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Puzzle ID:#25445
Fun:*** (3.03)
Difficulty:** (1.99)
Submitted By:themarresaty*****




A name of a musical instrument is hidden in each of these phrases or sentences.

1. Which arm on Icarus held this instrument?
2. Man wearing kepi a novice player.
3. Orpheus carefully replaced ancient instrument.
4. Educator Gandhi played Bach.
5. No car in Asia has instrument aboard.
6. Instrument played in Olympic colorful parade.
7. Cancel long concert for stringed instrument.
8. Urban joke played on instrument.
9. Angelic playing with arpeggios.
10. Absolutely beautiful playing of stringed instrument.


1. harmonica
2. piano
3. lyre
4. organ
5. ocarina
6. piccolo
7. cello
8. banjo
9. harp
10. lute


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Aug 20, 2005

Expertly crafted and outstanding contribution to the site! I especially liked your selection of instruments .. no kazoo? Great job!!
Aug 20, 2005

i got some of them, but please let us know what the following instruments are like, I never heard of them: lyre, ocarina.
Aug 20, 2005

i loved it! i got all of them! this was a really fun teaser, thanks!
Aug 20, 2005

This teaser was not only fun to do but complex to the brain. Everybody need that once in a while.
Aug 22, 2005

Very good teaser and very creative as well. Difficult but fun and enjoyable - makes the brain wake up and think!
Aug 22, 2005

good job made me think a bunch
Aug 23, 2005

at first i was bummed that i didnt get 3, 5, and 10 but when i looked at the answer and i had no idea what the instruments were anyway. great teaser though!
Aug 23, 2005

i cant belive you didnt put in the best instrument ever, the clarinet!
Aug 27, 2005

Hoorah, that was fun. *suda something other...YAY! CLARINET!*
Aug 30, 2005

Except a couple of instruments I never heard of,got them all.Fun excerising for the brain.Thanks.
Sep 18, 2005

I sure had loads of fun with this really awsome teaser! Keep them coming as i enjoyed trying my hand at it a lot.
Jan 13, 2008

fun fun fun! I think this was my favorite teaser yet!
Jan 13, 2008

Got 'em all except lyre. I'd forgotten that was an instrument but I think I remember now it's the shape of a lyre bird's tail? Made me think. Good teaser, thanks.
Jan 13, 2008

nice quiz . keep up the good work
Jan 13, 2008

Without a doubt this is one of the tougher teasers. Great job, well thought out and put together. Really enjoyed this one.
Jan 13, 2008

that was great!! oi really enjoyed it!
Jan 13, 2008

I liked it but got it easily. But a rebus or riddle stumps me almost always. I'm good at words but little else, I guess
Jan 13, 2008

that was cool, I, unfortunately, never heard of an ocarina, although I picked that combo of letters out. thanks
Jan 13, 2008

A lyre, if I remember correctly, is small stringed instrument played by bards. I can't recall if it looks more like a hard or a guitar though. Just much smaller and easier to transport.

An ocarina, which I only know from Zelda of the same name. A small wind instrument, looks like a conch shell.
Jan 13, 2008

This was one of the tougher teasers I got 8 of them
I knew what a lyre was but missed it & one I have never heard of explained above. Thanks.

Jan 13, 2008

Hi Lordmikel -- What is a Conch Shell for the Ocarina?????
Jan 13, 2008

Great teaser!!! I had all but one right. I don't know what an orcarina is. Thanks for posting. It was so much fun.

Jan 13, 2008

great teaser, i couldnt get lyre, but really fun!!!
Jan 13, 2008

ya, i only knew what an ocarina was from zelda
Jan 13, 2008

Aww, c'mon, where's the trumpet?
Jan 13, 2008

Posted on on Aug 5, 2004. (By username: Minch.)

It really could be you that posted it; but I'm not sure. I'm sorry for accusing you if you are the actual author.

I'm sorry for the mini-rant but plagairism really irks me. (again, my apologies if you are the true author - but there's a big chance that you aren't)
Jan 13, 2008

I just checked - other of her teasers are from

The different things on funtrivia are from different usernames - so now I'm almost positive this is plagairized.

I know for a fact that people who have multiple accounts on funtrivia are banned - so you must not have posted all the different quizzes on funtrivia.

This really is unacceptable and is against Braingle rules.
Jan 13, 2008

10/10 ... my kind of Teaser!
I think a lyre is the type of stringed instrument that you see played by cherub angels.
And, can you believe that the ocarina is sometimes called a "sweet potato"?
Jan 13, 2008

I missed lute and had never heard of an ocarina...but good teaser!
Jan 14, 2008

Got 8 out of the 10 .Really enjoyed it.
Jan 25, 2008

9/10 isn't bad. I didn't even think of lute, but i like that you used ocarina in there. Good job!
Mar 24, 2008

Well 8 out of 10 at least. That was fun!
Jan 13, 2011

Not too easy, but not too hard. Enjoyed this one.
Jan 13, 2011

Good one!
Jan 13, 2011

That was fun! I liked the pun in #3 (Note: In Greek mythology, Orpheus was often associated with the lyre.)
Jan 13, 2014

Fun teaser. I found them all except # 3. I know all the instruments, I just could not find it. Lots of fun
Jan 13, 2014

Not a bad teaser, I would have written the sentences a LITTLE better, but this is fun and easy

However... If TRILLIONAIRE is correct about the plagiarism thing... not good.
Jan 13, 2014

10/10 #5 was tricky, I couldn't remember is it was ocarina or carina. I guessed right.
Jan 13, 2014

Not my type of teaser. I would rather look for a needle in a haystack.
Jan 13, 2014

Fun teaser - challenging! Thanks!
Jan 13, 2014

Got them all after a good bit of work-had fun!
Jan 13, 2014

Got them all after a good bit of work-had fun!
Jan 13, 2017

FINALLY I got them all. Fun, challenging teaser.
I've heard of an ocarina, but have no idea what it is. Thanks for posting!

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