A FWOE is not the best way to start off one's week of reviews. I can claim jet lag as a mitigating factor, NON? Horace and I are just back from an EPIC trip seeing the ALPS, doing ALOTOF ESSEN, and experiencing other fun things.
I completed the grid in fairly short order. My problem, which took me forever to locate, was that I got *too* affectionate with the U.S. flag and called it OLe GLORY. For some reason, MOeS, as an informal name for Internet forum overseers, didn't throw up any red flags. I needed a PEEKOE the solution to CLEAR up such AMESS.
Today's theme clues contained titles of memoirs by First Ladies and their publication dates. The solver's job was to match the correct First Lady with the corresponding book title. The only title I knew right off the bat was "Becoming" (MICHELLEOBAMA), but given the theme, and the years in the rest of the clues, the others weren't too difficult.
I was entertained by the clue/answer twist "Ire" for ANGER; it's almost always t'other way 'round. I thought "Suitable for the country" (RUSTIC) was a good, slightly ambiguous clue for a Monday. I enjoyed PLUTO and NUBBLY, but GLUEY less so. I also noted real eggcess in the southeast where OVOID crossed OVUM.
I thought AME (Inits. in some church names) was a little lame, but otherwise there's really not a LOTTO to complain about. Except, of course, my self-created TANGOS. Thank OVENS I have a few more days this week to try to redeem myself.