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Seven Letters Tamed

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Submitted By:snoopdogg


From wood it's made,
From string it's made,
It floats upon the wind.
It's made by one,
It's made by many,
From hands and mouths it spins.
A score without a game.
A staff not for the lame.
With seven letters tamed.
With five letters named

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Posted by froggygg on Apr 04, 2005

Okay, here I go sounding really lame but, the clue with seven letters tamed....what is that? This was a good teaser and everything made sense (after I read the answer of course!) except the above clue...

Posted by zanowraith on Apr 04, 2005

That was confusing

Posted by brainybaby on Apr 04, 2005

what is the 7 letter word. It is kind of confusing.

Posted by Rafkin on Apr 04, 2005

I'm not sure, but i think the seven letters reffer to the seven notes of a musical scale. A, B, C, D, E, F, and G

Posted by Therulerofthem on Apr 04, 2005

Or, it could be the seven letter word "conduct"

Posted by Master_Yoda on Apr 04, 2005

Great teaser. I loved it.

Posted by snoopdogg on Apr 05, 2005

"the seven letters reffer to the seven notes of a musical scale. A, B, C, D, E, F, and G"


Posted by chidam11 on Apr 07, 2005

Even i did not understand the seven letter 1 but got it after readin the comments

Posted by psychedelictoad on Apr 09, 2005

Five letters tamed?

Posted by jordana on Apr 11, 2005

It was a way.

Posted by icequeen05 on Apr 14, 2005

i'm not that good at poems ...good job, tho

Posted by on Apr 18, 2005

Awesome riddle-I'm adding it to my favorites! Keep it up.

Posted by fishdish123 on Apr 22, 2005

Hey! You had wood and string, but what about brass?! I'm hurt. Good riddle, I didn't get it.

Posted by sillygirl on Jun 01, 2005

got me on that one

Posted by whazzitt on Jun 01, 2005

did anyone think of "maestro" The leader of the band/orchestra

Posted by Curtis on Jun 01, 2005

I got this one right away. (I'm a musician). The seven letters refer, of course, to the seven notes of the musical scale, A - G. Natch.

Posted by gummbypal on Jun 01, 2005

I hate to split hairs but what about sharps and flats? On the piano there are 7 white keys in C major but all other keys need those black ones adding 5 more.

Posted by bookbox on Jun 01, 2005

That was really cool!

Posted by dbs241 on Jun 01, 2005

Loved it!

Posted by pinkgirl on Jun 01, 2005

Cool! This is my favorite so far

Posted by timilee on Jun 01, 2005

Good 1

Posted by frenchi12 on Jun 01, 2005

wow this one was really hard but made total sense after i read the answer.
seven letters tamed was the 7 notes that are played in the scale.

Posted by on Jun 01, 2005

Just sent this one into my daughters music teacher for an end of year treat!! Great one!!

Posted by darthforman on Jun 01, 2005

Nice one!


But good!

Posted by Chelsie on Jun 01, 2005

That was GREAT!

...and beautifully COMPOSED!

Posted by robinmckenzie on Jun 01, 2005

gummbypal: C#, Gb, etc. aren't letters, they're musical notes. The poem refers to "seven letters".

Posted by BrownEyes on Jun 01, 2005

That was hard

Posted by blueteez on Jun 01, 2005

rather on the weak side. But what is the 7 letter word?? Conduct??

Posted by onlyeeyore on Jun 01, 2005

It was easy for me as I'm a musician, but it was excellent!

Posted by redneck_woman on Jun 01, 2005

This was a great one! Wood/string/wind made me think of "kite"; I get everything but the "seven letters" part. I thought that referred to the music scale, but that has 8. Somebody fill me in...

Posted by redneck_woman on Jun 01, 2005

The scale I was thinking of was doe-re-mi-fa-so-la-ti-doe! After reading the comments I get it! Fishdish -- brass was sort of mentioned with "hands and mouth"

Posted by cicibonita on Jun 01, 2005

good one i lyk it!!!

Posted by gilco on Jun 01, 2005

This was a good one!

Posted by FeaerFactorY666 on Jun 01, 2005

Pretty good.. although I don't really get it...

Posted by tracknfield on Jun 01, 2005

I couldn't guess it. I looked at the answer!

Posted by Spice_2 on Jun 01, 2005

I thought it was "a kite" at first, but then i wouldnt know the seven letter word. Good one! After reading the answer I thought it was the person who played the music, the player. I never thought of the Notes.

Posted by UcheyBoo on Jun 01, 2005

my brother helped me a little but i think he might have looked at the answer. i just guessed. bunches of fun.

Posted by Trickster1992 on Jun 01, 2005

LOL I thought it was a kite too (until I saw the line "a score without a game" ... But I didn't get it until I saw the line "with 5 letters named").... Oh hey, I actually got one!

