As soon as I read the crossword clue “Tony-winning musical with puppets,” my mind raced through my theater knowledge. I immediately thought of Avenue Q, a popular and long-running Broadway musical that used puppetry as a central element. It had won several Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Book of a Musical. After scanning through the other clues in the crossword puzzle and filling in some of the intersecting answers, I was certain that Avenue Q was the correct answer. I checked the title lengths and confirmed their compatibility, filling the remaining white squares with the letters AVENUEQ. With that, I had cracked the clue and solved the mystery of the Tony-winning musical with puppets.