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Here's a riddle for the day

One fell in love with his music system
Another led the opposers in Queensland
One played the man playing a trick
The last lost his love by his own hand

Hint 1:

Queensland is not the Australian state here. Read it aloud.

Hint 2:

Hunter's answer is certainly on the right track.

Hint 3:

The title is also a clue.

Hint 4: (big one)

Queensland isn't one word.

__Hint 5: (AND THE BIGGEST ONE YET)

In his question, Engineer Toast has been inspired a lot more than he thinks. (Or maybe he knows, but I'm not sure.)

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  • $\begingroup$ Well, this was no help at all... $\endgroup$ Jun 23, 2015 at 15:36
  • $\begingroup$ @EngineerToast: Read it out loud. Maybe I took it a bit too far in trying to be obscure. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 23, 2015 at 15:56
  • $\begingroup$ I'm guessing your hint about "Queensland" means you're talking about Alice from Through the Looking Glass, who commanded the black army against the Queen of Hearts' red army. $\endgroup$
    – user88
    Jun 23, 2015 at 16:08
  • $\begingroup$ @JoeZ. not quite. But I like the way you think. Think more about what it sounds like. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 23, 2015 at 16:21
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    $\begingroup$ @CodeNewbie No! I had no idea! That's freaking' amazing. It makes sense, though. It turns out I deciphered the Queensland clue correctly but, when I couldn't find the rest, I figured I had it wrong. That was the launching pad for my own riddle, though. $\endgroup$ Jun 24, 2015 at 12:18

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I'm going to try this one, even if I'm not convinced:

Edward

I don't have great explanations, though:

One fell in love with his music system

Edward Williams created the Soundbeam music system. Based on the other hint in the comments, this is actually Edward Maya, because of his song called "Stereo Love" (definitely not my genre, I would have never found it out).

Another led the opposers in Queensland

Edward Hand, maybe? He's been a general in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. I thought of Edward Braddock first, but I find it hard to say he "led the opposers". Ed Milliband comes to mind, he was leader of the opposition from 2010 to 2015.

One played the man playing a trick

Well, Edward Norton in The Illusionist.

The last lost his love by his own hand

This made me think of Edward Scissorhands, even if he didn't exactly "lost his love by his hand".

And about the question title:

apparently at least two rodent species are named like that: Edward's swamp rat and Edwards's long-tailed giant rat. Probably Edward Snowden, who leaked information from the NSA.

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  • $\begingroup$ Edward is correct! First Edward is not an inventor or scientist, but an EDM artist known for his song '*** Love'. *** is where the music system part fits in. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:18
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, ok, I'll edit the answer. $\endgroup$
    – Aioros
    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:23
  • $\begingroup$ Also, Edward who led the opposers in "Queen's land" is different. I'm talking about a politician. And for the title, I'm talking about a famous Edward who was a rat (not the animal). (Also, what he did was rat out the secret). $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:28
  • $\begingroup$ Edited again, I hope I got it right this time. Otherwise I fear it's going to be a long trial-and-error session :) $\endgroup$
    – Aioros
    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:40
  • $\begingroup$ Perfect now! :) $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 24, 2015 at 9:47
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This is my guess... The answer could be:

(the surname) NEWMAN

One fell in love with his music system

Alfred Newman: developed what came to be known as the Newman System, a means of synchronising the performance and recording of a musical score with the film.

Another led the opposers in Queensland

Campbell Newman was elected to lead the LNP into the 2012 Queensland state election
(Being Queensland actually Queen's Land) John Henry Newman, who became known as a leader of, and an able polemicist for, the Oxford Movement, an influential and controversial grouping of Anglicans who wished to return to the Church of England many Catholic beliefs and liturgical rituals from before the English Reformation.

One played the man playing a trick

Paul Newman, who played a pool player in "The color of money" and in "The hustler".

The last lost his love by his own hand

The singer John Newman (is it a reference to "Out Of My Head" lyrics? )

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    $\begingroup$ Anyway, I suppose that the solution is a surname... ;) $\endgroup$
    – Hunter
    Jun 23, 2015 at 8:07
  • $\begingroup$ I'm still stuck to my first guess... I changed one of the answers, due to the hint about Queensland... $\endgroup$
    – Hunter
    Jun 24, 2015 at 7:09
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    $\begingroup$ I assure you, it isn't Newman. With Newman, your second and third clue fit very well indeed, but the first and fourth are rather loosely fit. Again, check the question linked in hint 5 (where I had previously wrongly mentioned your name instead of EngineerToast). $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 24, 2015 at 7:12
  • $\begingroup$ Also, you haven't found the link with the question title. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 24, 2015 at 7:25
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Maybe they're

bridge players.

One fell in love with his music system

Not sure about this line.

Another led the opposers in Queensland

This player is opposite another and has lots of queens in his hand.

One played the man playing a trick

A round of play in bridge is called a trick, so at any time each player is playing another who's playing a trick.

The last lost his love by his own hand

This player's hand was so bad that he lost the game, and with it whatever he'd wagered (he probably loves money).

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  • $\begingroup$ Interestng answer, rand. But nothing related. $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 23, 2015 at 9:26
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My guess:

Henry

One fell in love with his music system

Henry Kloss developed the first portable music system.

Another led the opposers in Queensland

Patrick Henry against the British Army (Queen's Land)

One played the man playing a trick

This one, I cannot figure out. Best I've got is King Henry IV (the play).

The last lost his love by his own hand

King Henry V killed his own wives.

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  • $\begingroup$ And yes, I can confirm that you've got the correct interpretation of Queensland. :) $\endgroup$
    – CodeNewbie
    Jun 24, 2015 at 3:03

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