Posted by Javian on Jun 01, 2005

It was a good riddle; the "score withput a game" part gave it away though; I've heard several other teasers that used that, but good try

Posted by Kukmiester on Jun 01, 2005

Got me...

Posted by amn22492 on Jun 01, 2005

I got a little confused with "7 letters tamed," but I figured it out because of the first 5 lines. Good job, though.

Posted by riddlelover on Jun 01, 2005

I didn't get it but it was clever

Posted by dogboy on Jun 01, 2005

that was good...i didnt get it but after i saw the answer it made perfect sense

Posted by on Jun 01, 2005


Posted by Katelin on Jun 01, 2005

Yeah I play the piano and harp so of course I liked it, but I also got it right so I'm pretty happy. Great job and keep up the good work!

Posted by BirdmanBen on Jun 01, 2005

Beautiful. Easy for musicians, like me (cello, piano, baritone horn), but simply beautiful.

Posted by nessab_91 on Jun 01, 2005

It was an ALRIGHT joke
i really didnt think of MUSIC......???

It was hard and confusing?!?!?!?!?

Posted by Chelu1971 on Jun 02, 2005

I liked it. I immediately thought it was "sound" of course music also works. good one I thought seven letters was either "muffles" or "muzzles" Great!

Posted by on Jun 02, 2005

I thought this riddle was terrific! It was beautifully written. I admit I thought it was a kite at first as well, but the score and staff clues helped me get on the right track. I thought the seven letters clue referred to A-G as well, but I also like the comment that it could be "maestro." Well done!

Posted by Swordoffury1392 on Jun 05, 2005

Loved it! I added this to my favorites.

Posted by book_worm_77 on Jun 22, 2005

I thought the seven letters was Harmony very good! I thought it was fun!

Posted by ginny322 on Jun 25, 2005

Not to be contradictory to everyone else, but i think the "with seven letters tamed" means that music ends when you have SILENCE. right?? Really good teaser, by the way

Posted by on Aug 13, 2005

I play music and I didn't even get it!

Posted by realm2346 on Oct 31, 2005

At first, I thought it was"cane", but canes aren't made from string, and canes can't sing. I got the answer, though. The seven letters named really is..A,B,C,D,E,F, and G. Whoever said this, "conduct" also works.

Posted by realm2346 on Oct 31, 2005

...Okay, conduct is a lot better than the musical scale...Wait, I think I got the is five letters and the seven letter word is......MUSICAL!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by realm2346 on Oct 31, 2005

..The seven letters are m-u-s-i-c-a-l. I'm almost 100% positive, which is extremely rare........because I 'm a riddle lover,and i''ve wrote quite a few of my own poems,......I understood it.

"Score without a game,= musical scale
Seven letters named,=if youl ookk closely at the teaser, all letters to the word "musical " are included in the teaser.
Five letters tamed."= The answer, and muiscal fits with the answer.

Does anyone agree?
Ihad fun figuring out the teaser,but now, everyone's having fun trying to figure out the seven letter about your double dose of sugar.

Posted by realm2346 on Oct 31, 2005


Posted by peppamintp on Nov 14, 2005

Loved it. Am starting to dig the riddles.

Posted by Trishgal on Oct 06, 2006


Posted by lmurray on Oct 06, 2006



Posted by azbee123 on Oct 06, 2006

cute! it was fun.

Imurray get a life.

Posted by OhEmGee on Oct 06, 2006

this one wasnt great sorry i need them to be easier because i'm so MENTALLLLL!! ok well i need easier ones!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

love ya!!

Posted by OldChinaHand on Oct 06, 2006

Fun teaser. First I was thinking 'kites' tamed by strings, but then with score and could only be music. Well done.

Im, Talk about A PLETHORA OF RE-RUNS. This noise is all that you have contributed, over and over and over again.

Posted by Pizzazz2u on Oct 06, 2006

All of these teasers are reruns, kids. This is a reasonably great teaser, but *how close* are we going to run the repeats. And here I can enjoy most of the teasers... including this one.

Posted by lmurray on Oct 06, 2006


Posted by marschie on Oct 06, 2006

Way over my head! All I came up with was KITES.
...and IMURRAY keeps us on course; stop bugging him ...or her (?).

Posted by nu_rob_roy on Oct 06, 2006

I like this teaser. 'Made' my day.

...and IMURRAY keeps us on course, yes like Captain Joseph J. Hazelwood. And like we don't know who's really writting all these 'supports' comments?

Posted by shawneeo on Oct 06, 2006

lmurray keeps us on course, yes, becoz we can throw stuff at him every morning! LOL!

