For this riddle, I have two homophones, however the first one is a single word and the second one is composed of two or more words.

h1 - licensing
h2 - lies and sing OR lie sensing

Try to guess h1 and h2 in the following situation:
Police officer Steve and his partner Fred are taking a break from patrolling by stopping at a donut shop. Steve is waiting in the car while Fred is walking back to the car from the shop without any donuts.

Fred: Steve, we have a(n) {h1}.
Steve: What is it?
Fred: {h2}!


The answer has more to do with their occupation than the donuts.


We have an


What is it?

Emerge and see!

  • $\begingroup$ hahaha this is a great answer :D $\endgroup$ – QuantumTwinkie Oct 18 '18 at 17:26

We have a


What is it?

stale, mate! [We have an impasse: the doughnuts here are not fresh, my friend.]

But maybe I've been looking at

chess problems

too long.

  • $\begingroup$ Very creative! But not the right answer. I will update with hints tomorrow if nobody gets it. +1 $\endgroup$ – obl Oct 18 '18 at 4:56

We have

an issue!

What is it?

it's you! Fred doesn't like his partner, and doesn't want to give him any donuts. :(

  • $\begingroup$ Not quite, but nice answer! There is a bit of a difference here between "issue" and "it's you" that is not as prevalent in the answer. $\endgroup$ – obl Oct 18 '18 at 17:08

A bit of a cheapo, resorting to proper names...

Fred: Steve, we have an officer down.
Steve: What is it?
Fred: Officer Doan!

Or maybe, replacing Fred with Dr. Rumack...

Dr. Rumack: Steve, we have an emergency in the hospital.
Steve: What is it?
Dr. Rumack: It's a big building with patients!

  • $\begingroup$ Nice try, but remember h1 is a single word. $\endgroup$ – obl Oct 18 '18 at 17:08
  • $\begingroup$ Although you are actually getting closer in your second answer. $\endgroup$ – obl Oct 18 '18 at 17:11
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    $\begingroup$ Leslie Nielsen was a great comic actor :D but that's not important right now. $\endgroup$ – deep thought Oct 18 '18 at 18:20

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