EMPTY WORD LADDER 3
This puzzle contains a word suggested by Patron M. Sean Molley. Support me on Patreon at $15 or more per month to suggest one word or phrase for me to put into a puzzle every month!
In normal word ladders, you have to turn one word into another word by changing it one letter at a time (such as CAT — COT — DOT — DOG). However, this word ladder is completely blank, meaning that the starting and ending words are completely unknown. To fill it in, we've provided clues to all of the words that link the two mystery words, though they're not listed in any particular order. Rearrange the clues' answers so that they form a proper word ladder in the white spaces, then figure out the two mystery words on the ladder's top and bottom, signified by the yellow spaces. Combine both words in either order to create the FINAL ANSWER: a two-word color or a two-word food.
• WORD AT THE START OF THE LADDER
• WORD AT THE END OF THE LADDER
• Charlie horse, for example
• Corvids that are smaller than ravens
• _____-country cycling (Olympic sport)
• Horror novelist Barker or adventure novelist Cussler
• Learns an entire semester's worth of material in a single night (or tries to, anyway)
• Macintosh computer's startup sound
• Onion relative chopped, then topped on a baked potato
• Regal headwear that covers King Neptune's baldness in The SpongeBob SquarePants Movie
• Rude and crude
• Species of Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes, for short
• Tournament winner
Once you think you know what the FINAL ANSWER is, send it to either email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org (though I'm more likely to check the second one) and I'll put your name on a solvers list once I post the answers in about two weeks. You can also use those email addresses to give me some comments and feedback (or even ask for a hint, though you'll be marked as having used one if you do so) or send me the answer to last week's puzzle, if you haven't already figured it out. If you have a printer and want to solve this puzzle on paper, just head below the break for a link to a .PDF version which you can print out!