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Solution to Crowning Achievement


by Kevin Wald

Every clue in this puzzle references someone named Steve (a name derived ultimately from the Greek for "wreath" or "crown"). We have:

Clue no.ClueSteve ReferencedAnswer
1ARivera who was playing Aurora when he started hosting Showtime 81 blocks uptownHARVEYCHITA
6ASong on the Talladega Nights soundtrack along with three of hisEARLETNT
9AEncounter, as between his small-town girl and city boy on a midnight trainPERRYRUN-IN
10AEggs often eaten by someone homophonous with his wife Eydie's surnameLAWRENCEROE
11ASay, writing fifty songs a day for a week — and not to win a bet like he didALLENOBSESSIVE
13ADec. clock setting one zone west of where he manages the Red WingsYZERMANCST
14AWhat he was "Lookin' for" in a 2017 music videoEARLEWOMAN
15ANumber of issues in his Speedball seriesDITKOTEN
16A" Fou" (episode in which he portrayed Dante)VAN ZANDTAMOUR
19A"Humor social lubricant . . ." (from his How to be Funny)ALLENIS A
22ALike his turn as Vito in Jersey BoysSCHIRRIPACINEMATIC
24ADir. from Old Snydale to where he played rugger '76–'88QUINNESE
25AWhat his "Did I do that?" failed to do to blameURKELAVERT
26AGeo. term that became obs. just after his album The Hard Way came outEARLESSR
27AItems in the credits of his Reality Bites, Shattered Glass, etc.ZAHNNAMES
1DBeast he was the hunter ofIRWINCROC
2DCities like Dallas, where he shot hoops '98–'04NASHHUBS
3DKind of org. employing his love interest in Wonder Woman 1984TREVORINST
4DItem he wears on Family Feud and sells in his clothing lineHARVEYTIE
5DWith "The," the show his pre-Carnac questions-before-responses bit spoofed ALLENANSWER MAN
6DFeature of the German uniform he wore as a disguise in Wonder WomanTREVORTRIM
7DExplosion that his Escape From LA character might have supplied a map to?BUSCEMINOVA
8DWhat he was for most of Family Matters's runURKELTEEN
12DComposer David Nessim, to himLAWRENCESON
15DDay of the wk. after the night when his self-titled 1965 CBS variety show airedLAWRENCETUE
16DNamesakes of Carrey's character in that sequel he directedOEDEKERKACES
17DLittle Sunshine (2006 movie featuring him)CARELLMISS
18DWhat neither he nor the Golden State team he coaches is satisfied with?KERRONE R
19DHim and Sabina Beekman, for exampleFORBESITEM
20DHim, to BindiIRWINSIRE
21DHis character in The Blues Brothers books theseLAWRENCEACTS
23DGardner seen in his Dead Men Don't Wear PlaidMARTINAVA

The initial letters of the surnames of the Steves (in clue order) spell out HE PLAYED VASQUEZ IN THAT BULLOCK FILM.

The film in question is All About Steve, in which Sandra Bullock played a crossword constructor who wrote a crossword in which every single clue referenced Steve, a guy she had fallen in love with (Ms. Bullock won a Golden Raspberry for her performance).

The answer is the actor who played the role of Vasquez in All About Steve: JASON JONES.