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Wordy Wednesday 332: Touchword 15

PENT WORDS 66 (answer)
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Cindy Heisler **
Joe Bernard **
Mark Ballinger **
Eric Maddy **
Kevin Orfield **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
Stephen Potter **

CHESS WORDS 4 (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.

Arrange the letters in the shaded spaces to form the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1  It’s often played with a doubling cube / Big name in electronic keyboards
2  Place for serving alcoholic beverages / Soft leather shoe
3  Small donkey / Chau of the CW series Supernatural, or a character in Shakespeare’s Hamlet / Castrated rooster
4  Allocates funds / Talk show hostess Kelly / “Once ____ a time. . .”
5  Evade / Pie relative / Very poor person
6  Mafia leaders / Certain spans of geologic time / More irritable
7  Thick / Areas of erupted skin lesions / Hue
The Sixth ____ (1999 horror film) / Stamen part / Daily Planet reporter Clark
____ York (1941 film about World War I hero Alvin York) / Most dismal
10 One thousand dollars, slangily / Enthusiastic / Take into custody
11 Croft of the Tomb Raider games / Compute a quotient / Complete garbage
12 ____ Lost (John Milton poem) / Subject of many a Jeff Foxworthy one-liner
13 Word following “couch” or “sweet” / Tom of Mystery Science Theater 3000 / Necessitate
14 Cuff often injured by baseball pitchers / Ate up greedily
15 Place littered with stones and greenery: 2 wds. / Bizarre cabinet item

* What's a 6-letter word for "Music to Be Murdered By rapper"?

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