My latest rant comes curtesy of a four hour night and an inability to drop back off to sleep.
The culprit: Try and...
The solution: Try to...
and as a preposition signals a simple list composed of possibly totally unrelated ideas or actions (especially true in the hands of incompetent writers or fuzzy thinking adherents.)
(item/action/thought #1), and (item/action/thought #2).
ex. walk and talk (He/she can't walk and talk at the same time.)
What follows try in good writing is the item/action/thought the thinker/writer/speaker wants to try out/execute/succeed in.
"I don't want to try and fail. I want to try harder. I want to try to succeed."
To check an example, put in the [to] understood that is normally omitted. (not [to] try and [to] succeed.) If it sounds dumb, it is.
How dumb is he/she? He can't walk and chew gum at the same time.