Naming Rights

· By Wendy Walker · Published 2023-05-21T12:01:17.234Z

Meta Prompt
The meta answer could be a sixth theme entry.
As an avid reader, an English major, and a writer and copy editor by trade, I've long thought that the topic of author names would make a splendid meta. Odds are good you'll need to do some Googling, but if you keep the title in mind, the meta shouldn't be too tough. Here's hoping you enjoy it! Nudges to come later in the day (possibly not within the customary two hours; I'm on vacation, after all!). Yes, of course there will be a relevant prize. Thanks to Peter Abide and Al Sisti for all their help and encouragement.
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  • boharr 2s · 2023-05-21T12:46:13.517Z
    Nice one
    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:33:38.853Z
      Thanks, Bob!
    • Meg 2s · 2023-05-21T13:30:12.202Z
      Very nice! Thanks, Wendy.
      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:33:28.257Z
        So glad you enjoyed it, Meg!
      • KayW 🤓5:18 · 2023-05-21T14:18:20.070Z
        Very clever!! Yes I had to google a few but excellent and fun metanism. Congrats on a fantastic solo debut!
        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:33:14.199Z
          That is so nice of you, Kay! Thanks!
        • Qmark 3s · 2023-05-21T14:20:53.397Z
          Fun puzzle...enjoyed the meta...thanks Wendy!
          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:32:56.613Z
            Really glad you enjoyed it. Thanks!
          • michaelm 🤓12:33 · 2023-05-21T14:39:08.845Z
            The cat is out of the hat! Mucho Googling… Thanks Wendy!
            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:32:42.893Z
              Not as much Googling as I needed to find somebody ending in a "U"! Thanks for solving!
            • MatthewL 🤓5:33 · 2023-05-21T14:29:36.037Z
              Very clever! Thanks Wendy (if that is your real name)!
              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:32:13.661Z
                Haha! Thanks for the kind words!
              • whimsy 11:07 · 2023-05-21T15:16:56.226Z
                Wonderful way to start your puzzle constructing, Wendy! Just delightful!
                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:31:59.101Z
                  Really glad you enjoyed it!
                • Hector 2s · 2023-05-21T17:41:38.325Z
                  Very well done, thanks!
                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:31:47.257Z
                    Thank you, Hector!
                  • ajk 🤓4:29 · 2023-05-21T18:17:40.936Z
                    Fun stuff, thanks! Lol @ 5D5DUnit of molecular mass[---] which is a word I use frequently but almost never see the full abbreviation, so it stumped me (people use kD informally). Read the nudge and thought 'yeah, I was doing that but getting nowhere' and then I finally applied it the correct way :D
                    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:31:34.549Z
                      Bob Cruise Director is astonished that I actually knew a science term.
                    • ReB 4s · 2023-05-21T18:00:53.667Z
                      Time to celebrate with green eggs and ham! Good Sunday appetizer.
                      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:31:07.217Z
                        Thanks, Bob!
                      • Schmeel 🤓4:54 · 2023-05-21T19:35:33.091Z
                        Great puzzle! It took me a couple of minutes to sort out my rights, but then I saw it straight away. Thanks!
                        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:30:59.703Z
                          Glad you enjoyed it, Schmeel!
                        • Laura M 8:09 · 2023-05-21T19:50:58.662Z
                          Nice! I was very confused by 1A1AAuthor of "A Grief Observed" (1961)[-----] though because the pseudonym didn't show up (easily) in Google.
                          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:30:45.691Z
                            Yes, that is why I specified the years in the clues. In later editions he published it under his real name!
                          • woozy 🤓8:58 · 2023-05-21T20:08:58.967Z
                            Oh, very charming. And not too obvious.
                            • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:30:04.579Z
                              Thanks, Woozy!
                            • Bird Lives 5s · 2023-05-21T23:38:10.660Z
                              On the 21st of May, in a nondescript room, A Muggle sat wondering about noms de plume He said to himself once he’d Googled them all, A meta’s a meta, no matter how small.
                              • Berto 🤓2:40 · 2023-05-22T02:35:41.735Z
                                Well I learnt something from that! Thank you, Wendy!
                                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:29:50.189Z
                                  Glad you enjoyed it! Thanks for the kind words!
                                • emmie 4:05 · 2023-05-22T16:10:38.371Z
                                  So fun!
                                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:29:27.789Z
                                    Thank you!
                                  • DrTom 4s · 2023-05-22T18:15:39.468Z
                                    Nice foray into the meta world Miss Wendy! I am ashamed to admit this one gave me some trouble because I went with the First letter of the "real" author's name which gave me nothing, then the pseudonym first letter, nothing. I was trying all kinds of things when I said to myself "Tom if you has "Rights" or "What's Left" or something like that in one of your titles, what would it mean?" Of course then I promptly tried it on the last name of the "pseudo" author and FINALLY, the last of the real name. In truth I did not have to go too far because when I saw the last two letters were SS I thought of the most famous Pen Name I knew of. Turns out I had seen it in a book, I'd even seen it in a Nook, now knowing just where I must look I saw the path and it I took (Oh, am I going to get flagged for "and it I took" ...sentence structure, sentence structure, sentence structure.)
                                    • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:34:24.225Z
                                      Good job, Tom! Thanks for solving!
                                    • Tyrpmom 2s · 2023-05-22T20:05:09.025Z
                                      How long did it take to find the U?
