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Yesterday, you had the concrete poured for your new patio, but during the night, some visitors came by and scrawled some words onto the setting concrete. Here are the words:

- Groundhog's green ball
- Esau and his nephew
- The great pork dinner
- Bond cat

Who are these four men?

Hint:

These only have to do with the people's names, not what they have done and they are from the past.

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  • $\begingroup$ Out of interest, are they all linked in some way? $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Jun 7, 2016 at 22:43
  • $\begingroup$ @hexomino Yes, they are. $\endgroup$ Jun 7, 2016 at 22:57

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1. Woodrow Wilson, because a synonym for groundhog is woodchuck and Wilson is a brand of tennis ball
2. Benjamin Harrison
3. ?
4. James Garfield

Still getting used to some of this stuff...

3 is really difficult but I will take a stab at it because I think I know how they relate

Alexander Hamilton, a ton of ham? Haha. As for how they relate, I think they must have mailed themselves to the future ;)

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  • $\begingroup$ You are indeed correct. "The great" part comes from the Greek of the first name, if you were wondering. $\endgroup$ Jun 8, 2016 at 21:53
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My guess is that they are (a similar line of thinking to Rip Tide)

Former US presidents

  • Groundhog's green ball

    I think that this is George W Bush.
    Groundhog refers to Groundhog Day (as in the recurrence of another George Bush) and a bush is usually green. Also, the green ball in snooker is worth three and this is the third occasion where a direct descendent of a former US president was also US president (John Quincy Adams and Benjamin Harrison being the others). Also, an anagram of the hint is "George Bush, lorn gland", an unflattering description.

  • Esau and his nephew

    Esau has nephew 'Benjamin'. The origin of the name Esau is 'Hairy' and he was the first son of Isaac so it could be Benjamin Hairy-son = Benjamin Harrison

  • The great pork dinner

    Abraham Lincoln is known as 'The Great Emancipator'. Also his name contains 'ham' and 'Lincoln' which is known for its pork sausages.

  • Bond cat

    James Garfield for James Bond and Garfield the cat.

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  • $\begingroup$ #3 was actually not a president. #1 needs a little more going into the synonym direction to find the name. $\endgroup$ Jun 8, 2016 at 11:28
  • $\begingroup$ Okay I'll rethink #1. What do you mean about #3? He definitely, definitely was. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Jun 8, 2016 at 11:33
  • $\begingroup$ Like #3 as I intended originally was not a president. $\endgroup$ Jun 8, 2016 at 11:36
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, I see. Okay, will rethink. $\endgroup$
    – hexomino
    Jun 8, 2016 at 11:38
  • $\begingroup$ I like your explanation for #3 better than the intended one as it covers more of the name. $\endgroup$ Jun 9, 2016 at 0:46

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