This puzzle is my own creation.

The other day one of my coworkers asked me whether I was up for a challenge. I said sure, so he handed me a piece of paper.

"Find the response that's hidden in this paper. It must be two syllables." he said, and walked off. I looked down at the paper that was in my hand. All it had were two unlabeled measures of music:

The measures of music

I spent all last night trying to figure out what the response was; in the end, I decided to ask the folks at Puzzling SE for help. Based on the paper, what is the two-syllable response I should give him?

Here's a hint for those who want it:

Ч + o + 📌
Embodying some point of technique. Performed for artistic merit.

  • $\begingroup$ Do we need to be able to recognize an existing piece from which this excerpt has been taken? $\endgroup$
    – ribs2spare
    Commented May 18, 2022 at 13:14
  • $\begingroup$ @ribs2spare Yes. I assume that's possible, what with all the search things they have on the internet, but let me know if I'm wrong. If you want hints, I can add those, too. $\endgroup$ Commented May 18, 2022 at 20:53
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    $\begingroup$ Okay, I have been using the Musipedia search and other similar websites and nothing is coming up. I tried rhythm search and melody search just in case part of the puzzle was correcting an incorrect pitch or rhythm. I think a hint will be necessary to proceed on this one. It's bugging me because the piece does seem familiar but I can't put my finger on it and I've been thinking about it all day. $\endgroup$
    – ribs2spare
    Commented May 19, 2022 at 3:17
  • $\begingroup$ @ribs2spare Okay, I'll add a hint when I get a minute to think of one. The puzzle is in the exact correct key and pitch (and time signature), as far as I know. However, those two measures don't show up right next to each other in the actual piece, so if you're not searching each measure individually, you may want to try that. $\endgroup$ Commented May 19, 2022 at 14:15
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    $\begingroup$ I have tried it and am still not finding it. I think the music search technology is still in the works. $\endgroup$
    – ribs2spare
    Commented May 19, 2022 at 14:20

1 Answer 1


The two-syllable response is

10 4!

How is this a "response"? It's one of

the CB radio 10 codes listed here

The musical extract is from one of

Chopin's studies: the one in c# minor, op.10 no.4. Specifically, bars 2 and 4. Alternatively (since bars 2 and 10 are identical), bars 10 and 4. A big 10 4 to user cap who spotted that.

  • $\begingroup$ Nice! I just checked the sheet music and rot13(one gra vf gur fnzr nf one gjb) $\endgroup$
    – caPNCApn
    Commented May 19, 2022 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ @cap I've incorporated that idea of yours (credited) in my answer. $\endgroup$
    – Rosie F
    Commented May 19, 2022 at 16:22
  • $\begingroup$ Correct, good job! $\endgroup$ Commented May 19, 2022 at 16:54

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