"Oh boy, it's a boys-only party ! There'll be Jim, who never sleeps, and Jimmy, who's capable of anything. Charlie and Mike'll be there for sure, they're always so excited. And Nick... man, Nick just has that thing, you know, he's so fascinating! Sure, Andy can be a little cold (and let's not mention Bill...), Al is a little too loud sometimes -especially when he drinks too much with Big Boy Izzy-, but man, even Henry will be there, and we don't see him around much anymore ! Oh George, won't you come ?"

But George won't. Why ?

Hints :

As visualnotsobasic suggests in the comments. All names here refer to historical figures. All are men, including George. All these men had the same occupation. The names given are nicknames of their actual names.

  • $\begingroup$ Taking the first letter from the 1st, 3rd, 4th and 6th lines makes "oh bc" (bc stands for because) $\endgroup$
    – Yout Ried
    Commented Mar 3, 2019 at 21:50
  • $\begingroup$ Is the question in any way related to historical figures? $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 5, 2019 at 17:43
  • $\begingroup$ @visualnotsobasic yes $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Mar 5, 2019 at 19:53

2 Answers 2


This is related to

Physical units, and their historical namesakes

We have


James Prescott Joule (full of energy, never sleeps)


James Watt (has power to do anything?)


Charles Augustin de Coulomb


Michael Faraday


Nikola Tesla


Anders Celsius (a little cold)


William Thompson, Lord Kelvin (scale is often used for colder temperatures)


Alexander Graham Bell (as in decibel), who can be loud. (First suggestion: Alessandro Volta)


Isaac Newton


Heinrich Hertz (who is seen less frequently). (Prev answer: Unit of inductance, named after Joseph Henry, but he is known as Joe to the gang).

As to why George won't come

Georg Ohm is putting up too much...



  • $\begingroup$ Congratulations, this is in essence the right answer ! I feel like maybe you haven't used all the descriptions to get the correct men each time. For example (rot13)Urael vf Uregm orpnhfr "jr qba'g frr uvz nebhaq zhpu nalzber" ersref gb gur serdhrapl ng juvpu gur tnat frrf uvz. Al is wrong too. $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 13:09
  • $\begingroup$ I have had a second go at Al, and switched the alternative for Henry to be the answer $\endgroup$
    – Fillet
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 13:24
  • $\begingroup$ Everything is correct now ! $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 13:27
  • 1
    $\begingroup$ Thanks! Alternative punchline: George decided he'd rather... (rot13)fgnl ng Buz $\endgroup$
    – Fillet
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 13:35
  • $\begingroup$ (rot13)Buz-ltbfu... $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Mar 8, 2019 at 13:50

Because George is

either George Eliot, a.k.a. Mary Ann Evans, or George Sand, a.k.a. Amantine Lucile Aurore Dupin.  Both were (female) authors (George Eliot wrote Silas Marner) who used “George” as a pseudonym.

  • 2
    $\begingroup$ Intriguing idea, but it seems like this needs some explanation of (1) who all the others are, and (2) why "our" George should be either of those. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 2:36
  • $\begingroup$ Nice answer I actually thought of when writing this puzzle, but not the one I was expecting. I can confirm "our" George is indeed a man. Like Gareth says, all other names are important (although it's not necessary to "get" all of them to find why George won't come) $\endgroup$
    – Soltius
    Commented Mar 4, 2019 at 8:01

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