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Hopefully you are able to solve the questions and reveal the answer. Any constructive comments on this question would be appreciated. Hope you have fun:


1a. 0x53 0x4A Dr from Baker Street

1b. Previously myself, move towards drop off


2a. Also .-. . .-- Operator of a quern-stone

2b. Third most abundant element in the universe


3a. An unknown Doe with a large German glass drinks a Northern English stream.

3b. Belong to pests as well as fellas


4a. Motivation I think therefore quiver with what sounds like fear

4b. His majesty and left initial aside a wax-producing organ


5a. A single beam of light joined the first half of a Pit that was filled in.

5b. An object mischievously approaches

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling, great first question and thank you for contributing! $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Jun 6 '18 at 11:20
  • $\begingroup$ I added the word tag, indicating that the answer will be 1 or more words. $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jun 6 '18 at 11:29
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A literal approach gives these as clues to

a) authors and b) one of their works

1a. 0x53 0x4A Dr from Baker Street

SJ Watson [Ascii 0x53 0x4A gives SJ]

1b. Previously myself, move towards drop off

Before I Go To Sleep

2a. Also .-. . .-- .-.-.. .-.-.. Operator of a quern-stone

Andrew Miller [And (also) + Morse code (rew)] + Miller (grinds quern-stone)

2b. Third most abundant element in the universe

Oxygen

3a. An unknown Doe with a large German glass drinks a Northern English stream.

John Steinbeck [John (Doe) + Stein + beck (stream)]

3b. Belong to pests as well as fellas

Of mice and men

4a. Motivation I think therefore quiver with what sounds like fear

William Shakespeare [Will + I think therefore I am + Shake + spear sound

4b. His majesty and left initial aside a wax-producing organ

King Lear

5a. A single beam of light joined the first half of a Pit that was filled in.

Ray Bradbury [Ray + Brad(Pitt) + bury]

5b. An object mischievously approaches

Something Wicked This Way Comes

The final answer was found by, and see Glorfindel, for the wrap-up which is:

When you take the first letters of the works, the word BOOKS appears.

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    $\begingroup$ Dern it all, was this close when I saw the dreaded "There is 1 new answer to this post" message $\endgroup$ – Chowzen Jun 6 '18 at 11:02
  • $\begingroup$ All correct, did you also find a hidden answer? $\endgroup$ – 5202456 Jun 6 '18 at 11:24
  • $\begingroup$ I missed the final connection! (I had at first thought there would be - nice one - but didn't see a relation between the authors as they progressed, from different ages, so then thought maybe just some of your favourites.) It was fun answering and neat clues. $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 6 '18 at 11:30
  • $\begingroup$ @tom They were based on books that I enjoyed reading apart from King Lear which I had to read at school. Something Wicked This Way Comes i have read three times as well as most of his other stories. Thanks for giving this a go and your comments. $\endgroup$ – 5202456 Jun 6 '18 at 11:37
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@Tom answered all the questions (+1, well done!), but there's perhaps a final hidden answer.

When you take the first letters of the works:
1. Before I Go To Sleep
2. Oxygen
3. Of mice and men
4. King Lear
5. Something Wicked This Way Comes
the word BOOKS appears.

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  • $\begingroup$ It was intentional, but perhaps I should have phrased the question better with 'hidden answer'. Now a quandary, who do I mark as the correct answer! $\endgroup$ – 5202456 Jun 6 '18 at 11:23
  • $\begingroup$ I'm OK with @Tom adding this (with attribution) to his answer, so you can accept it; he did the lion's share of the work. $\endgroup$ – Glorfindel Jun 6 '18 at 11:27
  • $\begingroup$ Great spot (I missed that)! Thanks also for suggesting to add to the separate clues. $\endgroup$ – Tom Jun 6 '18 at 11:44

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