30 Second Mysteries, a cross between Trivial Pursuit and Clue
, is one of those infectious games that bring out the best (and the worst!) in people. The rules are simple: Two teams go head-to-head to solve a case drawn from history, science, entertainment, contemporary events, or a fictional mystery. The case is presented on a card printed on both sides that poses the problem and contains two questions at the top. Below is a separate set of clues for each team. In each round, players on one team reveal a new clue, answer questions from their set of clues, and ask questions about the other team's set. The team that dares to solve the mystery first wins a point if they're right, or gives a point to the other team if they're wrong. 30 Second Mysteries tests common sense and common prejudices, but the real test will be the players' ability to keep a straight face when describing Mount Rushmore as a place where "famous people are always seen together, even though some have never even met." The box includes 144 mystery cards, a timer for each round, a card stand, magic notepads and pens, and two translucent mystery windows for reading the hidden answers. 30 Second Mysteries is for two or more players. --Patrick O'Kelley
Race to Unravel the World's Greatest Brain Teasers! A steady stream of people enter Butch's place of business and remove its treasured belongings without paying. Butch lets them continue as long as they keep their mouths shut. What type of business employs Butch and what are the people taking? Gradually reveal clues that help solve half of a mystery -then race to solve it. Includes fiendish brain teasers about history, crime, sports, famous people, entertainment, science, and everyday life.