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April Fools Day

02
Apr
2008
 

By Christine Lovatt

If you were fooled by Tuesday’s new Million Point Memory game, don’t feel bad – I was too. Our mischievous IT team rushed in to tell me they had come up with a new game - and I must try it out immediately!

After thinking my brain must have turned into a sponge, because I couldn’t find a single matching pair, up came the sign “April Fool!” Of course – why didn’t I remember the date? They well and truly got me!

April Fool’s Day has tricked a lot of people over its long history. It seems to have started in the 16th century, when the Gregorian calendar was introduced. Suddenly, New Year’s Day was moved from 1st April to 1st January, but those who were slow to change were labelled ‘April fools’.

In England it was once called All Fools Day, and many countries have their own version. In Rome, it’s a holiday known as Festival of Hilaria, celebrated on March 25 and referred to as Roman Laughing Day. In India, the Huli Festival is celebrated on March 31 when people play jokes on one another while celebrating the arrival of Spring. In France, Poisson d’Avril means April Fish. I’d love to hear what happened to you today!

 

Happy puzzling!

4 Responses to

April Fools Day

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nanmim said:
April 02, 2008 at 11:51 AM

 

It was so encouraging to read that you, Christine, the "Puzzle Princess Extraordinaire" were tricked just like me and others!! I have been enjoying Lovatts puzzles for some years -especially your Cryptics. Now it is great to be enjoying your "extraordinary" website each day (but still using the cryptic books too). Well done and thank you to your whole team.

 

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kiwisinga said:
April 04, 2008 at 6:06 PM

 

It was a clever trick. I had been waiting in excitement for the promised new game for Tuesday. I am not good at memory games, but was still a little perplexed when nothing seemed to match, even after a methodical attempt at matching the same card with all the others in turn. Well and truly fooled!

 

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said:
April 05, 2008 at 3:29 AM

 

Well Done I got fooled....twice !!

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MumOf5 said:
April 05, 2008 at 11:51 PM

 

Yes, I admit I saw "new puzzle" and had to have a go! Didn't even give it a thought that it might be an April Fool! I don't play pranks on people, but enjoy reading the paper and listening to the news and trying to pick which might be the April Fool article. I remember once someone advertising paint in the local football colours. All 3 colours applied in one application! My favourite this year was the full page ad in the Melbourne papers for extremely cheap air fares, the catch being you had to stand all the way. Not very comfortable on a Sydney Perth flight I wouldn't imagine! Thanks for a great website