Grandpa likes Warren Buffet but not Bill Gates

Grandpa likes Prince Harry but not Prince William

Grandpa likes President McKinley but not President Clinton

Why is that?

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    $\begingroup$ Don't forget to mark the proper answer as correct. $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2018 at 17:05

3 Answers 3


"Is Grandpa right?"

Yes! He IS "right"!


He does not like LEFT-HANDED people.
He may have sinistrophobia, a fear of left-handed people.

All the people he likes are right handed. Those he dislikes are "lefties".

Bill Gates, Bill Clinton and Prince William are all left handed.

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    $\begingroup$ Way to go Astrabee. Grandpa needs to remember that although they are Left Handed but they are always right! $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jun 26, 2018 at 15:01
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    $\begingroup$ Well that's fine, Grandpa. I guess I don't like you either... $\endgroup$ Jun 27, 2018 at 12:37

Your grandpa:

Doesn't generally like people called "Bill". Bill is short for William, so Bill Gates, Prince William and President Bill Clinton all share that name.

I believe this is because:

He loves money and the US economy! "Bills" represent outgoing money. But both Harry and Warren contain the letters "arr" which in financial terms refers to accounting rate of return, or profit.

The exception being:

He "prefers" President William McKinley to Bill Clinton, possibly because given the choice of two presidents both called William he likes the one that goes by "Bill" less?

Or maybe he makes an exception for McKinley because of his famous "McKinley Tariff" which was supposed to boost the American economy by limiting foreign imports. Bill Clinton's economic policy was the opposite of McKinley's in this regard - he set up the North American Free Trade Agreement which promotes trade outside the USA. Also President McKinley had as Vice President Garret Hobart who also has "arr" in his name.

  • $\begingroup$ You are missing a very simple fact $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jun 26, 2018 at 11:59
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM Okay - one overarching fact? Am I on the right lines? $\endgroup$
    – Astralbee
    Jun 26, 2018 at 12:26
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    $\begingroup$ Every word of the puzzle tells you something? Right? $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jun 26, 2018 at 12:27
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    $\begingroup$ Even though I can see that htis is not the correct answer, the first part at least is a pretty convincing thing they all have in common. I would suggest that this would be even better riddle if such a coincidence was avoided. $\endgroup$
    – J.E
    Jun 27, 2018 at 10:37
  • $\begingroup$ J E That is the point. William or Bill on one side only would make it very obvious answer. So I put a William on the other side. $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jun 27, 2018 at 15:03

Grandpa likes...

Peoples whose initials are in Reverse Alphabetical Order.

Warren Buffet vs Bill Gates:

W. (23rd letter) B. (2nd letter) vs B. (2nd letter) G. (7th letter)

Prince Harry vs Prince William

P. (16) H. (8) vs P. (16) W. (23)

President McKinley vs President Clinton

William McKinley vs Bill Clinton
W.MK. (23,13,11) vs B. C. (2,3)

So, he likes

The alphabet to read from Right to Left

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    $\begingroup$ I thought this too, but why are the Princes' titles included but not the Presidents'? $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2018 at 13:12
  • $\begingroup$ @EightAndAHalfTails Because a dynastic house doesn't technically have a surname? They are "Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, of the House of Windsor" and "Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, of the House of Windsor", not "Harry Windsor, Duke of Sussex" and "William Windsor, Duke of Cambridge". Even then, you have the argument based on their Dukedom's - is it "William Windsor", or "William Cambridge"? But, it's definitely "Bill Clinton, former President of the United States" $\endgroup$ Jun 26, 2018 at 13:25
  • $\begingroup$ Then did he like him when he was President Clinton but dislike him when he switched back to Bill Clinton? $\endgroup$
    – smci
    Jun 26, 2018 at 21:30
  • $\begingroup$ Both Harry Windsor + William Windsor and Harry Sussex + William Cambridge would clash with the concept, though. $\endgroup$
    – Egor Hans
    Jun 27, 2018 at 8:39

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