Monday, May 3, 2021

Monday, May 3, 2021, Ross Trudeau

A FEEFIFOFUn theme today, in which a "Fairy tale chant from a giant" is made from the tail bones of four theme answers. The full answers conjured up in my mind something of a modern tale in which a traveler, perhaps en route from SFO to AGRA, orders an ICEDCOFFEE to sip while making use of the AIRPORTWIFI, which naturally doesn't work, causing said traveler to make a wandering PATH through the various shops. The traveler ends up buying a current magazine that promises all THEINSIDEINFO and a bottle of duty-free EAUDEPARFUM for a special someone and lives happily ever after. Before the MYTHBUSTERS get all in a MIFF, they should realize I'm just bean stalking. 


I enjoyed the puzzle's two shout outs to Boston: its Liberty Tree (ELM) and the DANA-Farber Cancer Institute. ONEA always reminds me of "It's a Wonderful Life." I liked "Part of a bird or museum" (WING). DEFT is a good word. My favorite clue today: "Whopper junior?" (FIB) - ha!

And they all lived happily ever after.


  1. Well, this is a cautionary tale of what happens when one is not fully engaged. I filled in the grid paying only partial attention, it told me at the end about my one erroneous cell, which I spent a minute+ scanning for before giving up and clicking the 'Show Me' button or whatever it is (and poof, there goes my 'winning streak'). Turns out I had DISC not DISK in the lower left, and therefore BANC not BANK, which I'd like to blame on my Quebecois heritage but really was nothing more than carelessness. Sigh. Back to the drawing board tomorrow!

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  3. I'll write my time for today (6:05), not because it's anything to CROW over or BRAG about, but only because it's a bit slower than tomorrow's (you'll have to wait for that one). Odd that they'd have SFO right above the "FO" of FEEFIFOFUM, and that they'd have it at all since it's not part of the official theme. I liked APRIORI crossing AIRPORTWIFI (which I normally use only to download the paper as needed). CRAPO; that's a funny name.

  4. Oh really, I know that Tar Hells aren't in California. So I guess I'm also in the "careless" crowd with Finished With One Error on UsC/DAsA