I didnt like this one. It was GOOD, though, meaning, after I saw the answer it all works out. But, I just didn't get a sense of exactly what was being talked about, becuse it was all vague except for the "woods and string". I just mean I think the same clues could be used but the riddle changed some to make it more fun and more clear, like: instead of: its made by one/ its made by many" something more poetic meaning it could be either or both. Sorry, just the wording I thought could be different. Maybe its sour grapes, coz Im also a musician but I actually didnt get it, LOL! But what Im saying is I didnt really want to spend any time on it.

Still and all, it was a good teaser, and I know it took a lot of time. Oh, and you HAVE TO include an explanation of the clues in the answer, especially for "seven letters tamed". dI never realized how many peeps make a comment without having read the preceding ones. Thanks!

Posted by bradon182001 on Oct 06, 2006

I thought this was beautiful. No, I didn't get the answer, but it sure makes sense once you know the answer. Thanks for making the start of my day a pleasant one.

Posted by Badger on Oct 06, 2006

Great teaser! I have a feeling that "kite" was bait, as I was still thinking it five lines in, but have yet to see even the most talented person spin one in their mouth!

As for re-runs... I've only been a member since May, so a teaser run last year is still new and fresh to me. I do feel for the newer members that are waiting for their first one to be selected as TOTD. See my comment yesterday.

Loved the teaser.

Posted by maka10 on Oct 06, 2006

Very good and fun!

Posted by coachpisco on Oct 06, 2006

Interesting. I liked it.

Posted by locutus13ds on Oct 06, 2006

I was stumped, and I'm a music lover. I first thought it was a kite, but alot didn't fit.

Posted by TheSmartest on Oct 06, 2006

I didn't get it and what do you mean "seven letters tamed"? Oh well, I guess it was ok.

Posted by rhmaustin on Oct 06, 2006

The 7 letters refers to the notes of the musical scale -- A,B,C,D,E,F, & G.

Posted by hradilv on Oct 06, 2006

Okay, the comments made me finally sign up so that I could comment.
This riddle was EXCELLENT! I thought it was just difficult enough. I also think it's obvious that the 7 letters tamed are A-G. Also, it's 5 letters NAMED - thus m-u-s-i-c.

Posted by RRAMMOHAN on Oct 06, 2006

Being a music lover, this was a fairly simple one to me. I appreciate that someone has composed a nice verse on music. The previous comments show that most people did enjoy this teaser, and this is music to my ears and eyes! Do keep up the good work.

Posted by on Oct 06, 2006

I cannot believe some of you are complaining about a riddle!! The seven letters (it does not say 7 letter WORD) are the musical scale. If you incorporated every element of music, the riddle would be too long to be enjoyable.
I thought it was really clever and my niece and I loved it.
I thought it was a kite when I read the first few lines . . .

Posted by kman613 on Oct 06, 2006

Very clever and well worded riddle. Riddles should be written this way - a little "off" so you have to think about it. I didn't get it, but the answer made total sense to me. Nice one.

Posted by Badger on Oct 06, 2006

Ditto Rahmo, Phaine, & Kmann. Great teaser!

Posted by Badger on Oct 06, 2006

Sorry for the spelling on id's...

Posted by schmedley9 on Oct 06, 2006

That on was so awesome. I didn't get the 7 letter thing but once i read a few of the comments I got it. Nice one.

Posted by Synlapse on Oct 06, 2006

If the riddles are too easy, we'd have to change the name of the exercise to "NoBraingle". Just goes to show, you can't please all the people all of the time.

Posted by Qrystal on Oct 06, 2006

Hehehehe all you commenting people are funny ... almost as much fun as the riddle itself!! But I digress, I actually think it's almost silly to talk about other commenters in the comment spot, since this is supposed to be comments about the riddle... so I'm gonna get to it.

I really loved this one. I'm sure my musical background helped, because I'm normally not very good at riddles -- though maybe Braingle is helping me get stronger!! YIPPEE!!!

I also really liked the many different interpretations of the "seven letters tamed". conduct = tamer of music; silence = music is completely docile/tamed; musical... I guess a musical person can keep music from being painful! But I thought A B C D E F G was almost shiveringly great... it made me think about how, before the scale was developed, music was "wild" and possibly even unusable, or at least not possible to compose without going "by feel" with an instrument in hand (like riding a wild horse! heh!)

Now I'm feeling all poetic... ...snoopdogg, if you want to use any part of my description to help give more detail to your answer, feel free. I think it would be appreciated by your adoring fans. ;)

Posted by heyman on Oct 06, 2006

I wasn't able to figure it out, but when I saw the answer and went back through I had as much fun untangling it as trying to figure it out.

GREAT riddle. This is the best so far!

