Friday, April 03, 2009

Mixed Review And A Bad Pun

I bought Clue for my kids and sat down to play it with them last night. Now I'm trying to figure out if the game itself is any fun, or if it is just the thought of the game that's fun. I found it's sort of tedious, trying to move from one room to another (a fact made no easier when you have a child weeping because he/she didn't get to use the secret passage). We kept losing the hard-to-see weapons on the board, and I'm afraid Rachel was starting to get more weird ideas in her head.

On the other hand, the game makes me want to sashay around the living room in a slinky dress while holding a cigarette in one of those long cigarette holders. I have sudden urges to lean against the mantelpiece and gesticulate with a handsome smoking pipe as I expound on my theories of whodunit. And I love shouting, "It's Colonel Mustard....with the lead pipe....in the billiard room!" I mean, I could do that all night.

I have no idea what the children thought. But they looked a little frightened.

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Oh, and the mystery of the sloppy eater has been solved. It turns out that Anna dropped a plate of baked goods on the floor of my formerly pristine minivan on her way to the swing dance the other night. As Larry said, "That's the way the cookie crumbles."

Ba-da-bum.

He had to vacuum out the minivan for that one.


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21 comments:

  1. You know the kids always make a mess in the van just after it's been cleaned. And what frustrates me is that our dogs keep all crumbs neatly cleaned off our house floor, but when we take them with in the van (for the express purpose of eating the crumbs) they simply won't. Ingrates.

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  2. I love randomly shouting out things like that!
    But I don't love playing Clue...just the idea of it is good enough. (The Mom version though...THAT is a winner!!)

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  3. I'd forgotten how hard it is to see those wee weapons on the board. Too true! Very funny :)

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  4. If I remember correctly there is a junior version of clue...iwth no murder...what fun is that?
    I wonder if the gameboard is easier to follow, though. Snorkie is at the stage that if he cannot win, he doesn't want to play :(
    Glad you made Larry vac the Van..he deserved it!
    Pax.

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  5. Clue would definitely be more fun in the incarnation you thought of.

    Did you ever really believe you'd be able to have a clean car with 6 kids?!

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  6. I tend to shout out random accusations around the house, "BB you are in so much trouble! I can't believe you did that."

    The first time I did this, my son turned a lovely shade of crimson, which faded to a slightly sickly gray/green...so I knew further investigation was necessary. Usually though, I just tease them and say, "You've done something to get in trouble that I haven't seen, so I think I'll just punish you for the unknown. You've been too good lately."

    My little kids find this funny, the older ones...not so much.

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  7. I really think you are on to something with that Mom version. I expect to see in a store near me soon.

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  8. In your face Larry!! ha ha It would have been funny to ask Anna to do it though. Can you imagine the look on her face at the mention of manual labor??????

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  9. Ah that Larry, always the funny one.

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  10. The amount of crumbs that make it into my Subaru with only TWO children is obnoxious. I can't imagine that times more. And I don't let them eat in the car even.

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  11. We had a no-food policy in my car for about 2 months. It went by the wayside though, bowing to the reality of soccer practice and orthodontic appointments and sometimes dinner is fast food eaten in the car on the way. But since we bought a car with leather seats (certified pre-owned! Same money, WAY more amenities than we would have sprung for new!), they are marginally more careful with their crumbs. Who knew?

    And I miss my parents version of Clue - it had been my dad's as a child, and had much more sophisticated pictures and - get this - the lead pipe? Really lead! You could bend it! Just don't suck on it.

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  12. Now I think I'm going to have to pull out Clue again.

    Or maybe Twister. That would be a fun, family game for you all.

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  13. I have a game of Clue still shrink wrapped and brand new sitting in my closet..it's been in the closet for 7 years.
    You have inspired me to pull it out.

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  14. Sorry, I was an avid Clue-player when I was a kid. And Mousetrap too. But then I liked speghetios, too, A LOT, and you know what they say about never being able to go home? Well, that rings true with boardgames and canned meals. So sad to grow up.

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  15. Have you seen the movie "Clue"---it is one of my kids favorites1

    Check it out at your local library----go---do it now!!

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  16. I'm always scaring my kids like that too.

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  17. actually, clue jr does have to do with messes and baked goods (cake in this case)... it might be a good game to try to get them warmed up to the classic version.

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  18. Get the movie Clue, the kids will love it and it's way less boring than the game. :-)

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  19. my daughter hates this game mostly because I can't resist always solving the mystery first...new reader and have been reading tonight 'cause I'm lame like that :)

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  20. My two oldest kids love Clue. They don't quite get the "secretly gathering evidence" part yet, but they enjoy it just the same. (Board games are just in their blood, I guess.

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  21. It was Bryan. In the piano. With the college admissions officer.

    My folks gave us my mom's piano when we bought our first house, and when we went to have the thing tuned, the reason a key was sticking was... my little brother's long-lost college acceptance letter. Oh, oops.

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