# Can You Note the Notes?

This is what happened to Jack and Dave.

If you were Jack and Dave, what would you do?

• If I were Jack and Dave, and Jack and Dave were sharing a music stand, and that stand had a pencil, that pencil would write "- 3 -" above the group of last three black notes
– humn
Feb 24, 2016 at 4:27
• Disclaimer: I used an online notation writer to get this score. Feb 24, 2016 at 17:03
• Thank you for a tantalizing puzzle, I'll stop trying to decode the frequencies. Almost had something going with abRAcaDAbRa too.
– humn
Feb 29, 2016 at 15:52
• What was the intended answer, if you're OK revealing it now that one has been selected? Mar 1, 2016 at 17:33
• @question_asker I was thinking of mchoy25's answer, but hmmn's was even better. Mar 1, 2016 at 21:22

I would

run the other way for a(a) bee(b), they see(c) a(a) bee(b) see(c) a(a) beeeeeeeeee(b)

Just to show what can happen when important ciphers get into the wrong hands, a partial decryption suggests that if Jack and Dave were me, what they would do is look for a lawyer.

What were Jack and Dave thinking!, entering dance bars with A minor. Time to face the music. Apologies to anyone unfamiliar, or too familiar, with music theory, and to the original intent of a yet-undeciphered interesting puzzle.

• THIS IS AMAZING. Feb 29, 2016 at 15:38
• I had a comment here once, but I had noticed all these things but hadn't managed to put them into this kind of narrative. Whether or not it's the intended answer, I love it. Feb 29, 2016 at 16:05
• Totally not what I had in mind... But I'm accepting it now. This answer beats my intended one hands down. Good work. Feb 29, 2016 at 23:33
• @manshu mchoy25 already got my intended answer. But this one is fantastic. Mar 2, 2016 at 20:33

If we look at the notes, they are

abca bcab

We note that

The second bar has 5 beats, contradicting the common time (4 4) in the first bar. I therefore assume that the bar separates words

This leads me to think that

This is a cryptogram for "seas ease"

And if I were Jack and/or Dave I might

Up anchor and sail away. Or something nautical like that.

• Presumably the minim in the second bar is significant. Feb 23, 2016 at 0:12