Grandpa likes iron skillets but not aluminum pans

He likes m&m but not just "m"

He likes Michigan but not Georgia

Why is that?


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likes the number 26, but superstitiously dislikes the number 13.

The three examples:

Iron has atomic number 26, while Aluminum's is 13.
m&m's letter positions sum is 26, and m is the 13th letter of the alphabet.
Michigan was admitted into the US as the 26th state, and Georgia was the 13th of the colonies.

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    $\begingroup$ Bravo again @Tom. I was looking at what else had 26 13 combination. Turns out Latin alphabets are 26 and Hawaiian has 13! But would have been too obvious $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jul 25, 2019 at 12:23

With only three examples, this risks being too broad... One possible solution is that Grandpa likes:

Words/phrases with exactly two "holes" in them.

iron skillets (2) vs aluminum pans (3)
m&m (2) vs "m" (0)
Michigan (2) vs Georgia (4)

  • $\begingroup$ This is a good answer, although the tag is Knowledge and not Pattern — maybe that will help....? $\endgroup$
    – El-Guest
    Jul 25, 2019 at 4:27
  • $\begingroup$ Very good observation. It always amazes me that there are so many ways to look at these type of puzzles $\endgroup$
    – DrD
    Jul 25, 2019 at 12:24

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