Inspired by @DEEM's amazing Grandpa Puzzles, I decided to make my own (ran out of ideas for the title so I just picked James Bond)


So, one day you meet the famous James Bond and since you are a huge fan, you asked him the things that he liked and didn't like. Surprisingly, he said this :

I like to lead, but I don't like the number 2

I like bears, but I don't like knights

I like to be mean, but for some odd reason, I don't like the sun

I like to lie to others, but I don't like to be frank

So, what is the reason behind his liking and disliking of random things?

Note :

Will give more examples as hints in the future

  • If Cashbee's answer is correct, I would like to point out that (rot13) yrnq - ryrzrag Co naq yrq ner ubzbcubarf fb ur fubhyqa'g yvxr yrnq. – Keeta Sep 14 at 14:40
  • Well, that wasn't intended really :D – Kevin L Sep 15 at 6:52
up vote 10 down vote accepted

James Bond likes

Homographs

and dislikes

Homophones

Because

lead, bears, mean, lie - are all homographs, while 2 (to), knights (nights), sun (son) and frank (Frank) are homophones. Homographs have multiple meanings, and James Bond likes them because he doesn't like to be frank :)

  • Well, you are right but are you sure your explanation is correct :) – Kevin L Sep 14 at 8:14
  • Lol, you're missing something small yet quite big :D – Kevin L Sep 14 at 8:46
  • Yes, you are stretching very far away and your hunch is correct :D – Kevin L Sep 14 at 8:59
  • Gonna give u a small hint : Don't forget to check meanings...what can I possibly be talking about? – Kevin L Sep 14 at 9:01
  • @KevinL Does your refusal have something to do with rot(Ubzbalzf if Ubzbcubarf) – F.Carette Sep 14 at 9:25

Another try. I think James Bond likes

Words that can be anagrammed that is not a plural?

Proof

lead -> deal,bears -> saber,mean -> name,lie -> lei (lei: a Polynesian garland of flowers)

number two,knights,frank can't be anagrammed, sun -> nus but nus is a plural

  • Unfortunately, incorrect :D – Kevin L Sep 14 at 7:56
  • @KevinL Please add more words that disqualify this rule. (Lol, noticed my rep is 2,018) – u_ndefined Sep 14 at 7:58
  • Will do :D Nice reputation (will upvote so that it becomes 2023 lol) :) – Kevin L Sep 14 at 7:59
  • Still not the answer :) – Kevin L Sep 14 at 8:38
  • What about "tow"? – Acccumulation Sep 14 at 17:07

Possibly

He likes words that have 2 (or more) meanings/ambiguity.
Lead, bear, mean and lie all have more than 1 meaning
The number 2, knights, sun and frank(?) are all concrete concepts

  • 1
    Close but not correct :D – Kevin L Sep 14 at 8:14

I think he likes

Friends and enemies, allies and foes

But not

help or fights, wars or conflicts

That's because he likes

words with two vowels next to each other

  • Welcome T Dude! nice answer! – SteveV Sep 14 at 15:57
  • Interesting answer but unfortunately incorrect :D – Kevin L Sep 15 at 6:53

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