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p i f f l e

Piffle is dedicated to the memory of that old Trivial Pursuit,
crossword buff and Mastermind game setter, Oliver.

When I was learning to build websites, the received wisdom was that a good site should always include a few games - so I created some for the new Bates Archive. More were sent in by serious film buffs and a crossword setter or two. By the time I was ready to show Alan his new site, there were about 20 games in Piffle, ranging from guess-the-films (see "Framed," for example) to crosswords, anagrams and complicated matching games requiring a broad knowledge of film and theatre. I wasn't sure what Alan would think of such trivia.
After a couple of hours online, Alan was rubbing his eyes, which were not accustomed to looking at a PowerBook screen. But when I showed him the Piffle feature he quickly revived, and plunged right in. He and his secretary, Rosemary, could not be stumped: they knew every face, every film, every obscure connection, and had great fun. Piffle was a hit!

A month after Alan's death, I began to re-work Piffle as part of the large and necessary Bates Archive revision. I wasn't sure that games were even appropriate for what is now a memorial site. But soon I was reading some of the quotes in my favorite games, the One-Liners; they made me smile as I recalled the exact moment when I realized that Harold Pinter is a genius, or remembered the way certain lines were delivered. Alan often said how lucky he was to "say the words" (his own curious phrase) of such brilliant writers.
I hope that you too will find happy memories here. If you're inspired to create a game, please
send it in!
The titles below will change color as you visit them. Each has a link back to this master list, either below the game, or in the menu at the left side of the screen.

 All Smiles
A Game of Authors

Animal Crackers
Brollies
Cheers!
Cinema Links
Close Shave?
Critics' Choice

Curtain Call
Degrees

Director's Chair
Fall

Fancy Dress
Fathers & Kids
Framed
Gosford Gang

Graham Eatings?
Homage
I Spy

Jim-jams
Jumpers
Les Chapeaux
Mates

Music Hall
Neckwear
Oliver Quotes
On Location

On the Waterfront
One-liners I
One-liners II
One-liners III
One-liners IV

Seven-Up
Supporting Players
Tea for Two
Trivialities

Word Find Pro
Workout
Writer's Block
X-tra Piffle