This puzzle's straight from the "Write What You Know" file. Who went off the rails this holiday season? That's right, this guy. It started back around Thanksgiving when I was having my fifth slice of pecan pie in about 24 hours. Tabitha pulled my shirt up, pointed to my belly, and then burst out laughing. That pretty much set the tone for the next month. BEQ tried to eat food guilt-free; Tabitha laughed at my physique. Anyway, I plan to lose the weight the old fashioned way: by no longer eating holiday-related pastries.
Also from the "Write What You Know" file: my favorite album from last year was by 1-Across. It's good stuff. And now you know.
Last reminder: The holiday drive ends tonight at midnight. If you still want the bonus Sunday-sized themeless puzzle, there's still time. A $10 tip or more keeps the site running smoothly. There's no pressure to tip for the site will always be free. Repeat: there will never be a paywall or required subscription to do (at least) two puzzles a week on this site. Whether you can tip or not, I'll still be making these puzzles for your enjoyment. But if you can tip, I'll be your best friend forever. And you'll get the aforementioned Sunday-sized bonus themeless puzzle. Plus one randomly selected donor will receive a copy of a copy of my latest book "Sex, Drugs & Rock 'n' Roll Crosswords," as well as a subscription to Fireball Crosswords. But you gotta do it before midnight tonight, at which point I'll delete the bonus puzzle files. Thanks again to all who were able to give this go around.
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