I can never figure out why Grandpa likes and dislikes a lot of things, But sports?

He likes Tennis but not Field Hockey

He likes Football but not Baseball

He likes Squash but not Bowling

He likes _____eball but not _____

Fill in the blanks and tell me why

Note: While there could be several solutions for the blanks, only one solution for the why (at least as he told me). And yes, the "e" in the first blank is there in the word. Second blank does not have a restriction.


I think (thanks to @Cashbee for their partial solution — go upvote their answer!)

Grandpa likes Dodgeball but not Cricket

This is because

Tennis balls, Footballs, Squash balls, and Dodgeballs are all filled with air; to the best of my knowledge, Field Hockey balls, Baseballs, Bowling balls, and Cricket balls are not.

  • $\begingroup$ Still have to say why? $\endgroup$ – DEEM Sep 26 '18 at 13:44
  • $\begingroup$ Ignore my comment please $\endgroup$ – DEEM Sep 26 '18 at 13:46
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM is this correct or should I keep thinking? :) $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Sep 26 '18 at 16:38
  • $\begingroup$ Correct it is. There is another solution also. $\endgroup$ – DEEM Sep 26 '18 at 16:51
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM Out of curiosity, would rot13(qbqtronyy ohg abg tbys) be valid as well, or is there another aspect I'm missing? $\endgroup$ – Lord Farquaad Sep 26 '18 at 17:21

Partial answer:

He likes dodgeball but not ____
Because I cannot find another sport ending in __eball (except baseball but grandpa already said he doesn't like that). There are plenty of words like fireball, eyeball but they are no sport.

  • $\begingroup$ No no. The second blank has NO "e" $\endgroup$ – DEEM Sep 26 '18 at 13:43
  • $\begingroup$ @DEEM I never said that. my partial answer is only about the first blank $\endgroup$ – Kaspar Scherrer Sep 26 '18 at 13:44

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