This was all that was written on the envelope:

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Where should it be delivered?

(Saw this somewhere ages ago. The original source has been lost to time.)

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    $\begingroup$ This sounds like a letter that Willie Reginald Bray would send. $\endgroup$
    – Mithical
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 18:53
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    $\begingroup$ This is a nifty rebus and a cute puzzle. That said, were I the postal carrier, I'd still mark it as UNDELIVERABLE and return it to the sender. $\endgroup$
    – J.R.
    Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 19:35
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    $\begingroup$ The most cryptically addressed postcard I ever sent that I know to have been received was to: The Very Narrow House Opposite the Albion, Peel Terrace, STAFFORD. That was because I'd forgotten my friend's house number. One addressed to myself with just my house number and postcode never arrived. $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 21:13
  • $\begingroup$ I recently heard of a really really detailed address to the recipient that was delivered - the opposite of this problem, of course $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 18:42

2 Answers 2


I think it should be delivered to

John Underwood

Who lives

in Andover, England

As the rebus says

John under Wood and over England

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    $\begingroup$ Can't believe I didn't get that, and my parents lived there for 20 years! $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 28, 2017 at 21:10
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    $\begingroup$ A follow up question. Is your dad's name John Underwood? $\endgroup$ Commented Dec 29, 2017 at 17:43

Apparently that's a true story, about a real piece of mail.

You can stop wondering where you saw it before, here's a source: :-)

The Telegraph: Baffling addresses that get delivered correctly

(Spoiler; the link also contains the answer.)


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