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Wordy Wednesday 209: Pathfinder 6

Note: This puzzle was originally written hastily on an iPhone on the way to a behavioral health clinic during a bout with suicidal ideation. The easy version of WW208 was not yet prepared.

PATHFINDER 5 (answer)
Here is the answer to this puzzle. If you still wish to solve it yourself, please go here for the normal version of the puzzle, or here for the easier version of the puzzle. Here's a list of people who solved it:
Anthony Bailey **
Jack Bross **
M. Sean Molley **
Bryce Herdt **
Patrick Jordan **
Rusty the Wolf **
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **

In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered square, goes in some direction, and makes one or more right-angled turns as it winds through the grid. When you have finished, every letter will be used in exactly two entries. Rearrange the letters in the shaded spaces to get the final answer, an 8-letter word.
1 Mallow genus with large, showy flowers (8)
2 McEntire who became the first woman to portray Colonel Sanders in KFC ads in 2018 (4)
2 Money paid back after a purchase (6)
3 Now-defunct search engine bought by Yahoo! (9)
4 The smallest Japanese dog breed (5 3)
5 ____ of Man (4)
6 Sailor’s sword (7)
7 Irresponsible (8)
8 German engine inventor Rudolf (6)
9 ____ Juice (Judy Blume novel) (7)
10 Country cornbread (4)
10 Nightshade genus whose name comes from a word meaning “tobacco” (7)
11 The floor, in a certain game (4)
12 Tartan-patterned fabric (5)
13 Popular sandwich in Philadelphia (11)
14 Of ____ I Sing (Gershwin musical) (4)
15 Fifth book of the New Testament (4)
16 Courtroom employee, for short (5)
17 Madama Butterfly composer Giacomo (7)
18 Massachusetts town where Harriet Beecher Stowe is buried (7)
19 Frustrates (7)
20 Let’s Make a Deal host Monty (4)
21 Annoying involuntary contraction that someone might try to cure by scaring you (6)
21 At a very quick rate (4 4 4)
22 The largest estuary in North America (10 3)
23 Nearly complete software prototype (4)
24 Calm, as fears (5)
25 Recesses for statues (6)
26 Drinking implements (6)

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