Question 31 of the Cryptic Quiz: “Three is the Magic Number!”

15th September 2009 by Simon G

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Hardboil’d, Part XI

For Want of Accord

Confound it–this is turmoil most vicious! Unusual sounds spring forth from our mouths. Sounds both long, loud, and of a uncommon pitch for such small mus musculus. So dramatic is our dismay that it actually alarms all similar sounds and no abutting paragraphs may contain it. You must work hard to find this monstrous lack, or doom will visit us all!

Q: What sound springs forth from our trio of animalia?

(Hint: you’ll not find a solution in this confusion)

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Comments (32)

  1. Irit:

    E (or perhaps EEEE)

  2. Kirsten Wylde:


  3. Robert Lipman:

    I think its Unusual sounds, please give me a free website, i love your sites and i think my work would look good on one !!


  4. Esteban Martinena:


  5. Joe:

    Question 31 of the Cryptic Quiz: “Three is the Magic Number!”

    the only answer I can come up for on this one is LAUGH.


  6. Joe:

    whoops, that should have been Laugh Out Loud.

  7. pp:

    Hope I interpreted right. My guess is sounds from the ultrasonic spectrum. :-)

  8. Stephen Miller:


  9. jgardy:

    The mice cry “Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!”

  10. Super_Bre:

    Squeak! Squeak! Squeak!

  11. Lou Barr:

    The trio of animalia are squeaking, for ‘mus musculus’ is the common house mouse (which is odd nomenclature if ever any were used, as the only house mice I’ve ever have had very refined tastes (feasting on earl grey teabags, and battenburg cake!).

  12. Orly Lyndon:


  13. Mark Colman:

    That’d be like, “MOO!”, yo.

  14. Elyse Fair:

    I know that mus musculus is a mouse, but they aren’t loud. I think it’s the chime of a clock. The story of the three blind mice had a clock in it, and the riddle talked about one of the sounds causing other sounds to happen at the same time.

  15. Kelli Nemec:

    is the sound an exclamation?

  16. Sara MacFarlane:

    Laughter! Hahahahahahahahhahaaaaaaa!!!!

  17. Anna:


  18. Abigail Adams:


  19. Gabi Nüchter:

    I think this should be the ´e´.

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