publication date: Monday, June 20, 2022 (part of Summer 2022)

category: Literature

clue: A sign meant to mock the president gave such a confidence boost to this autistic child that it inspired his mother to write a book.

explanation: When the Brundidge family vacationed in an area with "Let's Go Brandon" signs, the 9-year-old interpreted them as encouragement and did things that he was normally not brave enough to try. The resulting children's book Brandon Spots His Sign was covered in the press when it was released in April 2022. more…

intended difficulty: medium

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, LaVonne Lemler, Samir Mehta, Chris Lemler, and Richard Slominsky

Similar Goos

F.X. Toole

He's not something that a Hollywood CGI artist would use, but a movie studio did adapt his stories about boxing into an Oscar-winning film. Go »

Rick Riordan

The first of nearly 40 clues that this author was going to be a hit must have struck him like a stolen bolt of lightning. Go »

Josephine Johnson

Her depiction of the Dust Bowl won a Pulitzer, and she remains the youngest winner ever for fiction. Go »

Anne Rice

It only takes a minute to cook a vampire. Go »

John Grisham

His books are really designed to get clients to wear pelican underwear. Go »

Stephen King

A shining example of a stand in misery. Who's the king? Go »