Posted by ADSrUS on Oct 06, 2006



Posted by on Oct 06, 2006

The seven letters could be SILENCE. It tames any sound including music

Posted by jabdr on Oct 06, 2006

Wellll..I knew it was music related, but as I didn't catch on to seven letters named I didn't know if it was an instrument, or a tune or a symphony or concert. I came up with piano and thought I was brilliant! Once again, Brainagle 1, jabdr 0. Loved it.

Posted by Musikman212 on Oct 06, 2006

Good teaser, but I think the seven letters that tame ar COMPOSE. The composer tames the notes and makes them into pleasant music.

Posted by luvdoritos706 on Oct 06, 2006

nice one...i was close..

Posted by utnative on Oct 07, 2006

i loved this teaser it was great.had fun trying to solve it but failed. but what a beautiful dicscription of music.

Posted by djtalckerb on Oct 07, 2006

Good one! Thanks!

Posted by tdbrsun on Oct 08, 2006

I too was confused. But, after a bit , I got it. Good one!

Posted by starnz on Oct 09, 2006

Very Clever!! Thanks for spinning my wheels!

Posted by vlerma on Oct 09, 2006

Nice job Spookboy. I too enjoyed a fancy look at msic. I can't say I got very much of the teaser as I wanted to figure out how it oculd be a kite - couldn't get that out of my head so see people some of us really enjoy these teasers. More please?

Posted by SPUTNIK2 on Oct 17, 2006

clever, witty and fun!

Posted by sarita01 on Oct 18, 2006

OH MY GOD OH MY GOD OH MY GOD!!!! I GOT IT RIGHT!!! i read it and the first thing that popped into my head was music!!! i thought that wasn't right and that i had read it wrong but look,, i got it right!! yay me!

Posted by sarita01 on Oct 18, 2006

om truthfully the first thing i though was a yoyo but when i got to the "staff not for the lame" part thats when music popped into my head

Posted by dalfamnest on Oct 06, 2009

This was the first riddle I have seen here that I would call 'inspired' and true to the riddle tradition. I still have a lot to try, of course, as I'm only a few months into this awesome site.

People such as Imurray who complain about 're-runs' should remember that there are other people joining from time to time. You don't have to do the Daily-T if you don't want to. Maybe spend the time writing one yourself - I notice you haven't achieved this yet, Imurray.

Anyway, I was very annoyed to NOT guess it as I am so involved in music. Each line of the riddle is well crafted and it builds up to a rhyming climax.

Posted by Zarahemla05 on Oct 06, 2009

Great job! O try to figure these out after each line, so it's very easy to get stuck on one thing.

I kept thinking, Piano, Harp, etc...

Loved this one! Great job Snoopdogg! Thanks!

Posted by doehead on Oct 06, 2009

Sorry, but I agree with others. Try some new material, instead of reruns!!!!!

Posted by auntiesis on Oct 06, 2009

By focusing on just the "main" word in each sentence I was able to come up with musical instruments, from there music was easy, but it took me quite a while because the wood, string, and wind made me think of the 5 letter word "KITES". Great teaser, well done.

Posted by phyllisa on Oct 06, 2009

Good teaser,

I thought of kite, then plane (as in balsa wood) but neither fit.

I thought of FINGERS for the 7 letter word after I saw the answer. Great way to start the day.

Posted by donquixote235 on Oct 06, 2009

gummbypal: "I hate to split hairs but what about sharps and flats? On the piano there are 7 white keys in C major but all other keys need those black ones adding 5 more."

True, but those are variations of the 7 letters... they're always referred to as C#/Db, D#/Eb, etc.

It's like saying that the English language is tamed with 26 letters... we still use punctuation, but it doesn't make the comment any less true.

Posted by AndrewWalker on Oct 06, 2009

great teaser, I actually got it too one of the best riddles

Posted by avonma on Oct 06, 2009

It was really well-written. I'm very musical, and I didn't quite get it.
It all works for me. Good job!

Posted by Babe on Oct 06, 2012

It says at the top of this page..."Comments"" It does not say NIce comments, just comments . So why are any of you jumping on someone who does not like the teaser or who has an unpopulart opininion? Just write your own and do not read those you find disturbing. Comment on the teaser and nothing else. You won't th ough as you will npw jump all over me for my opinion. Okay, I just won't read it!!!

Posted by cutebug on Oct 06, 2012

Good job BABE. I'm 100% in your corner.

Posted by iggy39 on Oct 06, 2012

I didn't get it at all, but then I do have trouble sometimes. I liked it though, thought it was very clever. ;-) Thanks

Posted by Zykezex on Oct 06, 2015

Got it, was pretty easy though.

Posted by ThinksForFun on Oct 06, 2015

Great riddle!

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