                                      • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-22T20:29:15.599Z
                                        That was the toughest part of the puzzle, believe me!
                                      • Mwoychick 9:23 · 2023-05-22T21:39:17.086Z
                                        Great puzzle - thanks, Wendy! I was stuck for a while because I had "Monk" as the author name instead of Hulse - when I got that part right, it all came together
                                        • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T11:18:05.528Z
                                          Thank you, Mark!
                                        • kurtalert 🤓3:02 · 2023-05-22T21:25:20.561Z
                                          Awesome! Had to google all of their real names- not a big literature guy, I had no idea a few of these were pen names. Thanks!
                                          • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T11:19:00.549Z
                                            Thanks, Kurt! Believe me, I had to do a lot of Googling myself to find authors whose pseudonyms met the meta needs!
                                          • lbray53 2s · 2023-05-22T23:23:05.369Z
                                            Still trying to figure out 1A1AAuthor of "A Grief Observed" (1961)[-----].
                                            • ReB 4s · 2023-05-23T13:19:54.139Z
                                              C.S. Lewis originally published this book under the pseudonym N.W. Clerk, which was just a couple of years before his death. After his death, the book was republished under Lewis's own name and continues to be so identified up to the present. I was not aware of Lewis's using a pseudonym for this book until this meta.
                                              • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-24T11:20:24.783Z
                                                Hi Lbray53, I didn't realize that he published it under a pseudonym, either -- but was very glad he did because he gave me another letter I needed. It's also a wonderful book.
                                                • lbray53 2s · 2023-05-24T23:15:43.068Z
                                                  Great puzzle. Hoping for more from you.
                                              • Julie bookworm 🤓8:34 · 2023-05-27T03:15:29.407Z
                                                Wow, I got off to the wrong start on 1A1AAuthor of "A Grief Observed" (1961)[-----] because the real author's name fit the length and I has no idea he'd first published pseudonymously! Managed to back up and get the grid correctly without Google, but definitely needed search help on the meta. Great mechanism! 😍
                                                • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-05-27T23:10:39.046Z
                                                  Thanks, Julie -- glad you solved!
                                                • HeadinHome 🤓3:32 · 2023-06-01T01:27:43.211Z
                                                  so fun! how did I miss this one last week?
                                                  • Wendy Walker constructor · 2023-06-02T12:54:25.379Z
                                                    Thanks, Wendy! I had two puzzles in a row -- this SSS and the "Postcards From the Edge" MMM the very next day!
                                                  Author of "A Grief Observed" (1961)
                                                  1. 1A
                                                    Author of "A Grief Observed" (1961)
                                                  2. 6A
                                                    Sitar selections
                                                  3. 11A
                                                    Put a spell on
                                                  4. 12A
                                                    Slogan in an old Microsoft ad campaign
                                                  5. 13A
                                                    Health insurance company
                                                  6. 14A
                                                    Author of "A Sudden, Fearful Death" (1994)
                                                  7. 15A
                                                    One of the First Nations in Canada
                                                  8. 16A
                                                    With "in," fix a temporary date
                                                  9. 17A
                                                    Tricky surfboard maneuver
                                                  10. 19A
                                                  11. 20A
                                                    When the sun rises
                                                  12. 21A
                                                    Ground corn flour
                                                  13. 22A
                                                    Author of "Dr. Phillips: A Maida Vale Idyll" (1877)
                                                  14. 24A
                                                    Tennis player Arthur
                                                  15. 27A
                                                    2013 Lady Gaga album
                                                  16. 31A
                                                    ___ Omega (sorority)
                                                  17. 32A
                                                    Site of Berkshire Hathaway's HQ
                                                  18. 33A
                                                    Show logical consistency
                                                  19. 35A
                                                    Dies ____
                                                  20. 36A
                                                    Author of "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" (1876)
                                                  21. 37A
                                                  22. 38A
                                                    ___ Cold Brew, trendy coffee drink
                                                  23. 39A
                                                    Yogurt-based Indian condiment
                                                  24. 40A
                                                  25. 41A
                                                    Author of "Middlemarch" (1872)
                                                  1. 1D
                                                    Dance mentioned in "Copacabana"
                                                  2. 2D
                                                  3. 3D
                                                  4. 4D
                                                  5. 5D
                                                    Unit of molecular mass
                                                  6. 6D
                                                    Mature, as a pear
                                                  7. 7D
                                                    "I'll say!"
                                                  8. 8D
                                                    Cherry ___ ice cream
                                                  9. 9D
                                                    When Earth Days and Tax Days occur
                                                  10. 10D
                                                    ____ and Charybdis
                                                  11. 16D
                                                    Pseudonym, of which there are five in this grid
                                                  12. 18D
                                                    Defunct airline of the Big Four
                                                  13. 21D
                                                    Like unicorns and manticores
                                                  14. 23D
                                                    Top part of a swimsuit
                                                  15. 24D
                                                    Info req. for any banking transaction
                                                  16. 25D
                                                    Lead to the correct room
                                                  17. 26D
                                                    Pieces of most drum kits
                                                  18. 28D
                                                  19. 29D
                                                    Acting without much thought
                                                  20. 30D
                                                    Sneak a look toward
                                                  21. 32D
                                                    "Ready ____, here I come!"
                                                  22. 34D
                                                    Emerald Isle
                                                  23. 37D