Highlight the white text inside the block for hints ranging from vague to specific...
Similar to a crossword puzzle in that you know each word or short phrase contains the letters "BAT"
Remember, "BAT" takes up only one space in each clue, so for example: "Crime of Violence" has _ _ _ _ _ (5) open spaces. The word you're looking for will have 7 letters (due to BAT taking up one of the 5 spaces).
One of the shaded spaces contains a "BAT" -- all the rest are single letters.
The answer for "Attempt to snatch: 2 wds." is "GRA(BAT)"
The solutions and keyword is found in the next block of text. If you do not wish to be spoiled, please do not continue.
The solutions in order are: (bat)ery, acro(bat), al(bat)ross, (bat)ches, wom(bat), sun(bat)he, (bat)tleaxe, incu(bat)e, sab(bat)h, gra(bat), (bat)mitzvah, pro(bat)ion, de(bat)able, ver(bat)im.
The shaded letters in order are: Y R O H (bat) H T E B A Z I L E, written in reverse order spell "ELIZABETH BATHORY" (a famous Countess from the 16-17th century).