Solution to Intersecting Personalities

Author: Seth Bisen-Hersh

First, identify the actors:

  • Alice Ghostley
  • Bernadette Peters
  • Britt Robertson
  • Dan Byrd
  • Emilie de Ravin
  • Felicity Huffman
  • Ginnifer Goodwin
  • Jack Davenport
  • Jason Bateman
  • Jean Smart
  • Jennifer Lien
  • Judith Light
  • Julie Bowen
  • Krysten Ritter
  • Mary Tyler Moore
  • Matthew Perry
  • Peter Krause
  • Sarah Hyland
  • Scott Patterson
  • Shelley Berman
  • Shiri Appleby
  • Tim Russ
  • Tina Majorino
  • Valerie Harper
  • Zosia Mamet

Then, notice that all of them have been featured on tv shows with at least one other... Next, notice that some of these tv shows are anagrammed below with an extra letter:

SmashIAh miss
Lipstick JungleIEpic killing juts
Life UnexpectedTExceed left input
Designing WomenTGinseng downtime
Big LoveIGive boil
Gilmore GirlsUGrislier mogul
Cougar TownIGrow auction
Ugly BettySGuy belt sty
Chicago SonsIIconic hog ass
Aliens in AmericaTInertial amnesiac
Modern FamilyNManly informed
SwingtownHNth sown wig
PhenomWOwn hemp
ParenthoodAPanda hooter
RhodaGRad hog
ValerieNReal vine
The West WingOShowing tweet
Veronica MarsTStorm variance
Once Upon a TimeTTau omnipotence
Sports NightNThong sprints
Star Trek: VoyagerETry average stroke
BewitchedWWe ditch web
Samantha Who?SWoman has hats?

Next, reorder the people in a circle with the common show linking them.

Judith LightPhenomW
Jennifer LienStar Trek: VoyagerE
Tim RussSamantha Who?S
Jean SmartDesigning WomenT
Alice GhostleyBewitchedW
Shelley BermanChicago SonsI
Jason BatemanValerieN
Valerie HarperRhodaG
Mary Tyler MooreLipstick JungleI
Sarah HylandModern FamilyN
Julie BowenLostS
Emilie de RavinOnce Upon a TimeT
Ginnifer GoodwinBig LoveI
Tina MajorinoVeronica MarsT
Krysten RitterGilmore GirlsU
Scott PattersonAliens in AmericaT
Dan ByrdCougar TownI
Matthew PerryThe West WingO
Felicity HuffmanSports NightN
Peter KrauseParenthoodA
Zosia MametGirlsL
Shiri ApplebyLife UnexpectedT
Britt RobertsonSwingtownH
Jack DavenportSmashI
Bernadette PetersUgly BettyS

Read off the extra letters from the anagrams, and that spells out WEST WING INSTITUTIONAL THIS... which clues the episode Institutional MEMORY... and MEMORY is the answer!