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Beautiful fake

This is supposedly the most-viewed house in Sussex at the moment and it can be yours for £1M. It is part of the old Tudor Close Hotel and it was the inspiration for the board game Clue (Cluedo in its native Britain).

The hotel was a popular stop for Hollywood celebs in the Thirties. Management often hired actors and put on elaborate murder mysteries to entertain guests. Anthony Pratt hosted one, and then went on to develop Cluedo. Seems a bit of a cheat, really.

The setting is actually still called Tudor Mansion in the game. The house is a fake, kind of. It was built in the Twenties but with original materials – old ship’s beams, Tudor fireplaces. So an authentic fake, I guess.

There is a lot of that kind of architecture around and it really should have its own name. What do I know? It probably does.

Have I played Clue? I so. Is that the one with “Colonel Mustard, in the library, with a candlestick”?

You can get it on Steam now, if you’re so inclined.


Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 11, 2021, 9:48 pm

Yes, Clue is the one with Col. Mustard, Prof. Plum, et al.

As for what we should call such places as the Tudor Mansion, my first thought was “reconstruction with period materials” but that’s quite a mouthful at 12 syllables.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: August 11, 2021, 11:27 pm

As for what we should call such places as the Tudor Mansion, my first thought was “reconstruction with period materials” but that’s quite a mouthful at 12 syllables.

I believe that the technical term for this style is Verisimilitudor but let it pass, let it pass….

Comment from Anonymous
Time: August 12, 2021, 4:15 am

I remember in the Army, around fifty years ago or so, rather than say someone hadn’t a clue, they’d say the individual hadn’t a ball of twine.

Eventually, I looked up “clue” in the dictionary. Indeed, the online Marion Webber still provides this:

The word clue was originally a variant spelling of clew, meaning “ball of thread or yarn.” Our modern sense of clue, “guide to the solution of a mystery,” grows out of a motif in myth and folklore, the ball of thread that helps in finding one’s way out of a maze. Of these stories the best known is the myth of Theseus and the Minotaur.

Comment from durnedyankee
Time: August 12, 2021, 4:32 pm

Fess up Anonymous!
Neat info!

And Some Veg – Verisimilitudor – genius man, genius.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: August 12, 2021, 9:55 pm

The Clew is the aft corner of a triangular fore-and-aft sail, or the bottom two corners of a square sail.

The earliest OED quotation for this use is from 1627.

Comment from BJM
Time: August 13, 2021, 12:22 am

SomeVeg for the comment win!

Marcel (Milo’s chauffeur): Something isn’t right in all of this, eh. I can feel it in my buns.

Inspector Milo Perrier : Your what?

Marcel : My buns.

Inspector Milo Perrier : Buns? Your buns? You bought buns and you didn’t tell me? Where are they? Where are the buns?

Marcel : Oh! No, monsieur. The BONES in my body.

Inspector Milo Perrier : You should not speak with an accent when you know I am so hungry.

Murder By Death

Another film that couldn’t be made today.

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