Each characters on the board is:
Now it's our duty to:
Some first steps are:
Then here is the result:
To extract the final answer:
As commented by hdsdv, this is related to above board:
Thus the final answer is:
@Stiv found the final answer, go see his answer for an explanation! The thing you are missing in your crossword is
Now clearly there is something a bit odd about this crossword...
All the words follow a pattern
See Stivs answer for the final step!
The answer to the question of what your crossword is missing is:
A lot of credit for solving the initial crossword and wordsearch needs to go to @BeastlyGerbil (go upvote their answer!) with helpful contributions in comments from @Anthroman, @LannyStrack, @teedyay and @oAlt. The solution details for those are listed in full in BG's answer, with the finished ...
As tradition requires, here's the finished product first. Progress pictures at the end of the answer.
Then, we remove the words from the grid, tighten everything up, and repeat for
Lather, rinse, repeat. Theme 3:
And finally, Theme 4:
Everything below this point is only preserved to show solution progress.
Well. This seems a bit ...
The following 14 words can all be found within the grid (with coordinates of starting letter, row then column, with top row = 1 and leftmost column = 1):
Bearing in mind the title, these are all:
What remains after removing these words is:
The final phrase:
The Completed Word Search:
All the words in the word search:
These words can be put under 4 distinct groups:
So now what?
So the next thing is to do
So what next? (Huge credit to Lanny Strack here, who managed to work this out)
First we must
[EDITED to add:] ... Huh, I misread (as I found from athin's answer, posted two minutes after mine). In fact it's
I've amended what follows accordingly (it doesn't much change my state of knowledge and/or ignorance).
My first thought is
There must be any number of
but "any number" is too many.
I'm out of ideas -- ...
Partial answer (not including 3 letter words, there are too many) :
format : WORD, row,column
6 letters words :
5 letters words :
4 letters words :
Obviously I missed words, please complete if you find more words.
I've found 29 words:
DIAGONAL RIGHT TO LEFT
DIAGONAL LEFT ...