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Beethoven's Teaser

Language brain teasers are those that involve the English language. You need to think about and manipulate words and letters.

 

Puzzle ID:#24040
Fun:**** (3.11)
Difficulty:** (1.8)
Category:Language
Submitted By:tissueAus****!

 

 

 



Beethoven was a lover of teasers of all kinds, and often submitted the following to his friends.

What word can be created when following these directions?

1) Start at D.
2) Go up Eight.
3) Go down Eleven.
4) Go up Five.

What word is it?



Answer

Deaf.

Beethoven was a composer, obviously, and utilized the Musical Key in this teaser. When he says "Go up Eleven", he is referring to the letters "ABCDEFG." Going up Eight notes from 'D' brings us to 'E' (because, of course, the musical scale simply repeats itself in the next octave). Going down Eleven notes brings us to 'A', and going up Five notes brings us to 'F'. Hence, DEAF (which, incidentally, Beethoven was).

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