Again I’m in a rush and will keep it short …
Last week’s puzzle featured six people – some pretty obscure! – with the last names GONZALES, GILMORE, HOWARD, LUCIANO, McCALLA, and GILLESPIE. Solvers noticed that there are others with these last names (some fictional, and one still somewhat obscure) whose first names or nicknames are adjectives that describe them (or ironically don’t.) Ordered and repeated to match the parenthetical numbers in the clues, the first letters of those adjectives – Curly, Happy, Irish, Lucky, Dizzy, Irish (again), Speedy, Happy (again) – spelled out CHILDISH suggesting our meta answer Donald Glover, whose musical stage name is CHILDISH GAMBINO.
Reactions were in some sense mixed – some felt that Irish McCalla was not well-known enough, and that her nickname also stuck out because it doesn’t end in Y and/or is a nationality rather than a character trait or physical attribute – but as I said I’m in a hurry so I’ll leave it there.
The answer to the metapuzzle is a six-letter word. Submit you answer using the contact form by Monday, September 9 at 11 p.m. Pacific Time. I’ll post the solution, and a new puzzle, next Tuesday.