The answers to these clues are all too short for the spaces provided. This, together with the six unlabeled blanks at the end, and the fact that the clues can be split into six categories of five questions each, suggest the game show Jeopardy! If you write each answer in the form of a question, starting with WHO IS or WHAT IS, etc., then the answers weill fit. Thus, the puzzle is filled in as follows:WHO IS OLIVER NORTH
The categories at the end are then SPORTS, TV, QUOTATIONS, THE CALENDAR, FOOD, and POTPOURRI.
When the letters in numbered spaces are transcribed into the final
section, they don't appear to spell anything, but all the consonants precede
all the vowels:
Note that the two bold letters above are swapped as indicated in errata.
These vowels and consonants need to be interleaved, keeping each set in the order given, to spell THE SON OF A REVOLUTIONARY WAR CAPTAIN, HE WAS THE FIRST AFRICAN AMERICAN CONGRESSMAN FROM VIRGINIA. This clues John Langston, and LANGSTON is the answer.