Kicking off our music day is a puzzle which looks like a plain piece of sheet music. As clued by the title, we need to "read between the lines" - but how do we read this score?
We may start by transcribing each note as one of ABCDEFG to get the following (replacing rests with question marks):
??AGE ??A?DA?D ?F?E? E?E?C??ED ?? D?G??A? CA?E?A?
As strange as it may seem, all of these look like they could form words! For instance, BE is a two letter word on its own, there are no contradictory letter groupings and the appearances of "-ED" hint at a few past tense words.
We suspect that each rest is to be replaced by a letter, but we can go a step further than that. Since the A-Gs are scored, the rests must represent the remaining letters, from H-Z. This eliminates a few possibilities, such as ADAGE for the first word.
Trying to find common words that fit reveals that many of the words are in fact unique, e.g. DA?B?EA? will only fit DAYBREAK. Fitting these words in, and keeping an eye out for possibilities, gives:
IMAGE/STAGE/USAGE STANDARD OFTEN EXERCISED ?? DIGITAL CAMERAS/CAVEMAN
Using a bit of context, we can tidy up the clues a bit and get:
IMAGE STANDARD OFTEN EXERCISED IN DIGITAL CAMERAS
If we note that the time signature at the bottom reads 4/4 and that there are 6 blank bars, it would seem that we want six 4-letter answers. In order, they are:
JPEG, ABBA, GERM
Enciphering these words into the blank bars produces:
This is a picture of a fermata, a musical symbol used to indicate that a note should be sustained for longer than indicated.
Due to the restrictions of the puzzle and a desire for a symmetric arch, the word JPEG had to be chosen. Luckily, although TIFF is a less-fitting possibility for the same clue, it enciphers to give almost the same result.
|The answer is: fermata|