Reading every other letter of each jumble of letters yields a clue phrase, one written normally and one written backwards. Both clue phrases hint at the same solution: one normal, the other written backwards. The numbers provide the length of individual words in the solutions.
|STRAINED PLATE WIDGET|
LITERARY CLICHÉS MESH
|PASS BY KEVIN KLINE PRESIDENTIAL MOVIE|
AVOIDS FEAR INDUCED LACK OF USUAL COLOR
|JAPANESE CAT LIGHTSPEED LIEUTENANT|
LION SON OF ZIRA FIGURATIVE KEEPSAKE
|COMEDIC STEPHEN NOT OFF|
FRENCH OUR VOTING GROUP
|APPLE TABLET EPOCH|
ONE RUBY INTERFACE
A RED API
|MARATHON SPRINT CONTROVERSIES|
PREPARE MOTORCYCLE ATTACHMENT
SET UP SIDECAR
Continuing in the “zig zag” theme of the puzzle and keeping the hint in the flavour text in mind, the solution word can be obtained by reading alternatingly the first and last letters, then the same backwards.