Last week’s puzzle had four long entries in a pinwheel shape, but since you were looking for a five-letter answer, the central across entry (longer, at 7 letters, than anything else in the grid) was also part of it. I’ll let the picture do the talking:
As you can see above, the grid had entries that, with -er added to the end (sort of like in the puzzle’s title), were synonyms of the five theme entries: FRUSTRATION = ANG(ER), GREASY SPOON = DIN(ER), PITFALL = DANG(ER), HOLY FEAST = EAST(ER), MARIJUANA = REEF(ER). The initials of these five shorter entries, in grid order, spell the very thematically appropriate animal ADDER.
Up next is puzzle #42, “Connect the Dots.”
Okay, technical difficulties maybe surmounted, here it is? –
The answer to the metapuzzle is a figure from Greek mythology. Submit your answer using the contact form by Monday, December 30 at 11 p.m. Pacific Time. I’ll post the solution, and a new puzzle, next Tuesday. Merry Christmas!