This is part 20 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own.
The circled numbers in this grid form a Kurodoko puzzle. Shade some cells in the grid. Cells with circled numbers cannot be shaded; the number indicates how many unshaded cells that cell sees in total (vertically and horizontally), including the cell itself. The unshaded area must be orthogonally continuous and no two shaded cells can share an edge.
Each cell in the crossword grid contains either one, two or three letters. All three-letter cells are indicated by the shaded cells in the Kurodoko. You must figure out the number and location of the two-letter cells yourself.
Today I have taken it easy. I have gone for walk in the forest, following tiny creeks among the trees, surrounded by scenery that looks like something you would find somewhere much closer to my previous destination. Can you guess where I am?
1. 6 across native, deceased mimic
6. One from the water hemisphere disturbed saturnalia
7. Aerosol that comes in a can and fire – a powerful weapon
8. "Strong" legislation has many weaknesses
9. In a proficient manner, consider getting faster construction with sturdy backing
11. Harsh conditions continue – backs covered at all times
12. Extreme assault rates kept secret
14. "Endless energy produced"? That's of no use to anyone!
15. Earth unexpectedly surrounds man with liquid lead and heat
1. Baker who fought for civil rights as the central figure in Barcelona, Lima and Los Angeles
2. At the eleventh hour, drinking a drop of tea or coffee
3. Just foul behind – disgusting!
4. Otherwise known as Mr Clay, and as...
5. Where the Twelve Angry Men are hurt
8. In audition, innate talent is to shine bright
9. Winged insect whose life cycle is typically 60-90 days, covering November and December, perhaps
10. Guided around eastern High Desert
11. Concert perhaps interrupts silent interval
12. US R&B singer is drug addict injecting heroin
13. Stellar altar's renovated
Gladys will return in Sardines and Octopi.