Clever Endeavor: The Game of Clever Clues

CleverEndeavor Rules.pdf

My co-worker, Mary, gave this game to our family and we’ve enjoyed playing it a few times.

 The object of the game is to be the first one to move your game piece around the board and into the Winner’s Circle by answering Clever Clues as you go along. Each clue card consists of six statements which, as a whole, describe a person, place, thing, event, or Mystery Subject.  The clues are punny, cheesy, clever, silly – family enjoyed it.

An example:


1. I’m nationally known.
2. I’m holier than thou.
3.  I’m a compressed, cultured curd.
4. My family name is frequently photographed.
5. No, I can’t yodel.
6. You’ll often find me next to the ham.

Answer: Swiss Cheese


Lie Detector: A Scientific Crime Game



OK, so we like to play Lie Detector with the younger kids.  Game is as follows:

Here are 24 Suspects…one is guilty of a crime! You are a Detective…you must discover the Criminal by checking the Testimony of Suspects on the Lie Detector. Putting together all your clues, you decide which Suspect is the Criminal… and then arrest him (or her)! If you’ve arrested the right Criminal… you are promoted. Then a new round is played, with a new Criminal. The first player or “Detective” to become “Chief” is the winner.

Problem is, it is sometimes difficult to tell by looking at the suspect’s pictures whether a particular subject has “Big Ears” (how big is Big?), “Big Eyes”, “Big Jaw”, “Black Hair” (or is it dark brown?), is a “Flashy Dresser” (or just well dressed?), or a number of other attributes claimed by the witnesses’ testimonies. Someone makes a mistake and turns over a suspect card in error, and the whole round is shot – no one can figure out who the real criminal is.

Finally, Daniel and I made a suspect reference sheet, listing the 24 suspects and enumerating the values for the 25 possible attributes.  Now, every round can have a winner who can solve the crime – case closed!



Huggermugger: The Mystery Word Board Game. 

HuggerMugger Rules

Played it tonight with the kids. Kids enjoyed it, but not so challenging for the adults.  We modified the rules slightly to allow a maximum of 3 turns.  Susannah and I were on the same team and kept answering the questions correctly, giving us another spin, that the rest of the family got bored and started tuning out. So we yielded our turn and made it more fun for the rest of them.

For that act of charity, we failed to win the game, but had fun which, after all, is the point.