As a detective, the puzzle of the crossword clue ‘Pantheon of Norse gods’ seemed like an intriguing challenge to solve. My strategic thinking began with considering different options such as ‘Odin’, ‘Thor’, and ‘Loki’, as they are common and well-known figures from the Norse mythology. But as I delved deeper, I realized that this puzzle required me to think more critically. I started researching and discovered that the Norse mythological gods are classified into two major groups: Aesir and Vanir. As I was trying to fit five letters into the clue, I started considering the possibility of ‘Aesir’. Further searching confirmed my suspicion that Aesir was indeed the correct answer, consisting of Odin, Thor, and other Norse gods. In the end, my sharp logical reasoning and research-oriented approach led me to the solution of this mysterious crossword puzzle.