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??&T

Who’s On ?????

We ??????? the excessive use of force

??? World In Data

???? (online retailer)

Apologies for my ?????? attempt at humour!

?????? me

Smoking is bad ??? you

?????????? Is Awesome

Roger ????

A spelling error ??????? this clue

Fiegenbaum ????????

???????? numbers

????? release

ANSWER = ???????

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Almost all of the correct words to insert have been suggested in other users' answers, just not all together. However, I believe the true combination is:

AT&T1
Who’s On FIRST2
We CONDEMN the excessive use of force2
OUR World In Data1
VERY (online retailer)@Stiv
Apologies for my FEEBLE attempt at humour!@OP
EXCUSE me1
Smoking is bad FOR you1
EVERYTHING Is Awesome1
Roger THAT1
A spelling error FOLLOWS this clue@OP (since 'Fiegenbaum' should be spelled 'Feigenbaum')
Fiegenbaum CONSTANT1
NEGATIVE numbers3
PRESS release3

1 First found by @QuantumTwinkie
2 First found by @tmpearce
3 First found by @Bewilderer

This yields:

A cryptic crossword clue! AT FIRST CONDEMN OUR VERY FEEBLE EXCUSE FOR EVERYTHING THAT FOLLOWS CONSTANT NEGATIVE PRESS.

How do we interpret this?

'At first' implies we need to take the first letters of the words which follow, and this will yield a word 'THAT FOLLOWS CONSTANT NEGATIVE PRESS'. The initials of the words in between spell the answer: COVFEFE!

This is of course a reference to:

A very famous mis-tweet by President Donald Trump of the USA, in which he tweeted to his millions of followers:

"Despite the constant negative press covfefe"

(See how 'covfefe' quite literally follows the words 'constant negative press' here?)

Still nobody truly knows what he meant to say, although many people suspected he hadn't yet had his morning covfefe, so it's no wonder it came out wrong!

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    $\begingroup$ This is pretty much correct - you got the general gist! A few more details (rot13): (1) Svrtraonhz vf n qryvorengr reebe, urapr gur cerivbhf pyhr fubhyq or SBYYBJF abg RSSRPGF (2) V vagraqrq SRROYR ohg SNVYRQ vf rdhnyyl inyvq (3) Pbisrsr sbyybjf pbafgnag artngvir cerff fb gung zrnaf jr unir n cresrpgyl inyvq pelcgvp pyhr rira gubhtu abobql xabjf jung gur jbeq zrnaf! $\endgroup$
    – happystar
    Jul 23, 2020 at 2:29
  • $\begingroup$ @happystar Aha! That typo now makes perfect sense! Nice touch :) Will fix! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Jul 23, 2020 at 6:22
  • $\begingroup$ Writing in June 2021, where rot13(Ovqra vf cerfvqrag abj: "pbisrsr" vf abj trarenyyl haqrefgbbq gb unir zrnag "pbirentr".) $\endgroup$ Jun 19, 2021 at 12:28
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WE.....................??&T (Water Environment & Techonology)
FIRST.................Who’s On ????? (Abbott and Costello)
CONDEMN.........We ??????? the excessive use of force
OUR....................??? World In Data (ourworldindata.org)
LAME..................???? (online retailer)
FAILED...............Apologies for my ?????? attempt at humour!
EXCUSE.............?????? me
FOR...................Smoking is bad ??? you
EVERYTHING...?????????? Is Awesome (So say the LEGOs)
THAT..................Roger ????
DEFIES..............A spelling error ??????? this clue
CONSTANT........Fiegenbaum ???????? (From wikipedia
RATIONAL.........???????? numbers
EARLY................????? release (Could also be FIRST, like first release of software etc., with little change in meaning)

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ANSWER = [ANSWERS | GUESSES | etc]

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  • $\begingroup$ Doesn't the answer have to be 7 letters? $\endgroup$
    – Ilak
    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:22
  • $\begingroup$ Good catch @Ilak. There are options for that... I'm open to suggestions $\endgroup$
    – tmpearce
    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:27
  • $\begingroup$ Maybe (rot 13) "pnhgvba" bg "npgvbaf"? Neither of those fit quite as well as your original answer, though. $\endgroup$
    – Ilak
    Jul 21, 2020 at 2:32
  • $\begingroup$ what about (rot 13) NGGRZCG? for the last one? $\endgroup$ Jul 21, 2020 at 8:05
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Partial

??&T

At

Who’s On ?????

Next

We ??????? the excessive use of force

Protest

??? World In Data

Our

???? (online retailer)

Ebay or Etsy

Apologies for my ?????? attempt at humour!

Working on this. Maybe a 6 letter word for "brilliant" as the title suggests.

?????? me

Excuse?

Smoking is bad ??? you

For

?????????? Is Awesome

Everything

Roger ????

That

A spelling error ??????? this clue

Inside(s)? Maybe it is a word spelled incorrect.

Fiegenbaum ????????

Constant

???????? numbers

Rational?

????? release

Early

Total

At Next Protest our .....

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Partial

AT
FIRST
CONDEMN
OUR
WISH
FAILED
??????
FOR
EVERYTHING
THAT
???????
CONSTANT
NEGATIVE
PRESS

ANSWER = ???????

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