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I saw a man seemingly lost

Me: Hi. Are you looking for something?

Him: ____ .

Me: Go to the Federal Triangle ____ street.

Him: Do you know the address?

Me: I think it is ____ street.

Him: O yeah. The Federal building with the IRS office.

Me: Yes. It also houses a HUD office, an FBI office and ____ office

Him: Thanks

Fill in the blanks with one or two words.

Hint

Think of a 3 letter word - it is in the MW dictionary.

Linked to

Same word fills all the blanks

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    $\begingroup$ So, I have an answer that requires that you are wrong about the street name by several blocks.. $\endgroup$
    – Bass
    Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 17:52
  • $\begingroup$ Are the rules the same as the linked puzzle? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 18:05
  • $\begingroup$ @DrD - Is there a typo in the sentence "It also houses a HUD office, an FBI office and ____ office;" specifically, after and, shouldn't there by an a/an/the, or is the article a part of the blank to be filled in? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 20:56
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    $\begingroup$ @DrD - I'm curious what you mean by "It also houses a HUD office, an FBI office and ____ office." It seems like you're referring to the "Federal building with the IRS office" but as far as I can tell, rot13(gurer nera'g nal ohvyqvatf (va QP ng yrnfg) gung unir obgu n UHQ naq SOV bssvpr jvguva gurz)... $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 28, 2020 at 22:54
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    $\begingroup$ @marsnebulasoup Very astute comment. I think the puzzle is conversationally ( and gramatically) correct. I will post a clear hint tomorrow. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Dec 29, 2020 at 22:07

2 Answers 2

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Me: Hi. Are you looking for something?

Him: ATM.
Me: Go to the Federal Triangle at M street.

Him: Do you know the address?

Me: I think it is 80 M street.

Him: O yeah. The Federal building with the IRS office.

Me: Yes. It also houses a HUD office, an FBI office and a TM office, you know, where they do trademarks or was it the Toyota Motors HQ, I can never remember...

Him: Thanks

Me: Nice puzzle!

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  • $\begingroup$ Not sure if this would work because the OP said no acronyms in the question they linked for the rules $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 15:02
  • $\begingroup$ @marsnebulasoup, it says no anagrams. Acronyms seem to be acceptable. $\endgroup$
    – MacGyver88
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 15:15
  • $\begingroup$ @MacGyver88 - In the comments under the question it says so $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ Not true @marsnebulasoup. ATM is a word in MW dictionary.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/atm. Also linking does not necessarily require exact same rules. I think I said similar but.... $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 15:17
  • $\begingroup$ BTW. TM is indeed a Trade Mark. US does have TM office. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 15:21
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Could be

ONE

I saw a man seemingly lost

Me: Hi. Are you looking for something?

Him:

ONE .

Me: Go to the Federal Triangle

ON E street.

Him: Do you know the address?

Me: I think it is

ON E street.

Him: O yeah. The Federal building with the IRS office.

Me: Yes. It also houses a HUD office, an FBI office and

ONE office

Him: Thanks

Thoughts

I thought this yesterday but didn't think it long enough. Still seems like a stretch, but the clue says look for a three letter word. So, I jumped on it.

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    $\begingroup$ You are definitely on the right track @MacGyer88. +1 But my answer is different. All 4 blanks come out different $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ @DrD, How is that possible with a 3 letter word, using one or two words per blank, and four blanks? Methinks it is not actually a 3-letter word then... Anyway, that's all I have. Thanks. $\endgroup$
    – MacGyver88
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 13:49
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    $\begingroup$ That is the fun part. That is why I made this Conversational and not just a gramatically correct single sentence. Fvatyr yrggre fgerrg anzr vf cresrpg guvaxvat. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 13:52
  • $\begingroup$ If the answer would have been big with quite a number of letters, I would have been a bit convinced. The answer being a $3$ letter word is still not convincing to me. $\endgroup$
    – Anonymous
    Commented Dec 30, 2020 at 13:54

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