Three Utah County entrepreneurs have gone "off the beaten path" and developed a new educational game "worth its weight in gold."
Clichades allows players to "have their cake and eat it, too." The object is to guess the cliche by listening to clues, such as, "if you haven't heard anything, things must be OK." The answer, or cliche, would be, "no news is good news."The venturing trio are Hal Wing, Springville; Bruce Barbre, Provo; and Merlin Ross, Orem.
Clichades has a collection of more that 1,500 cliches and phrases to guess from. "The world's finest collection of cliches and phrases made into a game," Ross said.
Ross spent more than two years collecting cliches and catch phrases for the game. Clichades is "the cream of the crop" of his two-year collection, Ross said.
Clichades is similar to Charades, except that verbal clues as well as gestures are legal in Clichades. The key words in the phrase cannot be said by the clue giver.
Guess the cliche by the following clue: "Moisture descending from the sky so heavily that it's compared to domestic animals."
The answer - "It's raining cats and dogs."
The game is recommended for ages 12 and up and for two or more players. According to the game's inventors, the playing rules are simple, you can add any rules that you feel are appropriate for your group.
SpectraMax, a Salt Lake company designed the box and card artwork, and the cliche cards are printed by Copies Plus in Spring-ville.
"This is a team effort," Ross said. "This is idea number 20 that I've tried to market. None of the other ideas have made it this far, because I was trying to do everything myself."
Clichades is being marketed by Ross & Barbre Enterprises Provo, and costs $28.95. The game will be sold in local game, department and grocery stores in September. A $4 discount coupon for the game may be obtained by sending a self-addressed stamped envelope to Clichades, P.O. Box 166, Provo, UT 84601.