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Out of this word (Posted on 2014-12-08) Difficulty: 3 of 5
acb, aml, bou, cle, emp, llo, nds, rro, ssi, ymb

The above line lists 10 triplets, each a part of one of 10 words, belonging to a well defined set.

Name the words and comment on the set's origin.

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Solution Most of a solution | Comment 1 of 9
sacbut
aml -- don't know  Agung a tamlang
tambour
cle -- don't know  Ophicleide
emp -- don't know  not in Wikipedia article
cello
rro -- don't know  GuitarrĂ³n
ssi -- don't know  Vocal Percussion or Classical Guitar
cymbals

The llo and the ymb stood out, the latter starting out as symbol, but the llo of cello pretty much confirmed the musical instrument category.

A program to search all words came out with too many entries for most letter combinations, but acb found

sacbut  sacbuts  Macbeth

and indeed a sacbut is a musical instrument.

I recognized bou as tambour once I realized the category was musical instuments.

The rest, I marked "don't know" above. Some of these were then identified by a Find On Page in the Wikipedia article on a list of musical instruments, and those identifications were added to the list above. Only emp remains unidentified.

  Posted by Charlie on 2014-12-08 10:26:15
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