Friday, April 03, 2009

A word puzzle

While visiting with Ben and Elsa, David Canfield, the composer and collector and brilliant host of their small group, posed us with a grammar challenge. You can make the following words a grammatically correct sentence by adding a total of 11 punctuation marks. Can you do it? I couldn't! Here are the words:

John where Jim had had had had had had had had had had had the teachers approval

Now, add eleven punctuation marks to make sense of it: don't change any words, remove any words, etc.

Good luck! I'll post the answer tomorrow.


Shannon said...

Can you move words around to change the order? Or does that count as changing the words...?
If so, I think I might have it...

Shannon said...

John, where Jim had had "had," had had "had had;" "had had" had had the teacher's approval.

Ok. That's my best. :)

MagistraCarminum said...

No, Shannon: no moving around of any words. You must use them in that exact order. The only thing you can do is add punctuation :-)

MagistraCarminum said...

And well done, Shannon! This is the exactly correct answer! I am VERY impressed!