An entry in Fortnightly Topic Challenge #forty-seven: "Wacky Sudokus"

Here's that crossword you asked for... Sorry, what's that - you didn't ask me for a crossword??

TASK: Solve the puzzle (COMPLETELY) to find a concealed nine-letter word which tells you something that this puzzle is not...

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A) Shakespearean King
D) "Let it be so"
E) Organ of hearing
G) ____ Nordegren, model and ex-wife of Tiger Woods
I) Creditor's legal right over a debtor's property
K) UK Protestant Christian denomination formed in nineteen-seventy-two (inits)
M) Muslim ruler
N) Nostril

A) Queue
B) Precipitation
C) French indefinite article
F) Highest point
H) Alternative name for ribosomal protein SA
I) Northern English dialect word: 'be taught'
J) Major river in Africa
L) Animation still

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    $\begingroup$ This should be fairly quick to solve but has taken DAYS to put together in a workable way without too many obscure words. I've never seen it attempted in full before on PSE, only partially on a couple of occasions... It really has just been a case of "Is this possible? Let's try and see!" $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jan 19 at 18:10
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    $\begingroup$ Very nice puzzle! This must have taken forever to find a grid that works for both, and to still be solvable as well! Incredibly impressive, and a very fun solve :) $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 19 at 18:50
  • $\begingroup$ Now that the puzzle has been solved, here are a couple of the posts I was referring to in my comment above (in case anyone is interested): this one by Alconja is one of my PSE faves, but the crossword is not self-contained in the 9x9 grid, and this one by gabbo1092 is similar in idea, but does not produce a symmetrical crossword. Applying both of these additional limitations was HARD, especially when further constraining it by requiring a specific letter set for the hidden word! :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jan 19 at 22:33
  • $\begingroup$ Nitpick (trying not to spoil anything): Clue C would be better clued as "French feminine article" or something like that. The first natural number is the form with one letter less; the word you've used is not used for counting in French. $\endgroup$ – Michael Seifert Jan 20 at 15:44
  • $\begingroup$ @MichaelSeifert That's fair. I'd used the wording as I felt it (loosely) fitted with the theme. But I've changed it now in line with your suggestion, in the name of accuracy. Thanks :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jan 20 at 16:38

This puzzle is certainly not


Solving the crossword:

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The clues:

A) Shakespearean King - LEAR
D) "Let it be so" - AMEN
E) Organ of hearing - EAR
G) ____ Nordegren, model and ex-wife of Tiger Woods - ELIN
I) Creditor's legal right over a debtor's property - LIEN
K) UK Protestant Christian denomination formed in nineteen-seventy-two (inits) - URC
M) Muslim ruler - EMIR
N) Nostril - NARE

A) Queue - LINE
B) Precipitation - RAIN
C) French indefinite article - UNE
F) Highest point - ACME
H) Alternative name for ribosomal protein SA - LAMR
I) Northern English dialect word: 'be taught' - LARN
J) Major river in Africa - NILE
L) Animation still - CEL

Then solving as a 'Wordoku':

(Not posted logical path as it is quite straightforward, but can if needed)

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Gives us the final answer in the middle box - NUMERICAL!!

This is apt, as not only does the sudoku not use any numbers, but even the crossword uses letters instead of numbers too!

  • $\begingroup$ Did you solve the crossword entirely before the Wordoku? $\endgroup$ – bobble Jan 19 at 18:55
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    $\begingroup$ @bobble, yup, but for a couple of clues I wasn't entirely sure on I did use the sudoku constrictions to help work out what it could be $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 19 at 18:58
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    $\begingroup$ Nice work BG :) No need for a detailed solve path on this one IMO - the 2 stages you have here are sufficient. Perfect example of a puzzle that's MUCH quicker to solve than to set! $\endgroup$ – Stiv Jan 19 at 19:06
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you and awesome work! Yeah, there was too many characters on the grid for me to think it needed a full explanation, but that'll probably always be the case with this combo. And absolutely this must have taken a ton of work to make! Hopefully this gets way more upvotes than whatever this gets because it is very much deserved! $\endgroup$ – Beastly Gerbil Jan 19 at 19:09

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