Around and Around

Each set of clues can be solved as a standard crossword clue starting with the outer ring.

ANSWEROUTER RING

ROSARIO

A Dawson of “Ahsoka”

TUX

B Monkey suit, perhaps

FRIAR

C Franciscan

ARKANSAS

D State where the Sentinel-Record is published

POLYPHONIC

E Having multiple voices, in music

THAW

F Unfreeze

OZONE

G Atmospheric layer

LAZBOY

H Recliner brand (hyph.)

These can be used to fill in the outer ring using the letters to position each word correctly.

The spokes are also all standard crossword clues, but every answer is 6 length. As hinted by the puzzle, each spoke is scrambled when entered into the grid so the letters are shared with more words next to it as you get closer to the center.

ie. The answer to "1 Country where La Vallée des Singes is located" is FRANCE, and it is entered RNACFE starting from the outside and going towards the center and is determined by what letters need to be shared with adjacent answers.

ANSWERSPOKES

FRANCE

1 Country where La Vallée des Singes is located

NO FACE

2 Masked phantom in “Spirited Away” (2 wds.)

DECAFS

3 Some 7s

FACADE

4 Front of a building

COFFER

5 Chest for valuables

OFFICE

6 Workplace

COFFEE

7 Morning cup, for many

EFFECT

8 Cause’s partner

REFUEL

9 Gas up again

REFLEX

10 Knee-jerk reaction

EIFFEL

11 Famous tower in 1

RELIEF

12 Painkiller’s promise

DEFILE

13 Make unclean

LEAFED

14 Paged (through)

FENDER

15 ___-bender

DEAFEN

16 Overwhelm with noise

INJURE

17 Do harm to

JUNKIE

18 Addict, slangily

AUNTIE

19 Mommy’s sis

IN TUNE

20 Not too sharp or flat (2 wds.)

SUNSET

21 Occurrence just before nightfall

AUSTEN

22 “Pride and Prejudice” author

NURSES

23 Sips slowly, as a cocktail

PRUNES

24 Wrinkled fruit

OBTUSE

25 Greater than 90 degrees

BLUEST

26 Like Toni Morrison’s “Eye”

BEAUTY

27 Beast’s beloved

UPBEAT

28 In good spirits

HUSTLE

29 Disco dance craze

TOUSLE

30 Ruffle playfully, as hair

FLUENT

31 Conversant in a language

FUTILE

32 Pointless

CHARGE

33 Battlefield cry

GATHER

34 Come together or collect

HIGHER

35 More elevated

HEGIRA

36 Journey, as that of Muhammad from Mecca to Medina

WAGNER

37 Tomlin’s collaborator and wife

ORANGE

38 Color in Fire Base Armor

ZAGREB

39 Croatian capital

BORAGE

40 European salad herb also known as starflower

GNEISS

41 Pleasant-sounding rock?

SIEGES

42 Protracted military attacks

SLEIGH

43 Dasher’s vehicle

GEISHA

44 Entertainer in a kimono

ZINGER

45 Snappy one-liner

BERING

46 Strait between Russia and Alaska

GIDEON

47 Name on a hotel Bible

DYEING

48 Decorating, as Easter Eggs

With all the spokes and the outer ring completed, the full grid can be filled in.

Reading the letters in the yellow rings clockwise starting from the outmost top gives the final answer of CENTRIFUGE.

This is the first method used in an attempt to hatch the vessel.

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