As a detective trying to solve the mystery of the ‘Epic fails?‘ crossword clue, I began by breaking down the phrase into its components. I considered ‘epic‘ to mean something grand or significant, while ‘fails‘ referred to shortcomings or mistakes. With this in mind, I began searching for words or phrases that fit the pattern and conveyed a similar meaning. My thoughts turned to the idea of a road full of potholes– a common and frustrating experience for drivers around the world. The connection between epic and potholes came from the notion that something seemingly insignificant, like a small pothole, can have a big impact on our lives. As a result, my train of thought led me to the answer ‘plotholes‘, a clever play on the word potholes that encapsulated the essence of the clue. By following this thought process and making a connection between seemingly unrelated ideas, I was able to solve the mystery of the crossword clue and uncover the solution in an illuminating way.