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My eccentric aunt (not to be confused with Grandma or Silly Sally) likes some things but dislikes others:

  • She likes lunch but dislikes dinner.
  • She likes blue, but dislikes green.
  • She likes spicy things but dislikes pepper.
  • She likes rain, but dislikes drizzle.
  • She likes the ocean but dislikes salt water.
  • She likes animals but dislikes plants.
  • She likes goats, but dislikes horses.
  • She likes chipmunks, but dislikes squirrels.
  • She likes bugs, but dislikes insects.
  • She likes wine, but dislikes fermented fruit juice.
  • She likes celebratory events, but dislikes parties.

What, exactly, is it that she dislikes?

Hint 1:

She dislikes horses and grassy fields, but she despises polo.

Hint 2:

She dislikes every horse. She also dislikes lunches, blues, spiciness, and wines. She enjoys when it rains, and she likes oceans.

Hint 3

She dislikes bushes, but she truly despises trees. Similarly, she dislikes teeter-totters, but she despises seesaws.

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  • $\begingroup$ Does she dislike an individual singular horse, or only horses as a group? $\endgroup$ – Ertai87 Sep 11 '18 at 20:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Ertai87 If nobody gets the answer by midday tomorrow, I'll answer your question in another hint. (I'm trying to limit myself to one hint per day.) $\endgroup$ – plasticinsect Sep 11 '18 at 20:25
  • $\begingroup$ If I'm not wrong, all the statements except the last one follow the rule that she doesn't like things with two letters in them (Unlike Silly Sally, these letters can be anywhere in the word.) $\endgroup$ – Aryaman Sep 12 '18 at 11:09
  • $\begingroup$ @Aryaman plants and horses also defy that rule. $\endgroup$ – R.D Sep 12 '18 at 11:31
  • $\begingroup$ My mad. I guess I was being very silly. $\endgroup$ – Aryaman Sep 12 '18 at 11:36
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Does your eccentric aunt dislike

Words with consecutive letters close to each other on a keyboard?

That is:

dinner
green
pepper
drizzle
salt water
plants
horses
squirrels
insects
fermented fruit juice
parties

And

grassy fields
polo
horse
lunches
blues
spiciness
wines
bushes
trees
teeter-totters
seesaws

I guess your aunt would really hate REDRESSED ISSUES but much prefer PROBLEMS NOW CLEAR!

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  • $\begingroup$ personally I think TH doesn't count against your idea +1 $\endgroup$ – IT Alex Sep 13 '18 at 20:31
  • $\begingroup$ You have nailed it. (TH doesn't count) $\endgroup$ – plasticinsect Sep 13 '18 at 20:44
  • $\begingroup$ Great, updated to note! $\endgroup$ – Persona Sep 13 '18 at 20:53

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