As a detective, the first step to solving any mystery is to analyze the clues given. The term “long-handled forks” gave me an idea that it might refer to a utensil used for dipping into a bowl or pot, most commonly associated with a fondue. Fondue, a popular Swiss dish, is served in a pot with long-handled forks used for dipping bread or vegetables into melted cheese or chocolate. This revelation led me to consider the possibility that the answer to this crossword clue might be “fonduepots“. Upon further investigation, I discovered that fondue sets often come with multiple long-handled forks, making them the ideal answer and fulfilling the clue’s requirements. It was a case of making a connection between the words and using that to arrive at the answer, highlighting how important it is to consider synonyms and the broader context. Thus, the clue “Holders of many long-handled forks” was solved and the answer was unlocked: “FONDUEPOTS“.