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Solution 4a: Music Notes
The notes of Dement's lullaby were written in the alto and bass clefs. Although few people who don't play the viola can read the alto clef, the hint "don't forget to C in the middle" is a hint that the middle line of the staff is a C. The first step is to figure out the letter names of each of the notes. (The number of arrows above each note are listed above the note name in the following table.)
alto clef
2
2
1
0
2
1
0
 
2
1
1
2
2
0
0
1
2
1
F
D
B
B
G
G
E
 
F
A
B
D
F
E
E
G
F
A
bass clef
2
2
3
0
2
 
 
 
0
2
0
1
1
1
1
1
 
 
F
A
B
E
D
 
 
 
F
D
A
G
D
E
B
G
 
 

The next step, figuring out what the arrows above each note mean, were difficult for most teams. The arrows provide a mapping from the 7 letters of the musical scale (A through G) onto the 26 letters of the alphabet.

0 arrows
A
B
C
D
E
F
G
1 arrow
H
I
J
K
L
M
N
2 arrows
O
P
Q
R
S
T
U
3 arrows
V
W
X
Y
Z
 
 

For example, the note A with one arrow becomes an H; the note E with 3 arrows becomes a Z.

Applying the appropriate shift to all of the notes in the lullaby gives the solution:

alto clef
T
R
I
B
U
N
E
 
T
H
I
R
T
E
E
N
T
H
bass clef
T
O
W
E
R
 
 
 
F
R
A
N
K
L
I
N
 
 

The answer was to go to the Tribune Tower at the corner of 13th St and Franklin St, only a mile away from the lake. (We let most teams skip this part, however, since The Game was running behind schedule.) Inside a newspaper stand near the Tribune Tower, the teams who went there found a piece of paper:

CASE NO. 19389179 Y31-97
AGENT DEFREMERY
Aan oou thlnk of a wao to
Llft thls pesko aode, and
Exaept ln the aase of number three,
Flx all the other letters?

Can you tbink of a way to
Sift tbis pesky code, and
Except in tbe case of number two,
Fix ass tbe otber setters?

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