1949, Anthony Pratt, board game, Clue, Cluedo, delayed manufacture due to the war, eliminate locations, murder mystery, murderers, National Toy Hall of Fame, Parker Brothers, Toys, Waddington's Games, weapons, wife Elva
Pianist Anthony Pratt and his wife Elva have always enjoyed a good murder mystery that they saw played out at posh European hotels in which he worked. In 1943 they developed a board game based on the party games. Winning their game invokes eliminating possible locations, weapons and murderers by your powers of deduction. Pratt was granted a patent in 1947 but post-war shortages delayed manufacturing for several years. In 1949 London’s Waddington’s Games finally made Cluedo (at it was named then) available for purchase. The store’s American partner, Parker Brothers brought a slightly modified version of the game to the market later that same year. The enduring board game was inducted into the National Toy Hall of Fame in 2017.