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Who is Hue Grey? Middleman, double agent, dangerous liaison? Matchmaker, mediator, go-between? Or just an average guy doing what he can to make sure everyone gets along?


Hugh Grey. Sounds like the name of a 10th grade Biology teacher. Or an 18th century philosopher. Or maybe it's the full name of that Earl who makes tea. Or his brother?

And what about Hue Grey. Now who's that guy? Well, for a character who is the definition of 'average,' he's extremely well-connected. He has something in common with everyone around him. Even in small groups, he always finds a way to fit in, and he's famous as a matchmaker, the liaison between even the most polar of opposites.

And who is True Grey? No relation to either Hugh or Hue, but True and Hue are so alike (at least in theory) that they are often mistaken for another. Hue (as his name implies) is a surprising colourful guy (even at half), whereas True (as his name implies) is truly Hueless, a purebred mix of Lady Purity White and Sir Black of Plenty.

You'll find both Hue Grey and True Grey in the Colour Basics deck. And when you do, you'll have these two. Can you tell who's Hue?

Next to Mr. 5+5, it's pretty clear which Grey is Hue. It's the one that looks more... Hue-y. Hue-ish? Red-ish? Blue-ish? As it happens, both Greys are exactly half White and half Black. But the 'Black' in the one on the left is our 'triple scoop' Black, which is equal parts of three not-so-equal parts: mellow Yellow, subtle Cyan, and more-than-both Magenta. Come to think of it, if all three scoops of Grandpa's 'triple scoop' ice cream cone accidentally plopped onto the hot pavement (don't you hate when that happens?), all that would be left is a big puddle of The Grey On The Left.

True Grey makes a great fulcrum on the True Grey greyscale. Here it is, five steps from White and five steps from Black. 

Hue Grey, even though its primary Hues are well hidden, cancelling each other out more than any other Tone, all three element primary colours are there, so ALL the colours are there. It's like the chameleon of colour, works and plays well with others, mutual friend, missing link, double agent, yenta. Maybe between White and Black, it doesn't look as True as it could, but once you see it centred between the other equally opposite Corners, you'll start to see the true Hue connections. 

And how do we find the other opposites? Easy as Black and White. To find the opposite of what a colour is, look for what it isn't.

Cyan isn't M + Y. Magenta isn't C + Y. Yellow isn't C + M. and White isn't C + M + Y. 

Here's half C + M + Y, connecting all four of these complementary Corner Colour pairs:

Same Grey, four ways. See how it shifts to fit in with its buddies? Still a straight line, but connecting colours that are all 'three scoops' away from one another, these are triagonal connections, and the final four of our 28 'three-in-a-row' Corner to Corner trios.


So if Cyan is opposite Red, and White is opposite Black, is the Tint of Cyan opposite the Shade of Red? Why, yes it is. Is the Shade of Cyan opposite the Tint of Red? Ahhh... Yup. Is Yellow-Green opposite Magenta-Blue? Yes.
Hue Grey isn't just the Connector for the opposite Corner Colours. It connects the Connector Colours too. Including the ones here, can you find all 13 perfectly opposite Grey-in-the-middle three-in-a-row connections?


In addition to the 26 Corners and Connectors paired up around Grey, there are 26 other Colour Cards in the full Colour Basics deck. Just like the first 26, every one of them has an attractive opposite, and they all depend on Hue Grey to meet their match. Just in time for Valentine's Day, can you find the other 13 lucky pairs?
"Red to the left of me, Cyan to the right,
Here I am, stuck in the middle with Hue..."