Solutions for Act I Scene 1 - Double Act

The first step of this puzzle is to realise that each word provided can be coupled with another word and the connecting word "and" to make a common phrase. This is supported by the title, Double Act, which suggests things that come in pairs. Some of the more noticeable words include caboodle, which is rarely seen outside of the phrase kit and caboodle, and yang, which is seen only as part of yin and yang in everyday speech.

In most if not all cases, the paired word should be unique. These are as follows:

cease and desist, arts and crafts, cowboys and Indians, null and void

smoke and mirrors, nook and cranny, us and them, snakes and ladders, lost and found, yin and yang

track and field, bacon and eggs, law and order, lo and behold, cause and effect, rock and roll

bread and circuses, odds and ends, rough and tumble, nip and tuck

hue and cry, life and limb, warts and all, pins and needles, kit and caboodle

touch and go, ins and outs, life and times, bait and switch, trial and error, rank and file, surf and turf

cloak and dagger, each and every, macaroni and cheese

breaking and entering, divide and conquer, hem and haw, apples and oranges

Punch and Judy, assault and battery, kith and kin

Now the only question is what to do with these new words. As is a common trick in most word puzzles, and as is supported by the fact several of these words start with vowels, it turns out we want to take the first letters of each word. Per line, this gives:


The next step here is to realise that each of these names belongs to a well-known double act of some sort. This suggests following another puzzle trope: repeating a previous step on the new data. Finding the other halves to each pair gives:

Cain and Abel
Mulder and Scully
Penn and Teller
Bert and Ernie
Ratchet and Clank
Gilbert and Sullivan
Ant and Dec
Echo and Narcissus
Jak and Daxter

Finally, taking the first letters of each new word as before gives us the word AMPERSAND. This is very promising, since it is the name of the & symbol, commonly used to stand for the word "and" and often found in the names of double acts (and it even contains the word "and" in its name!).

The answer is: ampersand