Mary was talking to her new friend. She thinks he said,

Bro, I, um... Avoid Sue! Teenager pill spurn.

Mary says that she probably added extra and can't remember exactly what he said.

What is Mary's friend's name? What is this puzzle trying to tell you?

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  • $\begingroup$ Darn downvotes why $\endgroup$
    – Quintec
    Dec 25, 2017 at 20:50
  • $\begingroup$ Added extra what? $\endgroup$
    – ekhumoro
    Dec 26, 2017 at 0:50

2 Answers 2


I noticed that (credits to Jamal Senjaya for the idea):

The text can be divided into parts: Bro, I, um, which is an anagram of Rubio+M; Avoid Sue which anagrams to Deusovi+A; Teenager pill spurn which rearranges into GentlePurpleRain+S. Of course, Rubio, Deusovi and GentlePurpleRain are three of our beloved moderators.

I'm not exactly sure what it means, but here are a few possibilities (edit: The third one has been confirmed correct by the OP):

  1. The extra letters M,A,S can be anagrammed into SAM, which sounds like a reasonable name.

  2. The surplus letters are M,A,S and Mary added "X-tra", so that whole thing spells X-MAS, which together with a near-homophone of Mary says Merry X-Mas!.

  3. The text really wants to say Merry Christmas, but Mary and MAS are already here, so the friend's name is what's leftover: Chris.

  4. Three moderators are already there, so the friend is Gareth McCaughan, the fourth mod, trying to tell Merry X-mas to the other three.

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    $\begingroup$ "Beloved" mods- I laughed at that. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Dec 26, 2017 at 4:34
  • $\begingroup$ I think u have the complete answer. +1 $\endgroup$ Dec 26, 2017 at 4:38
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    $\begingroup$ @Sid I mean, I don't know about others, but at least Deusovi seems fairly popular... $\endgroup$
    – Ankoganit
    Dec 26, 2017 at 4:39
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    $\begingroup$ Your third option is correct. Nicely done! $\endgroup$
    – Quintec
    Dec 26, 2017 at 15:15

Partial Answer

I think his friend is :

Bro, I, um... Avoid Sue! is anagram for Bro, I am Deusovi!
There is extra letter u, maybe for next sentence.

  • $\begingroup$ Why would the answer] address Mary as "bro"? $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Dec 26, 2017 at 2:57
  • $\begingroup$ @Sid It is weird, but it is still possible that Mary is a man, or maybe it is a clue for christmas. $\endgroup$ Dec 26, 2017 at 3:42
  • $\begingroup$ "Mary was talking to her friend" $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Dec 26, 2017 at 4:33

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