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Wordy Wednesday 199: Touchword 5

Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Anthony Bailey **
Cory Oldweiler **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
John Bulten *
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

As of this writing, 8 people have solved this puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

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In a crossword, words cross each other; in this puzzle, they merely touch. More specifically, every letter shares an edge with at least one identical letter either immediately above or immediately below. The top and bottom rows are considered adjacent. (You can think of it as a diagramless, cylindrical Share-A-Letter puzzle.)

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Eighth month / Event where prices are reduced / It's measured in points, usually
2 Mythological flying horse / "____, poor Yorick. . ." / Reset a scale to zero
3 Put the ____ to the metal / Lyft alternative / Charge
4 Center part / Cap which the painter Pokémon Smeargle appears to be wearing / Hit the ____ (go to bed)
5 Mentality / Cookie trademark / Citizen Kane’s Rosebud, for one
6 Restaurant offering / Buddhist's goal / Eyed greedily
7 A Gorgon / Video game where Luigi, Yoshi, and pals compete on the links: 2 wds.
8 Word in statements of the congruency of two numbers / Very long-legged red-and-black canine: 2 wds.
9 Emulate a mountaintop singer, perhaps / Muscat is its capital / ____ Scissorhands
10 Time long past / ____ bean / Clouded ____
11 Hoisting machine with tine-like fingers / Moving in a circular path
12 Word before "medicine" or "music" / Winnow / Nada
13 Egg parts / Curling ____ / Timon of ____
14 Dairy product with culture? / Pick-up artists, for example
15 Presage / British streetcar / Repeat performance

* What's a 5-letter word for "Sana'a is its capital"?

Submit your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com. Until next time, keep on living, and yappy solving!

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