Jul 11, 2020
RAY: This puzzler was sent in by a fellow named Bob Eckert. I didn't even really have to obfuscate... but I did.
I'm going to read you a sentence that has five words missing. The missing words will each be denoted by a "blank." Your job, if you so choose, is to fill in the blanks.
"The (blank) doctor was (blank) (blank) to operate, because she had (blank) (blank)."
So there are five words that are missing.
But, here are the constraints. The letters used to fill in the first blank - after the word "the" - are going to be the same letters used to fill in the two blanks after the word "was" and, the two blanks after the word "had."
So, if for example there are ten letters in that first blank, then the two blanks after the word "was" will use those same ten letters, but to make two words. That will also be true for the two blanks after the word "had."
But here's the twist. You cannot re-arrange the letters. Only the spaces between the letters can be changed.
I know of one answer. I'm sure there are others.
RAY: The notable doctor was not able to operate, because she had what? No table!