The main goal here is to figure out the one-“word” answer to each of the following clues.
Each answer consists of one (or more) names and one (or more) other words hinted at by the clues. There is, of course, a gimmick that links all the answers together. Once you get one right, it should be clear what the gimmick is and make the rest much easier.
1. Green guy 2. Girl you get your illicit prescription drugs from 3. Compete and guy 4. Girl poem 5. Break guy out of jail 6. Web publication about a guy 7. Girl (plus the first of her last) and basic substance 8. Fib and guy 9. Either of two quarters of a bubbly beverage and guy 10. Flaky thin dough and girl 11. Guy and 1982 movie 12. Church noisemaker and girl 13. First letter and guy 14. Greek letter and guy 15. Greek letter and guy 16. Guy and greek letter and extent 17. Guy atop 18. HVAC fixture named after guy 19. One tenth of girl 20. Possible 1980 slogan for a guy 21. Guy and meditative utterance 22. Perfectly round (except the last) girl 23. Guy and charged ocean denizen 24. Fermented honey and guy 25. Girl and seaperson prefix and guy 26. Formerly guy 27. Guy and dream stage 28. Extremely girl 29. Guy and what you make before shopping (with its indefinite article) 30. Tear apart Johann Maier von and guy
If I stopped there, this might be pretty obscure, so here are the second set of clues. Solving each of these will provide you with one of the guy or girl names you can use to answer the clues above. Note that each clue will lead to a name, but the precise form of that name that is used in the above clue might vary (e.g., “Dan” vs. “Danny”). And also the order of these clues does not match the order of the first set...that would be too obvious.
He knows when to walk away, and he knows when to run Speaker, candidate, lizard She never was an anti-masturbation breakfast cereal girl He was a controversial scientist, a cowboy, a producer, and a chocolate maven Pet detective Poor Richard, really He won three, took a couple years off, then won three more He was sure about the boundlessness of stupidity He was a Pharaoh, a King, and a General all in the same year Peace-train-era Yusuf She was a good girl and a friend He revealed that guys like their balls round, tacky, brand new, thin, or old She chewed, became inflated, then had to be juiced His name was Gladiator, though his real last name’s a bird You can pickup a dress or a top from her loft She wants a cracker HR king He can feel it, coming in the air tonight Libertarian who made a case for gold A feral girl, portrayed by Hinckley’s obsession The voice of Hercules It’s likely the one on his mind was not the one with Tbilisi You’d better call him Voice of an adorable carapace Animated Beast’s love interest He links It’s My Party and Beat It Bond maker She authored one of the world’s best-read diaries He suggests that you limit your eagerness The D in SCDP He directed submission, and his great-granduncle depicted a wondrous evening
Note that you don't really need to solve the second list to complete the first list, but it may help.
Since there are a lot of clues, partial answers and collaboration are welcome.
FOR A BONUS: Figure out an answer to the post’s title that fits the gimmick.