Inspired by the famous puzzle (origin unknown to me)

Fill in the blanks in the following sentence using the same word OR its split versions (not anagrams).

A _____ surgeon, was _______ to operate on his patient because there was _____.

My version: Fill in the blanks in the following sentences using the same word or its split versions (no anagrams)

Detective Inspector Susan Collins thought ______, the butler, _______. It ______, the _______.

The word/s (and its split versions), in the above sentence could be dictionary words, acceptable slangs, names, proper nouns etc. No anagrams. There are no repeated words in my answer

The answer to the famous original puzzle

Notable, Not able, and No Table

  • $\begingroup$ Are standard abbreviations / acrnoyms allowed as part of the answer ? $\endgroup$ Oct 11, 2017 at 14:44
  • $\begingroup$ No abbreviations or acronyms in my answer but if you have an innovative answer thta would be interesting $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Oct 11, 2017 at 14:52

4 Answers 4


Detective Inspector Susan Collins thought Washerman, the Butler, was her man. It was Herman, the washerman.

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    $\begingroup$ I suspect the first case should look something more like N. O. Body, rather than what you have. $\endgroup$
    – Rubio
    Oct 11, 2017 at 16:07
  • $\begingroup$ Wow Rubio. Very astute $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Oct 11, 2017 at 20:05

Technically R Dye has got the answer. My answer (as Rubio pointed out) has 4 difffernt word versions

Detective Inspector Collins thought, W A Sherman, the butler, was her man. It was Herman, the washerman.

Of course R Dye deserves credit.


Not as good as the top answer, but perhaps notable:

Detective Inspector Susan Collins thought I. S. Suer, the butler, is suer. It is Sue R., the issuer.

  • $\begingroup$ ZX9 Gramatically it should read " is THE suer"? $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Dec 5, 2017 at 19:56
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM Agreed, this answer has rather informal grammar. I think "suer" is already a less-than-preferable word, though it appears in Merriam-Webster. $\endgroup$
    – ZX9
    Dec 5, 2017 at 20:02

Perhaps, it could be (of many other possibilities)



Detective Inspector Susan Collins thought Wasman(a proper noun, for the surname of a person) , the butler, was man. It was, the man.

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    $\begingroup$ The last bit doesn’t work. It needs to be the whole word not half of it $\endgroup$ Oct 11, 2017 at 15:42
  • $\begingroup$ Correct Beastly Gerbil $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Oct 11, 2017 at 15:46

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