Here are four sentences that I made up. But I accidentally shuffled the characters in every column! Can you figure out what the original sentences were?

  • $\begingroup$ Is it possible that the fourth and fifth letters on the third line have also accidentally been swapped? $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Jan 9, 2018 at 1:10
  • $\begingroup$ Anything is possible... :) $\endgroup$ Jan 9, 2018 at 1:17
  • $\begingroup$ Should that read "every row" instead of "every column"? Columns are up/down, rows are across $\endgroup$
    – CDspace
    Jan 9, 2018 at 18:23
  • $\begingroup$ @CDspace nope, see the accepted answer. "Every row" would make it almost impossible to find the intended answer. $\endgroup$ Jan 9, 2018 at 20:06

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I think it should say something like this:

Youshouldnttellanyonewhatnottodo Thissentenceisalieandaparadoxtoo Alwyasproofreadthepuzzlesyoumake Alsonevercreateacodeyoucantbreak

(Obviously the lines can be permuted freely; I've opted to arrange them in rhyming couplets.)

The "ultimate typo" might be

the transposition that remains in line three after fixing things as above.

  • $\begingroup$ Fun fact: by adding that last part to sentence 2, it's not actually a paradox anymore. $\endgroup$
    – Lolgast
    Jan 9, 2018 at 6:55

Partial, I could get the first few words.

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