Match Game (solution)
by Patrick Blindauer with programming and suggestions by Andrew Lin
Reassembling the fragments yields five-word sets. In each case you overlap a two-word fragment with the top half of a three-word fragment, a two-word fragment with the bottom half of a three-word fragment, and then connect the two fragments.
ACTOR INDIA BASIS ENTRY ALIAS DINGO MIAMI SWANK HYENA DELTA PRIMA EDSEL EVENT ADAMS THETA ETHEL ALTAR TIMEX ELBOW LEMUR EXILE TRYST ELAND ARGUE CHASM FABLE SAINT QUITS WRATH FINCH GATOR DITZY YENTL PESTO GUMBY HEDDA LOFTY HAFIZ SULFA WOOFS ISUZU ESSAY LOSER HAZEL IDYLL LANCE LOOSE NERVY BRAVO KEANU METRO MYRRH RAOUL BAMBI STOLI GAVEL TIMID HAGEN NYMPH NORAD OZONE OBESE AESOP TASTY MERTZ RAZOR RAVEN HEIDI PONZI WINDY ROGUE RHYME LIFTS VIOLA MCFLY SEVEN VIRGO PORGY SKYPE LEASE TITHE TUTOR BEARD ZELDA SHE-RA CANOE THANX PEKOE TORSO SHREK VOGUE NEPAL LEHAR FAGIN VIXEN
In each column, exactly two of the words in each set have a common letter. Taking these letters gives a new set of 19 words:
ANTIS DIANA EDEMA ELMER ERASE FAITH GETTY HOFFA ISSEL LEAVE MAORI NAMED OESTE RANDI RIFLE SERGE TETRA THROE VEGAN
These words can make a chain (overlapping the first two letters and the last two letters) like so:
HOFFA FAITH THROE OESTE TETRA RANDI DIANA NAMED EDEMA MAORI RIFLE LEAVE VEGAN ANTIS ISSEL ELMER ERASE SERGE GETTY
and the letters that aren’t overlapped (the middle letters) spell FIRST NAME OF AGT SMART, which gives the answer MAXWELL.