Wordy Wednesday 104: Touchword

It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Edderiofer He **
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Punjit Sharma *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Yossi Fendel **
yyw **

As of this writing, 8 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your solutions 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!

This puzzle was written for patron M. Sean Molley, who supports me at the $20+ level on Patreon and is therefore entitled to suggest one word or phrase every month for me to incorporate into a puzzle. His March 2016 suggestion is used here.

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 Academy Award-winning supporting actor from Bridge of Spies: 2 wds. / “Just Like Jesse James” singer
2 TV series starring Tony Shalhoub / Actor Cole Sprouse's twin brother / Some electronic dance music
3 Sharpened / “Electric Avenue” singer Eddy / Dirty movie
4 It's better than a triple / “Act your age!”: 2 wds. / Cookie that's the subject of the song “The White Stuff” by Weird Al
5 Item in a Cinco de Mayo celebration, perhaps / Cowards
6 Drools / Original first name of a certain boxer
7 A farmer's hard-working son, possibly / Post-injury mark / Like expired milk
8 Hunt sneakily / It grows in a bed / Wild swine
9 Singer Lisa Marie / Originate (from) / Make a donkey-like sound
10 “Beware the ____ of March” / Descendant of Jacob's third son / Full of cheer, as on Christmas
11 Perfect / Not good / Sullies, as a reputation
12 Actor Malcolm-____ Warner / Uses a telephone / Dancing With the ____
13 Its capital is Kingston / ____ and lassies / Voice actress Strong
14 Absurd / “____ per aspera” (Kansas state motto): 2 wds. /
15 2004 first-person shooter published by Ubisoft: 2 wds. / The Price is Right model Amber

* What is the arboreal name of the professor from Pokémon Gold and Silver?

Until next time, yappy solving!

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