This celebrity goo was created by player Erik Bates.
Scott Hardie made minor changes to the explanation provided by Erik.

publication date: Tuesday, May 4, 2021 (part of Spring 2021)

category: Literature

clue: A nursery rhyme inspired the title of this British author's smiling spy novel.

explanation: Le Carré is the author of Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, the title of which is a twist on a children's nursery rhyme which begins "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Sailor..." The protagonist of the novel is a character named George Smiley. more…

intended difficulty: medium

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

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