I am creating a goofy sign for a pool using a vinyl letter set, which contains a limited alphabet of upper and lower case letters:


I have run out of 'e'; I am flexible on capitalization and word usage, but I want to keep capitalization consistent within words and lines.

I want to retain the intent of the sign/phrase, and am open to rephrasing and synonyms. The lone P must be uppercase, as well as the OOL. I currently have this, but cannot complete the final gag sentence.


to our OOL

There is no P

Please keep it that way

Non-English speakers: this is a silly request for pool users to not urinate while swimming.

Attempts to solve:

Replace "There is" with "Notice" I run out of 'o'.

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    $\begingroup$ This isn’t really a puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Rubio Feb 16 '20 at 19:32
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    $\begingroup$ "It has no P". But even if you replace "there" you still need 4 lowercase e letters. This could be a Lifehacks question in which case I would say "buy another set of letters." $\endgroup$ – Weather Vane Feb 16 '20 at 19:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Rubio The OP first posted this on English Language & Usage and they sent him here. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Feb 16 '20 at 20:39
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    $\begingroup$ I think this is a puzzle, right. Given this set of letters, how to make this following pun? $\endgroup$ – justhalf Feb 17 '20 at 1:36
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    $\begingroup$ I love Stack Exchange: it's always here, ask a question, but no, not that one. $\endgroup$ – JoshDM Feb 17 '20 at 5:03

Taking advantage of the fact that (on most such sets of letters I've seen), p and d are the same (just rotate 180°), my best attempt so far was:

Adding P is not requirep <= rotate 'p' to use as a 'd'

Additionally a meta-answer that may help you come up with more answers of your own more easily...

To experiment with different ideas, I created an Excel spreadsheet. In A1 I enter AAABBBCCDDEEEFFGGHHIIIJJKKLLMMNNOOOPPQRRRSSSTTUUVVWWXXYYZZaaabbccddeeeffgghhiiijjkklllmmnnnoooppqrrrsssttuuvvwwxxyyzz, in B1, the text I want to try. In C1 =FIND(LEFT(B1,1),A1).

In A2: =LEFT(A1,C1-1)&MID(A1,C1+1,999), in B2 =MID(B1,2,999), copy-paste C1 to C2, and copy-paste / replicate row 2 for as many rows as needed.

This way different text can be tried - any time you run out of a letter, you'll see #VALUE! in column C. For readability, you might want to give yourself a supply of vinyl spaces too!

This also showed that "keep it that way" is a problem phrase as the supply of letters only contains two ts.

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    $\begingroup$ You not only answered it with, in my opinion, a better answer phrase than those currently provided, but also supplied a workflow to identify other solutions. That scores the win. $\endgroup$ – JoshDM Feb 20 '20 at 18:24
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    $\begingroup$ @JoshDM thanks! Also you can usually have u == n and q == b without much issue. For some specific letter sets it may be possible to "trim" some letters to create others too (craft knife / scissors) which could also expand your ool of available letters. $\endgroup$ – Steve Feb 21 '20 at 7:52

Better to keep it short:

Remember: no P.

  • $\begingroup$ Aesthetically, it's not great, but beggars can't be choosers. Thank you! $\endgroup$ – JoshDM Feb 17 '20 at 13:39

Could you merge the request with the "no P" bit?


No P please


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