Don't feel dumb! I feel like I definitely made this one on the harder side. To make the the answers match the starred clues, you have to take (or remove) the note (DO, RE, MI, FA, SOL, LA, TI, DO) from each answer. So, if you remove DO from IDOLS1A*French pronoun[-----], you get ILS, which is a "French pronoun." Likewise, pulling RE from PARER11A*Average[-----] gets you PAR, or "Average." I'd considered putting bubbles around the notes, but I figured it'd be too much of a giveaway. Thanks for solving!