As a detective working on the mystery of the crossword clue ‘Subject of a 2001 bankruptcy‘, my mind was immediately drawn to major corporate bankruptcy cases of the early 2000s. I took note of the year mentioned in the clue, 2001, and narrowed my search to companies that faced bankruptcy during that time period. The word bankruptcy suggested financial issues, leading me to focus my search on businesses in the finance or energy sectors.
As I dug deeper, I recalled that 2001 was the year that the energy company Enron declared bankrupt, due in part to accounting fraud and corporate mismanagement. This realization led me to look closely at the letters provided and make a connection between the first three letters ‘ENR‘ and the name of the company. Ultimately, by combining my knowledge of corporate bankruptcies with the specific clues provided, I was able to decipher that the answer to the crossword clue was Enron.