Wordy Wednesday 132: Hex Pathfinder 6

PENT WORDS 26 (answer)
It's been two weeks, so time to unveil 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:
Giovanni Pagano **
Jack Bross **
Adam Weaver **
Anthony Bailey **
Bryce Herdt **
Chris Hendricks *
Ryan Faley **
Sam Levitin **
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As of this writing, 8 people have solved last week's puzzle. Haven't solved it yet? Here's an easier version. Send your answers to glmathgrant[at]gmail[dot]com within the next week to appear on the solvers list and be recognized for your puzzle prowess. Good luck, solvers!

Reader Ryan Faley would like to direct your attention to his blog, where he has now posted his 100th puzzle! His blog is inspired by my own, and quite personally, I enjoy his offerings. I hope you do, too. :)

This puzzle contains a word suggested by patron M. Sean Molley.
In this puzzle, each answer starts in the correspondingly numbered hexagon and winds through the grid, starting in the indicated direction. 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, a 7-letter word.
1SW Incorrect relative positioning, as of vertebrae (12)
2SE Its first user was William Howard Taft (10, 2 wds.)
3SW Haley Joel of The Sixth Sense (6)
4NW Picked (5)
5SW Author of a 1970 guide to Shakespeare (11, 2 wds.)
6NW Actress Dickinson of Police Woman (5)
7SE Craft a plan, as a chess player might (10)
8E Grounds keeper? (12, 2 wds.)
9NE Ted Cassidy role (5)
10NE Clarify with an example (10)
11SW Probable eternal bachelorette (8)
12SW Young child (6)
13W House-building material, perhaps (11)
14W Its flag has five stars (5)
15NW Loss (6)
16NW Only animated Disney film with a running time in excess of two hours (8)
17W Surname of the family from The Incredibles (4)
18W Great Sphinx’s city (4)
19E ____ calculator (the TI-80, for example) (8)
20SW Follow the ____ (6)
21SE Emblem depicting Christ as a lamb (8, 2 wds.)
22W Ploy (4)
23NE Younger brother of Christopher Hitchens (5)
23W White carrot relatives (8)
24SW Character associated with forty thieves (7, 2 wds.)
25W ____ tiger (6)
26SE Midnight rider Paul (6)
27SW Infuriate (5)
28SE Photographer’s need (6)
29SE ____ Las Vegas (1964 Elvis film) (4)
30W Gruesome (7)
31E “Terrible” figure of 16th century Russia (4)
32E Popular pet rodent (6)

* Another batch of Foxgeryptics!

Until next time, yappy solving!

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