Last week's contest puzzle, "Rinks," asked you to find a four-letter entry in the grid that would have made a good theme entry.
What were the actual theme entries? Well, there were four entries with numbers in brackets beside them:
SOAP OPERA (6)
JANELLE MONAE (7)
Each of those entries hides the name of a "rink" - a drink missing the letter D - and the number indicates the length of the rink:
So we're looking for a four-letter word that also hides a rink, and the answer is MEAN, which contains MEAD without the D. (I also would have accepted SORE, since RED can refer to a drink, but nobody submitted that.)
There were 45 correct submissions, and the randomly-chosen winner is Anna Gundlach, who receives a year's subscription to Bewilderingly. Congrats, Anna!