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This puzzle is part of the Fortnightly Topic Challenge #43: Variety Crossword Grids.

The clues are in random order.

The Blank Grid
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Across


Nevertheless
Expected to happen
Sign of distress
Lid or cover
Take a chance
K-pop group
Web of skin

Down

Large, round container
Take in deep breaths
12 to 12
Arrest a criminal
Short literature
Liquid from wound
Consume
Pig mama

Through

Month of the mid-autumn
Warm eggs
Before this moment
Not a man of culture
Public transport
History. Period
Hidden home
Public transport
Net of threads
Oriental new year
A general name for all the states
Like snake like fish
Greater than the King

Along

The method to solve a problem
Transparent crystal
Yellow hole-y character
Had one's weight supported by buttocks
Before
Blue
Companion
Eye
X or W split
The sense of respecting oneself
Nevertheless
Fall behind
Value

Key regarding the names of directions

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Hint

Out of @JeremyDover's answer, 6 grids have the wrong answer (including blanks)

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    $\begingroup$ Is there an across clue missing? $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Nov 26 '20 at 19:50
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    $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore no. cant disclose more. $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Nov 26 '20 at 23:12
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    $\begingroup$ Is it intentional that two of the words don't actually connect to the rest of the grid? $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Nov 26 '20 at 23:25
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    $\begingroup$ @Deusovi yes it is. $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Nov 27 '20 at 1:04
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    $\begingroup$ I actually created this exact same grid (without the two disconnected words) yesterday, but didn't yet have the time to fill it in with words :-) $\endgroup$ – Bass Nov 27 '20 at 1:45
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After some back-and-forth with the OP, I fixed up the middle through and along answers. One square is still wrong, but I'm danged if I can figure out which one.

The almost-complete grid:

Almost complete grid

The Clues:

ACROSS

(NIL)
(YET) Nevertheless
(DUE) Expected to happen
(SOS) Sign of distress
(TOP) Lid or cover
(BET) Take a chance
(BTS) K-pop group
(WEB) Web of skin

DOWN

(TUB) Large, round container
(SOB) Take in deep breaths
(DAY) 12 to 12
(NAB) Arrest a criminal
(LIT) Short literature
(PUS) Liquid from wound
(EAT) Consume
(SOW) Pig mama

THROUGH

(SEP) Month of the mid-autumn
(SIT) Warm eggs
(AGO) Before this moment
(YOB) Not a man of culture
(BUS) Public transport
(ERA) History. Period
(DEN) Hidden home
(CAB) Public transport
(WEB) Net of threads
(TET) Oriental new year
(USA) A general name for all the states
(EEL) Like snake like fish
(ACE) Greater than the King

ALONG

(WAY) The method to solve a problem
(ICE) Transparent crystal
(BOB) Yellow hole-y character
(SAT) Had one's weight supported by buttocks
(ERE) Before
(SAD) Blue
(PAL) Companion
(SEE) Eye
(TEN) X or W split
(EGO) The sense of respecting oneself
(BUT) Nevertheless
(LAG) Fall behind
(USE) Value

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  • $\begingroup$ A lot of your answers match my own (though you've done far better than I did at getting them all together in the grid). I hate to break it to you though - there's some WEB/WEN confusion going on that breaks your current attempt - sorry! +1 for the progress though... $\endgroup$ – Stiv Nov 28 '20 at 23:30
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv...Grrr, mistake there...fixed now. I originally had wen, since I didn't think it could be web, but things fit a lot better with web. I understand the obvious objection, and share it, but...I figure it's gotta be close, or the setter laid a heck of a trap I stumbled into :-) $\endgroup$ – Jeremy Dover Nov 28 '20 at 23:33
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, I had WEB for ages but it just felt wrong... Almost all my answers agree, but if SEP is correct I'd like to ask the OP in which part of the world that constitutes MID-Autumn! (That would suggest Autumn begins in August to me - not a chance!) ;-) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Nov 28 '20 at 23:37
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    $\begingroup$ hint: it isnt web/wen $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Nov 29 '20 at 6:53
  • $\begingroup$ u interested in finishing the rest or not? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Dec 2 '20 at 1:38

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