By: KENNETH HAND
December 30, 2010
Suspects: Ms. Scarlet, Col. Mustard, Mrs. White, Mr. Green, Mrs. Peacock, Prof. Plum
Weapons: Candlestick, Revolver, Knife, Lead Pipe, Wrench, Rope
Rooms: Hall, Lounge, Dining Room, Kitchen, Ball Room, Conservatory, Billiard Room,
The New Year was just a day away at Boddy Manor, and the guests had been going stir crazy in the mansion for over a week. Since they had arrived on Christmas Eve, the guests had been bickering over just about everything. Mrs. Peacock had caught Mrs. White sticking out her tongue at Peacock behind her back; Mr. Green had accidentally broken one of Professor Plum's testtubes, for which Plum clocked him with the Wrench; and Ms. Scarlet was angry at Colonel Mustard for eating her box of chocolates. Mr. Boddy was trying to mediate all the disputes, but by the time New Year's Eve had arrived, he had all but given up. Therefore, he decided to have a game of capture the flag in an attempt to distract the guests from their arguments.
"The rules are simple," said Mr. Boddy, once the guests had settled into the Lounge and had stopped fighting. "Each team will have the chance to hide a flag somewhere on the main floor of the mansion. Colonel Mustard, Mrs. Peacock and Mr. Green will make up the Green Team, and Ms. Scarlet, Mrs. White and Professor Plum will constitute the Mauve Team." He held up green and mauve flags and jerseys for the guests. "By midnight, if one of the teams has found another's flag first, each member of that team will receive one million dollars."
The guests all gasped.
Mr. Boddy continued. "But the catch is this. If a member of one team touches a member of the other team first, the team member who was touched must sit out of the game in the Library. I will moderate the game to ensure that no hanky-panky takes place," he was quick to add.
Disappointed, the guests all discounted the possibility of using weapons on the other guests, and looked wearily at their teammates. They were going to have to work together in order to win the prize, and the six guests were hardly team players.
"What happens if all three members of a team end up in the Library?" asked Mrs. Peacock.
"Then they must stay there until the end of the game: until the other team finds their flag, or until midnight," replied Mr. Boddy. "Now, get into your teams, put on your jerseys and decide where you want to hide your flags. Remember that part of the flags must be visible in whichever room they are in. We will meet back here in twenty minutes."
The guests left the room in their respective teams, whispering all the while.
TWENTY MINUTES LATER...
The guests returned to the Lounge, sporting their team jerseys. Each team had fairly hidden a flag in a main floor room of the house.
"Remember, an opposing team's flag must be found by midnight," Mr. Boddy said. "Let the games begin." And with that, he blew a whistle, and the guests all split up to look in different rooms.
Members of the Mauve Team and Green Team both beelined to both the Dining Room and Study to look for flags. A female member of the Mauve Team rushed into the Ball Room, and a male member of the Green Team entered the Billiard Room. Neither found a flag, and so they switched rooms. Mr. Green, who didn't realize that one of his team members had already searched the Dining Room, searched the room again, unsuccessfully. Professor Plum and another member of his team decided to search for the green flag together, but Mrs. Peacock snuck up behind Plum and touched him, sending him to the Library, which housed neither flag. Mr. Boddy happened to be standing nearby, however, so while Plum's team member wanted to bash Peacock with the Candlestick, she left and fled into the Lounge, which also housed neither flag. She then searched the Hall, Study and Library, with no results.
Two male members of the Green Team, meanwhile, had teamed up to look for flags and managed to touch Ms. Scarlet as she was leaving the Library. In retaliation, one of Scarlet's teammates touched one of the two teamed up men, and then disappeared into the Billiard Room.
"Drat!" exclaimed Mr. Green, on his way to the Library.
The other of the two men entered either the Hall, Ball Room or Conservatory, and let out a cry of joy just as the grandfather clock in the hall began to toll twelve.
"I found it! I found their flag!"
WHO FOUND WHICH FLAG IN WHICH ROOM? WHAT ROOM WAS THE OTHER FLAG IN?
COLONEL MUSTARD found the MAUVE FLAG in the CONSERVATORY. The GREEN FLAG was hidden in the KITCHEN.