This is part 5 of A Trivial Pursuit, a 25-part puzzle hunt. Each part is solvable on its own, with the exception of the meta-puzzle at the end.

♩♩♩♩♩ G
E G S T H E M A M ♩♩♩♩♩♩♩♩♩
H ♩♩
D A ♩
R ♩♩
B F T B O M ♩♩
♩♩♩♩♩♩♩♩ W
I A T ♩♩♩♩♩

Turdus merula
Cyanocitta cristata
Canis lupus familiaris
Milvus milvus
Octopoda vulgaris
Sus domesticus
Equus ferus caballus
Procyon lotor
Odobenus rosmarus

The answer is a relevant 10-letter word.


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The answer is

Sphaerites (which is a genus of beetles)

Because all of these is an animal contained in a title of

a song by The Beatles!

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The note symbol corresponds to the

n:th letter of the corresponding scientific name.

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    $\begingroup$ Ahhh, a minute before my submission of the same solution. Nicely done nonetheless. $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 14:54
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    $\begingroup$ That last step was nicely spotted. I overthought there $\endgroup$
    – oAlt
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 14:56
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    $\begingroup$ I'm going to have to start watching for these; they're fun but there's genuine race element. $\endgroup$
    – Daniel S
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 15:02
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    $\begingroup$ CatProgrammer Thanks. @oAlt Yeah, I couldn't makes sense of it from the beginning either but then realized they must correspond to the scientific names (given the number of notes which didn't match some of the word of the animals). $\endgroup$ Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 15:28
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    $\begingroup$ This is correct, indeed :) And yes, I chose the indices deliberately so that some would be out of range for the wrong set of options, to prompt the solver that what they had found would be worth googling to check it was real! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Commented Sep 10, 2023 at 21:55

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