I brought my buddy Herb my new Crossweb puzzle to try, and he wrinkled his nose.
"No way. Far too difficult. Besides, there's only one type of Crossword puzzle I like and this is NOT it."
What is Herb's favorite type of Crossword puzzle? (2 words)
To find out, solve the Crossweb.
- Almost every clue is a definition-less cryptic clue (wordplay without definition). Answer lengths are given. All clues except the final answer have the same definition (guess what). Answers are generally a single word except as noted.
- Each full straight line (beginning and ending with a circle, and possibly containing circles) in the grid represents a single answer to one of the clues. The answers do not bend or change directions (disregard minor wiggles).
- Place a letter in each circle. Only crossed letters (letters shared by two or more answers) appear in circles. Uncrossed letters are not part of the puzzle. You may fill in uncrossed letters on the lines if it helps you keep track of things-but it is not required and ambiguities are permitted.
- Each answer begins at a circle numbered by its length, heading off in some direction. Each number can indicate multiple answers of the same length, but each answer would head in a different direction – answers can cross but only at a single letter.
- Each answer must start and end with a crossed letter, and run in a straight line until it reaches a circle where the overall line ends. This circle contains the final letter of the answer.
Here is an example to help understand placement: (placing 4 answers; no clues)
This is difficult but can be filled in with logical deduction. Feel free to add in your logical reasoning as to how you filled the web.
Here is Herb's Crossweb to solve:
Regret until eternity (3)
Part of bad illness (4)
Camel lost its footing and got mixed up (4)
A corruption recedes before the first sign of evil (5)
Fawlty owner (5)
150, 0, 5, 2.718… (5)
Woman who discovered radium, I hear (5)
Broadcast time (5)
Bottomless Kazakhstani journalist briefly goes east (6)
Chinese leader heads right extremity of countries in largest continent (6)
Magnificent Seven, after fighting, can't start off photoshoot (6)
Small, cute bee homes (6)
Place kicked by a boot, I hear (6)
Feel broken up by noisy neighbors, initially (6)
Half-German following beer (6)
A source of growing in love (6)
Precious stone was put back behind squirrel bait (6)
Tale about a Venezuelan leader spilling tea (6)
Street for Oscar (6)
South or north, at the core, everyone lies, primarily (6)
Animal doctors lying around Iowa (6)
Flea confused by the sea (7, or really 3 4)
California and Nebraska take foreign currency (7)
Endless evils overwhelm Romeo after he follows tiny cult (7)
Color of corn kernel in Clue (7)
Actor-turned-president lost a veto ultimately, after beginning office (7)
Rockin' and rollin', Elvis lost energy and gained fat guts (7)
Luke, to Darth, hugging a very loud, small rancor (7)
Synonym for Herb's favorite type of crossword? (7)
All disheartened penguins retreat into frozen water (8)
Heavenly footstool of Athena (8)
Gamer bot gone haywire (8)
Short father and mother chase behind auto (8)
At first, Cynthia is late and ditches date to embrace Romeo (8)
Cinema, we hear, brings a bit of novelty (8)
My tacos, mangled, include taste of rice (8)
Knave advances first position and waves, ushering in red revolutionary (8)
Bilbo's dwarf companion (small, crafty) surrounded by wingless skin dwelling parasites (8)
Bucking-bronco-riding Simpson is boxed by a ram on each side, one facing him and one facing away (8)
Earlier today, resistance slipped into Spanish kingdom (8)
Originally, tectonic upheavals rendered America without its coasts (8)
Merry Rio dancer (9)
Place to forge pointed weapons? (9)
Even spies, followed by a foremost policeman, allow introducing a little nonsense (10)
Herb's favorite type of crossword puzzle (13 - two words)
Important reminder to get you started: Look at the '7' at the top center. An answer of length 7 must necessarily head downwards from there, as the lines leading left and right from the '7' are parallel and thus part of a single answer which must necessarily have length 6, beginning in the top right corner and ending in the top left corner. (Because of these two nodes, only '6' is labeled as a possible starting node).
Hopefully the bends are clear. The vertical line through 6,8 is bent (as it must be, per rules). The vertical line through the higher 5,8 is straight.