Among the games invoked often by setters in cryptic crosswords, the board game of Cluedo is not too far behind cricket and bridge. There have been a number of clues and whole puzzles themed around Cluedo in the last few months.
For those who aren't familiar with Cluedo, a quick guide to help you answer clues based on the game.
Suspects, Weapons, Rooms
Cluedo is a murder mystery-solving game. The winner is the player who correctly deduces who killed the victim, in which room, with what weapon.
There are 6 suspects, 6 weapons and 9 rooms in the game. Each suspect is represented using a coloured playing piece. Cryptic clues use the names of suspects and victim most frequently, and you can see why when you look at their wordplay-friendly names:
|Miss Scarlett |
|Mr. Black||Candlestick |
Sunday Times 4387: Colonel sometimes suspected condiment (7) MUSTARD
Double definition; the first definition "Colonel sometimes suspected" is Colonel Mustard of Cluedo.
Times Jumbo 906: Loudly accuse Mrs Peacock? (3,4,6) CRY BLUE MURDER
Cryptic definition; Mrs. Peacock, the blue-coloured murder suspect from Cluedo.
PLUM (Professor on the Cluedo board) B (bishop)
Times 24245: Dealt with murder suspect, and went swiftly to bed? (9) P________
Telegraph Toughie (Elgar): Push forward suspicions of Plum and Library, having got weapon (6) P_____
Guardian 24662 (Puck): What you have here is no party game (4) C___
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