Fill the empty cells under ONE, TWO, THREE and FOUR


Musical Instrument Code
Ektara I5E6


Musical Instrument Code
Gunjac C7G6


Musical Instrument Code
Shamisen J5S8


Musical Instrument Code
Cavaquinho P8C10


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The codes for each instrument always take the form letter-number-letter-number, and can be derived as follows:

1. The first letter of the instrument's country of origin (in English).
2. The number of letters in that country's shortform English name.
3. The first letter of the instrument itself.
4. The number of letters in the instrument's name.

This can be seen in the codes already known:

Ektara I5E6 (origin: India)
Gunjac C7G6 (origin: Croatia)
Shamisen J5S8 (origin: Japan)
Cavaquinho P8C10 (origin: Portugal)

With this in mind, the gaps can now be filled as follows:

1. Masenqo E8M7 (origin: Ethiopia)
2. Erhu C5E4 (origin: China)
3. Balalaika R6B9 (origin: Russia)
4. Choghur or Chagane A10C7 (origin: Azerbaijan)

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    $\begingroup$ The subheadings ONE, TWO, THREE and FOUR were supposed to give clues about the number of strings in those instruments. You didn't require those clues at all :) Maybe I should have added another layer of abstraction to make those clues useful. @Stiv $\endgroup$ Aug 25, 2022 at 15:38
  • $\begingroup$ @chandanr777 Ah yes, I didn't actually mention that. For me I already knew of the missing instrument in 3, and it was geography knowledge that helped me pinpoint #4 :) $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 25, 2022 at 15:47
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    $\begingroup$ Nicely done. I signed up to this puzzling community just yesterday. I am still exploring the responses I get to the different types of questions I post. From what I've seen, you seem to be a veteran here! $\endgroup$ Aug 25, 2022 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ @chandanr777 Well, welcome to the community, and I hope you enjoy your stay! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Aug 25, 2022 at 16:14
  • $\begingroup$ Thank you. I most definitely will.. $\endgroup$ Aug 25, 2022 at 16:47

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