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Word Ladder #10 – Musical Instrument Families

Traditionally, Western musical instruments are thought of as belonging to four groups, or “families.” Do you know their names?
Answers must correspond to yellow box.
Word ladder rules: each word resembles the word above it, more or less.
Mechanical and electronic instruments can be considered to be a fifth family.
“Without music, life would be a mistake.” - Nietzsche
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Family #1. Includes cellos.
Strings
Till the fat lady _____.
Sings
White House East ____.
Wing
One ___, zero losses.
Win
Astronomer Hubble.
Edwin
Historian Doris Kearns _______.
Goodwin
Family #2. Includes English horns.
Woodwinds
They keep tomes from tipping.
Bookends
Tomes.
Books
“Blazing Saddles” director Mel.
Brooks
Sits on eggs. Or mulls depressively.
Broods
Small nails. Or multiple Pitts.
Brads
Family #3. Includes French horns.
Brass
Fish: striped ____.
Bass
Mama ____ Elliot.
Cass
In ____ of emergency.
Case
U.S. Army anthem: “_______ Song.”
Caisson
Seamstress’ needle storage: pin _______.
Cushion
Family #4. Includes xylophones.
Percussion
Conference: round-table __________.
Discussion
Heavy Olympic frisbee.
Discus
Syrian capital.
Damascus
Department store: Neiman ______.
Marcus
Killer whales.
Orcas
Group comprising the above 4 families.
Orchestra
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