The patent for the legendary board game "Clue" was filed this week in 1944 By Anthony Pratt in London.

Originally, the game was concocted to give adults and children something to occupy the hours spent underground in the London subways during the German air attacks of the war.

It was originally called "Cluedo" and is still known as that in the U.K. (ludo is Latin for "I play").  It is known as "Clue" in the U.S.  The actual playing board was one of the most attractive and sophisticated in the "game world."

A murder took place....but who did it?  And how?  And where?  The usuals cast of suspects included Col. Algernon Mustard, Miss Scarlet, Mrs. White, Rev. Green, Mrs. Peacock and Professor Plum.  The rooms included the kitchen, the ballroom, the conservatory, the billiard room and others.  Among the usual weapons were the lead pipe, candlestick, rope and wrench (and others).

Movies, television shows, computer games and books have been dedicated to this successful (millions of units sold) and popular board game.


(Col. Mustard, below)