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|Bills and coins||BACON|
|Play on words||BUN|
|Wind or tread||BUTTER|
|Frozen waffle brand||GRITS|
|WWI’s Red ___||HAM|
Well, that’s what you would expect of new writers…
With cases at highs as never before, 2021 started dim,
But here’s what I wrote, a hunt full of puzzles, on a wh___.
I picked up new hobbies, in a quarantine cliché,
Watercolored some flowers, and even tried to croch___.
I play with my cat, to try to restore, what’s left of my mental energy,
Lest I lie all day and all night, on my bed in leth___.
Though it may seem, there isn’t much reason to yell yay or hurray,
But all of my friends, and family too, they’re healthy and ok___!
And although, of jobs I have none, I try not to stew in dismay,
At least I’ll get my vaccine (in a few days) through publix ___ M___.
2020, what a year to live through.
At movies, bars, and clubs, there’s no longer a ___.
I used to commute from Alewife to Braintree,
But now I work from home. I don’t need the ___.
Going inside without masks, now considered a sin,
Forget going to restaurants, you should only stay ___.
New year and vaccines, I’ll celebrate with Henny,
I have hopes and dreams, do you have ___?
Back aches, feel old ___d.
Cup my hot mug, sip some ___.
Breathe out, a big s___.
Writing these poems, what a toil and trouble,
I will not write twice, that’d make my worries ___ –
This is the last poem we’ll give ___, of that I’ll make sure.
THOU HE BALK “REMOVER”
GS1 → M20
ALA → SOM → THS → THB
C14 → SOI → WAR → ZNR
FRF → WAR → M21
ALA → ROE → KTK → DTK → M19 → WAR
Boy, they sure pick some weird people sometimes…
Apparently, he really preferred offense planning (12)
Character on a popular Netflix drama (3)
Do Bunsen & Beaker count… or is it just non-fictional ones? (2)
Famous dreamer (4)
Finally, me! What… it’s not me? (2)
Five missions away from winning 2 Oscars! (6)
Former leader of Saudi Arabia (5)
Healy painting (14)
Nonstop flier from NYC to Paris (7)
Olympic chairman in the 80s (2)
One who rallies for a good cause! (7)
Poor, poor planet… (5)
Powerful woman who is cynophobic (2)
She’s married to the first second gentleman (12)
Still don’t know why he dropped the the (1)
These avengers really went viral! (11)
These fine people were named after a parable (12)
This guy is definitely in his Prime! (3)
This is CNN…’s founder. (5)
Those who would die in “A Quiet Place” (8)
Vietnam commander (9)
Who gets the estate? (8)
Whom Chris, Zoe, Dave, Vin and Bradley portray, for short (9)
(Not a puzzle)