent
Office, Mr. and Mrs. Pratt visited Waddington's Games in Leeds, England to discuss the
possibilities for its manufacture. They were accompanied to the meeting by their friends,
Mr. and Mrs. Bull, who had already invented a successful game called Buccaneer.
Waddington's personnel played the first game with the Pratt's and the Bull's
in the office of the Managing Director, Norman Watson. Mr. Watson immediately recognized
CLUEŽ as a winner. Due to post-war shortages of various materials, there were some delays
before the game was finally launched in 1949.
Parker Brothers obtained the U.S. rights to
the CLUEŽ game from Waddington's in 1949 and has successfully marketed the game ever
since. The CLUEŽ game has become one of America's favorite classic board games.
CLUEŽ is today sold in over 40 countries from Brazil to
Sweden, New Zealand to Abu Dhabi. In England, the game is called "CLUEDO",
in Brazil, "Detective". The same successful formula works when translated
into any language.
History of Toys and Games
from The Great Idea Finder
ON THE BOOKSHELF:
by G. Wayne Miller / Hardcover: 348 pages / Diane Pub Co (May 1, 2001)
Although it may seem to outsiders like a playful pursuit, manufacturing and
marketing toys is not all fun and games. Toy Wars: The Epic Struggle Between G.I. Joe,
Barbie, and the Companies That Make Them, by journalist and novelist G. Wayne Miller,
reveals the realities of the business and the people behind it.
ON THE WEB:
Brothers ClueŽ Game History
See how Hasbro has adapted their games to entertain over eight generations of kids.
Official application contains game description, board drawings, and claims.
From the European Patent Office records.
Clue Fan Site
This site is a collection of eveything in the world to do with the classic detective board
Cluedo or Clue.
How to Play Live Clue
This site was developed as part of a presentation for the Ohio Library Council Northeast
Final Clue mystery solved; it wasn't Miss Scarlet or Colonel Mustard
Instead, the man who made mayhem into a children's game died peacefully of
natural causes in a nursing home. Article by Robert McG. Thomas Jr.
But when this classic game was created in England, it was called "Cluedo",
taking off what the Britons called LUDO (pronounced "lew-doh"), which simply
means "I play" in Latin. So when Waddingtons Games Ltd., agreed to produce
Anthony Pratt's new board game, they made a play on words: "LUDO" became
"CLUEDO". And in more than 40 countries around the world, it's known either
as CLUEDO or by the American CLUE name.
- One mystery remains unsolved! While millions have discovered
who committed the murder, where and with what weapon, nobody knows why the unfortunate Mr.
Boddy was killed.
- In more than 40 countries around the
world, it's known either as CLUEDO or by the American CLUE name.
|ClueŽ is a registered trademark of Hasbro, Inc. All rights
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