As a detective, the first thing I did when presented with the crossword clue “Oohed and aahed, e.g.” was to break it down into individual parts. I knew I was looking for a verb that described a reaction, so I started my search by considering words like “responded” and “acted.” But as I continued to puzzle over the clue, it dawned on me that the words “oohed” and “aahed” were actually providing me with a clue. These words hinted that the reaction I was looking for was one of amazement or surprise. Suddenly, the perfect word hit me: “reacted.” It perfectly captured the sense of wonder and excitement that “oohed and aahed” implies. And just like that, the mystery was solved – all thanks to a bit of careful interpretation and a keen eye for detail.