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Puzzle for the Week of November 26

Gabriel Fauré 

Fauré, along with several of his French contemporaries, is invited to a private soirée by the Societé Nationale de Musique, of which he was a founding member. To maintain privacy, the organizers insist that the composers arrive at a back entrance, knock three times, and give a personal numerical pass-code to be allowed in. As Fauré arrives, he realizes with dismay that he left his invitation card at home, and his access code was written on it.

Fauré listens carefully as composers ahead of him knock thrice, then successfully give their code. Taffanel is admitted with the code 12112, and Franck is let in with the code 19118. Two more composers move forward and knock: Massenet enters with the code 12519 and Chausson 51920. By this stage, the quick-thinking Fauré has realized the logic and steps confidently up to the door.

What is Fauré’s pass-code?


By James Andrewes


Fauré’s passcode is 9512. Each composer’s code represents the last three letters of his first name, translated numerically into code, where A=1, B=2 etc.

9512, therefore, represents the letters I, E and L, which are the last three letters of Gabriel.

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