# And and... and. And.?

This is a cool riddle, which my Maths teacher taught our class, 25 years ago. I still remember it and find it very cool.

Can you create a perfectly valid English sentence, which makes perfect sense, but which contains the word "and" in it, five times consecutively in a row ?

"Something-or-other and and and and and something-else."

Let's see if anyone else knows the answer to this one.

I'll post the answer in a couple of days.

(Dedicated to Mr Quick, my excellent Maths teacher from Tavistock College, Devon, England.)

• There's a similar puzzle that requires you to punctuate eleven "had"s in a row. Commented May 2, 2016 at 13:37
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– Dave
Commented May 2, 2016 at 14:07
• Also one with "that": puzzling.stackexchange.com/questions/2578
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Commented May 2, 2016 at 18:35
– Ashl
Commented May 2, 2016 at 19:52
• I learnt a similar one in Spanish: ¿Cómo como? Como como como. Commented May 3, 2016 at 3:07

I've also heard it before :)

Let's say we have a store owner and his clerk. The store owner want the clerk to make a sign for the shop, which has the name (for example): "Toys And Puzzles".

So, the clerk makes the sign and presents it to the owner.
The owner thinks the spacing isn't really good. It currently looks something like:
Toys And Puzzles
but he wanted it to look more like:
Toys And Puzzles

So he says to the clerk:
"The spacing between Toys and And and And and Puzzles should be a bit larger. Could you please fix that?"

• The funny thing about this is that despite how awkward that looks in text form, when you say it out aloud it's not that bad. Commented May 2, 2016 at 11:30
• Just five ands? Amateur ;-) Commented May 2, 2016 at 11:46
• @Angew: Wikipedia gives an example with forty-six "and"s in a row. (The last entry under "Lexical ambiguity". Commented May 2, 2016 at 13:41
• I find the spacing in this answer to be a little tight. Could you add more space between toys and and and and and and and and and and and and and puzzles? Commented May 2, 2016 at 14:33
• 'and' has lost all meaning to me... Commented Mar 31, 2017 at 7:23

The question itself provides an answer:

Can you create a perfectly valid English sentence, which makes perfect sense, but which contains the word "and" in it, five times consecutively in a row, like this: "Something-or-other and and and and and something-else."?

I kept it relatively intact but we could easily alter it slightly so that it only contains valid words.