Maren Robinson in the MAPH Office with the Corkscrew

Sound familiar? Yes, friends. It’s the format of your standard Clue game guess: __(person)___ in the __(room)___ with the __(weapon)___. I myself cracked this particular case just this afternoon. The only evidence? These two photos.

No thanks, needed. Just another day here. Crackin’ down on crime.

Until the next case rears its head, we thought we’d share a Clue blog post for those who have never played Clue or for those simply looking for some Prom attire inspiration.

There have been many, many versions of Clue since it was first introduced to the game board market in Leeds, England in 1949. The murder mystery game genre was devised in 1944, by Anthony E. Pratt, with his original mystery-themed game “Murder!”. The game was originally invented for soldiers, as something to play during sometimes lengthy air raid drills in underground bunkers. Shortly thereafter, Pratt and his wife presented the game to a Waddington Company executive, Norman Watson, who immediately purchased the game and provided its trademark name of “Cluedo” (a play on “clue” and “Ludo”, which is Latin for “I play”). Some MAPHCentral staff members still believe it’s called “Cluedo” in England.

But, here in the United States, it’s become plain old “Clue” and has sparked a large (almost Rocky Horror-esque) following. Large enough, in fact, that it inspired a Hollywood film in 1985 starring Tim Curry, Madeline Kahn, and Christopher Lloyd. The film is set in a Gothic Revival mansion and is really the place to get your inspiration for this week’s prom dress. If you haven’t seen the movie, it’s well worth a few hours of final paper procrastination. It’s a lot of really bad puns, outrageous costumes, and people screaming. Kind of what we’re hoping Friday will turn out to be.

Really, though,we don’t want you to feel as though you need to spend the next two days scouring Chicago for the perfect purple pinstripe suit (Professor Plum?). Think of it more as murder-mystery, deteriorating Gothic mansion dress and just wear whatever the heck strikes your fancy. Really what this night should be is a chance to dress up and party all together one more time before your families start coming in to town and you all go your separate ways for the summer.

Don’t forget: Friday, May 25th at 7:00PM at the Lillie House (58th and Kenwood). See you there!

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