Wordy Wednesday 287: Touchword 12

PENT WORDS 57 (answer)
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Bryce Herdt **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Tina Martin **

SECTION SIX 28 (hint)
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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  Notorious American gangster Al / A region in China / Smallest member of a litter
2  Blade on the end of a rifle’s muzzle / Get in the way of
3  Marshy wetland / Scourge / Light fixture attached to a wall
4  Hide, in a way / Former Italian soccer player Antonio
5  Burn / Amusing short story
6  “Who’s buried in Grant’s ____?” / Tallinn’s country / Portal
7  A Greek city / Former UN Secretary-General Annan / A knight’s defensive covering
8  Musical comedy about missionaries in Uganda: 4 wds.
9  Grass eaten by pandas / Hoopla
10 1942 Disney flick / Rogue / Lead singer of The Police
11 Simpson who became the Duchess of Windsor / Waterproof canvases used for protection / Publicly execute, perhaps
12 Trounce / Ripped apart / “____ on you!”
13 ____ is Missing! (1993 video game) / Certain wading bird / Domesticated
14 Like some vows / What a football game goes into when there’s a tie score after the fourth quarter
15 Per ____ / One unrestrained by morals

* What mathematician is the namesake of a test?
* Patron Puzzle #60, which will be delivered exclusively to Patreon supporters ($5 or more per month), is a Snake Crisscross.

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