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Puzzle of the Week, by James Andrewes

Puzzle of the Week, by James Andrewes

An isogram is a word that contains no repeated letters, eg. 'amulet', 'unleash', 'flamingo', 'nightmare' or 'trampoline'. The longer the isogram, the more impressive! In contrast, words like 'symphony' (with 2 y’s), or 'explore' (with 2 e’s), are not isograms.

Your challenge is to think of composers whose surnames are isograms. Holst, with 5 letters, and Delius, with 6 letters, are relatively short examples. Can you think of composers whose surnames are 7, 8, and 9 letters long, and contain no repeated letters? Can you go as high as 10 or 11 letters?

While you're thinking, have a listen to Exploring Music's program on Delius and Holst on the website:…/two-very-different-world…/
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Puzzle for the Week of December 17

Tudor Music

Thomas Tallis’ monumental motet Spem in Alium is the inspiration for this week’s quiz. Heard in the first program this week, it is a work for 40 voices, divided into 8 choirs, each with 5 voices. Below, you will see a grid of 40 letters, organized in 8 columns and 5 rows.

Moving from left to right, and selecting one letter from each column, can you spell out five 8-letter composers from the Tudor period? Every letter is used once!

By James Andrewes

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Puzzle for the Week of December 3

Incidentally Speaking

The titles of most of the musical works heard in this week’s programs contain multiple words, such as “Pelléas et Mélissande”, “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, “Peer Gynt”, and “Le Bourgeois Gentilhomme”. Represented as initialisms, these would abbreviate to PEM, AMND, PG, and LBG.

Can you work out what the following musical works are, based on their initialisms?

4. ADG
6. ESM

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