Chopsticks Mystery© -
Clues - While messing around with chopsticks
Mr. Portada decided it was time to call his lawyer.
Mystery Question - What happened to
Winner - Final
question received on 28 January from Christoph H. in Tallinn, who asked
- Did the CD player contain a classical music
CD? (Yes it did.)
Did A and her teacher play the CD in order to pretend that they were studying
the piano? (Yes they did!! KEY
Here are the KEY Facts
in the Mystery of the XXX.
Fact 1 - Mr. Portada's wife was having
Fact 2 - Her affair was with her piano teacher.
Fact 3 - The lover's romantic "liaisons" took place during
Fact 4 - Mr. Portada was playing chopsticks on the piano.
Fact 5 - He discovered that the piano was out of tune.
Fact 6 - Mr. Portada found a CD player inside the piano.
Fact 7 - The CD Player was used to mimic Annette's playing while the
lovers carried out their bi-weekly tryst.
Fact 8 - Mr. Portada wanted to file for divorce.
The details of
The Chopsticks Mystery
Mr. Portada, a 63-year old e-commerce billionaire
has been married to Annette, a 27-year old music student. For the past
six months, Annette has been taking classical piano lessons from Xavier,
a dashing, young Spaniard from Barcelona. Twice a week, for two hours,
Annette and Xavier lock themselves in the music room of the Portada mansion.
As they practiced, down the hall in his study, Mr. Portada would listen
to Annette's masterful playing of his favorite piece, Frederic Chopin's
Piano Concerto in E-minor. Mr. Portada suspected his young wife and Xavier
were romantically involved, however, he had no proof.
One afternoon, while Annette
was out, in a moment of serendipity, Mr. Portada sat down at the piano.
A total, non-musician, he made a feeble attempt at the childs piece
- chopsticks. As he began to play, it became apparent, even to his untrained
ear, that the piano was considerably out of tune so out of tune,
that it would have been impossible for Annettes beautiful playing
to have come from the instrument.
Lifting the top of the
Steinway, Mr. Portada discovered a small CD player, and inside the player
a recording of Annette playing Chopin's concerto. In a flash, he realized
that the young lovers had used the recording to mimic Annettes playing
while they carried out their bi-weekly tryst. Gazing out the window, thinking
about divorce and
with chopsticks, Mr. Portada decided it was time to call his lawyer.
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