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Monday Mystery: Music to Kill By

Posted by on March 4, 2019

Orchestra preparing to play

Note: Last week Opope chose an easy mystery.

The Solution:

The victim was a married violinist in the orchestra, who had gotten the oboist’s daughter pregnant. Crazed with hatred, the oboist made a small dart from a fishing lure and dipped the tip into poison. At the end of the concerto, when the kettle drums pounded and the woodwinds were silent, he inserted the dart into the end of his oboe, unscrewed the read and, pretending to “blow out” his instrument, instead blew the tiny poisoned dart into the violinist’s neck.

Because the oboist was at the end of the woodwind row, next to the violins, no one noticed anything out of the ordinary. And because of the loud drums, no one heard the violinist scream in pain. His death wasn’t discovered until he failed to stand during the applause. In the confusion that followed the oboist sneaked to the airport and hopped a plan, which crashed upon landing in Lima, Peru. No one figured out that it was an ill woodwind that blew now good.

The Case:

A man dies during Gershwin’s Concerto in F# at Symphony Hall

The Mystery:

Who killed him, how, and why?

(The winning solution MUST contain all of these elements, please don’t assume information from a previous question.)

Hint #1: The dead man was a violinist in the orchestra

Hint #2: The Gershwin Concerto both begins and ends with loud kettle drums


You’re free to ask anything, (please keep it to one question a post for simplicity’s sake,) but Jurd can only answer your questions with:

  • Yes
  • No
  • Yes and No
  • Irrelevant
  • I don’t know
  • Rephrase your question
  • Define what you mean by…

Disclaimer: Monday Mysteries are culled from the 1993 Milton Bradley game, Crack the Case – but don’t go peeking.

Skinner Co. makes no claim to the intellectual property presented here, we’re just a number of friends playing a board game in a digital living room.

82 Responses to Monday Mystery: Music to Kill By

  1. Colorado Joe

    Was the victim a member of the audience?

  2. Colorado Joe

    Was the victim a member of the orchestra other than the conductor?

  3. Colorado Joe

    Was the victim the conductor?

  4. hugh

    Was the victim killed by another member of the orchestra?

  5. Blue

    Is the musical piece relevant?

  6. Opope

    were the crash cymbals in the piece used to mask the sound of a gunshot?

  7. Colorado Joe

    Was the victim first chair for their instrument?

    • jrdskinner

      No (sorry about the delay on this one, I had to give the card a very careful reading to be sure I was correct.)

  8. Colorado Linda

    Was the victim stabbed by a # “sharp” instrument?

  9. Doc Blue

    Did the victim play a brass instrument?

  10. Doc Blue

    Was the victim killed by someone in their section?

  11. Doc Blue

    Did the victim play a percussion instrument?

  12. Opope

    was the killer a member of the audience?

  13. Doc Blue

    Did the killer play a brass instrument?

  14. Doc Blue

    Did the killer play percussion?

  15. Colorado Joe

    Was the killer the conductor?

  16. jrdskinner

    If you need some thinking music:

  17. Doc Blue

    Was the killer the pianist?

  18. Doc Blue

    Did the victim have a heart condition?

  19. Doc Blue

    Was the victim the pianist?

  20. Doc Blue

    Is the fact that a piano is prominently featured relevant?

  21. Colorado Joe

    Was the killer a violinist?

  22. Opope

    Did the victim have any serious allergies

  23. Opope

    Was the killer play a wind instrument?

  24. Pat Toner

    Was the murder weapon a gun?

  25. Melissa

    Did the killer and the deadman get into an argument about the drums drowning out the violin?

  26. Hugh

    Did the killer fire some kind of dart or projectile from their instrument into the violinist?

  27. jrdskinner

    Who killed him, how, and why?

  28. Opope

    Did the piccolo player shoot a poison dart at the victim?

  29. Opopanax

    Was the killer one of the flutists?

  30. Opopanax

    Was the killer one of the clarinet players?

  31. Opopanax

    Was the killer one of the oboe players?

  32. Opopanax

    Was the killer the bassoon player?

  33. Opopanax

    Was the killer annoyed that the victim couldn’t keep the right tempo and was constantly screwing up the piece?

  34. jrdskinner

    Who killed him – the oboist
    how – blow dart

    and why?

  35. Doc Blue

    We’re the killer and the victim romantically involved?

  36. Colorado Joe

    Did the victim owe the killer money?

  37. Colorado Joe

    Was the victim blackmailing the killer?

  38. Doc Blue

    Was the victim fooling around with the killer’s spouse/significant other?

  39. Doc Blue

    DId the oboist use a blow dart to kill the victim because the killer’s significant other was fooling around with the victim?

    • jrdskinner

      This isn’t 100%, but it’s so close to the answer that to say no would only confuse things.

      Congrats, you are this week’s sleuth supreme!

      Easy, medium, or hard?

  40. Colorado Joe

    Were the killer and victim related?

  41. Blue


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