Tommy's New Garage Sign

Oct 12, 2012

RAY: The essence of this puzzler was sent in by someone named John Knight.

We needed a new sign above our garage. Tommy decided to hire a sign painter for the job, instead of turning Crusty loose with a can of spray paint, like last time.

He instructed the sign painter to paint a sign which simply said, 'Click and Clack's Garage.' Those four words.

When it was finally finished and hung in place, Tommy stood there and carefully studied the new sign. After several minutes he spoke: 'I don't like it. Something's not right.'

'What's wrong?' asked the sign painter. 'Did I misspell something or use improper punctuation?'

'No, it's nothing like that.'

Tommy then uttered a sentence in which he used one of the words on that sign five times in a row. There were other words in that sentence, but one of the words in that sign was used five times in a row. And here's the interesting part: the sentence made sense! And furthermore, it explained what was wrong with the sign.

The question is, what's the sentence?

RAY: Here’s the answer. You looked at the sign and said, "The spaces between Click and and and and and Clack aren't equal."

TOM: Very good!

RAY: Now I'm sure there are plenty of other sentences in which you could use the word and five times in a row, but that's the one that I came up with. "The spaces between Click and and and and and Clack aren't equal." Do we have a winner?

TOM: We do. The winner this week is Denise Desault from Cambridge, our fair city, Massachusetts. Congratulations, Denise!

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