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Pieces: 28 title deed cards, 16 chance cards, 16 community chest cards, one pack of Monopoly money, 32 houses, 12 hotels, two dice.
The playing figures moved around the board are: Scottish Terrier dog, battleship, motor car, top hat, thimble, boot, wheelbarrow and cat (which replaced the iron in 2013).
On screen: In 1990, Merv Griffin Enterprises turned Monopoly into a prime time game show with a cheery theme tune that went: 'M-O-N-O-P-O-L-Y, M-O-N-O-P-O-L-Y, MONOPOLY, MONOPOLY, MONOPOLY, MONOPOLY, M-O-N-O-P-O-L-Y. But if you fail, you go to jail." A Monopoly film is due out in 2016, produced by Randall Emmett.
Origins: In 1944, Anthony E Pratt, a factory munitions worker and musician from Birmingham, applied for a patent of his invention of a mystery-themed game, called Murder!
Benefits: The game teaches deductive logic and strategy. There were complaints, though, when the Ministry of Justice admitted that sets of Cluedo were among a list of items requested by HM Prisons.
Quote: Father Hernandez: "I think it was Reverend Green, with the knife, in the drawing room." Father Ted: "Those Protestants.
On screen: Scrabble was an NBC television game show that started in 1984 and ran for 1,335 episodes in total.
It is probably about 5,000 years old and may well have originated in what today is Iraq (previously Mesopotamia).
Pieces: The game consists of a board which shows the rooms, corridors and secret passages of an English country house called Tudor Mansion.
The characters are Miss Scarlett, Professor Plum, Mrs Peacock, Reverend Green, Colonel Mustard and Mrs White, who can kill Doctor Black (Mr Boddy in America) with a variety of weapons: a candlestick, a dagger, lead pipe, revolver, rope or spanner.
Quote: "You sit at the board and suddenly your heart leaps.
Your hand trembles to pick up the piece and move it. And she is the go-get-sh-t-done piece." Origins: Scrabble was invented in the Forties by Alfred Mosher Butts, an out-of-work architect from Poughkeepsie, New York. By 2015 more than 120 million boards have been sold worldwide.But what chess teaches you is that you must sit there calmly and think about whether it's really a good idea and whether there are other, better ideas." (film director Stanley Kubrick) On screen: In David Simon's The Wire, criminal D’Angelo Barksdale tries to teach Wallace and Bodie how to play the game and the lessons it holds for drug dealing. Pieces: Most languages use sets of 102 tiles, since the original distribution of 100 tiles was later augmented with two blank tiles.