I have a word repeated four times with a star over the middle of the text. Is there a way to eliminate just the letters behind the star?
Select the text and convert to outlines by doing Object > Expand
Ungroup until there are no groups left, and do Object > Compound Path > Make
Select the star and copy it Ctrl+C
Select the star and text, and in the Path Finder hit the Minus Front button. Note: this boolean operation will consume the star, but don't worry
Do Edit > Paste in Front, to get the star back.