Here is the solution to The Devilishly Difficult wordsearch.
Starting letters are Magenta and the other letters used are in Lime.
The hidden theme was 'Chinese Horoscope' and the 12 associated words were:
Congratulations go to Titania and Hikaru Post who fought their way through the red herring trees, rivers and other dead ends and sent in the correct solution. A special mention to Sneaky who didn't pinpoint the theme or relevant animals but sent in an impressive list of 65 words.
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