Inspired by Avi's Vowelburger™ Riddle
The success of our first Chef’s Special has inspired our chef to add even more variety to your favourite Vowelburgers™ menu. The chef’s choice of the day consists of a vowel patty, cheese, lettuce, and a special bun. The variety lies in the other bun.

$$ % custom template - reuse if you may \def\S#1#2{\Space{#1}{20px}{#2px}}\def\P#1{\V{#1em}}\def\V#1{\S{#1}{9}} \def\T{\color{white}{\textbf{Bun}}}\def\NT{\color{white}{\textbf{Vowelburger}^{\;\!™}\ }}\displaystyle \smash{\lower{29px}\bbox[#c72c41]{\phantom{\rlap{rubio.2020.01.21-custom}\S{5px}{0} \begin{array}{cc}\T&\NT\\\end{array}}}}\atop\def\V#1{\S{#1}{5}} \begin{array}{|c|c|}\hline\T&\NT\\\hline % ~\text{?}&\text{discharge}\\\hline ~\text{?}&\text{disperse}\\\hline ~\text{?}&\text{brake}\\\hline ~\text{?}&\text{fish}\\\hline ~\text{?}&\text{catches}\\\hline ~\text{?}&\text{complain}\\\hline ~\text{?}&\text{instrument}\\\hline ~\text{?}&\text{twist}\\\hline ~\text{?}&\text{cover}\\\hline \end{array}$$

Now here is the twist; though the contents of the burgers are fixed, the order isn’t so. Also, the special bun can be either at the top or bottom.

Can you identify each one from the description on the menu?


Only two pairs are anagrams

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    $\begingroup$ I'm wondering about the forms of some provided words. Based on the accepted answer, 'catches' makes sense, but it feels like 'complain', 'instrument', 'twist', and 'cover' should also end in -s. $\endgroup$ – hagfy Mar 17 at 14:27
  • $\begingroup$ Yes @hagfy, that was exactly what I had in mind initially but it seemed too obvious what the special bun would be in that case. The burger name need only to give a clue to what the contents are, not to describe it. $\endgroup$ – Ébe Isaac Mar 17 at 17:51

I think that the patty cheese and lettuce are

P, R and A

and the special bun is



discharge = SPARK
disperse = SPRAY
brake = SPRAG
fish = SPRAT
catches = TRAPS
complain = CARPS
instrument = HARPS
twist = WARPS
cover = WRAPS

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  • $\begingroup$ Excellent! Thank you for being a valuable customer. We hope to see you again soon. $\endgroup$ – Ébe Isaac Mar 17 at 17:56

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