I've been racking my brain trying to think of a grammatically correct sentence that uses same without the earlier in the same (see!) phrase.
It is the same
It is the very same
I have 10 things all the same
I have 10 of the same things
The same boy as last time did it again
The boy did the same thing as last time
I am discounting same-day dry cleaning and any similar phrases that might crop up because using a hyphen is acceptable which suggests it's an atomic phrase and it sounds awkward if inverted:
They have a same-day dry cleaning service.
Their dry cleaning service is same-day. - Sounds odd but might be acceptable in some situations
Their dry cleaning service is done on the same day. - Sounds better
So I don't think it's possible when same is used by itself. Can someone either explain why same must always have the before it or provide a grammatically correct counter-example?