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This puzzle is inspired by Matt’s excellent Cryptic Sucrosswordoku.

Below is a sudoku as well as some cryptic clues. The clues lack enumeration and are in no particular order. The solutions to the clues can be assembled into a path-connected rotationally symmetric crossword inside the sudoku, with each solution beginning in a square whose number is the same as the clue’s enumeration. Given this information, you should be able to deduce the possible enumerations and the form of the crossword itself. Your job is to assemble the crossword atop the sudoku.

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  1. Discouraged media forced into action
  2. Take over a French square
  3. Tree residue after a fire
  4. Foolish person captured near canyon
  5. Sad strange spots
  6. Goes over subpar art and poetry
  7. Character at the end finds holes in disorganized site
  8. What the despairing cut in impulsive inspiration!
  9. Solution lacking wild lions and bird
  10. Top dog’s meat placed in empty trophy
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    $\begingroup$ Ooh! This one looks fun. $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Feb 24 '17 at 21:23
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    $\begingroup$ Are the clues given in standard crossword ordering? Or do we have to figure that out ourselves? $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Feb 24 '17 at 21:45
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    $\begingroup$ @Deusovi, they are not in any kind of order. I numbered them only for convenience (so that people could easily refer to them). You must fit them into the grid yourself. $\endgroup$ – GoldenGremlin Feb 24 '17 at 21:51
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    $\begingroup$ @Silenus For future reference, you can order the clues by alphabetical order to hint that order is irrelevant $\endgroup$ – Sp3000 Feb 25 '17 at 2:54
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Part 2: The Cryptics

Discouraged media forced into action

DE(PRESS)ED

Take over a French square

SEIZE (French for 16) (thanks, Sp3000!)

Tree residue after a fire

ASH (ddef)

Foolish person captured near canyon

A(BY)SS

Sad strange spots

ADS*

Goes over subpar art and poetry

(TRA*)VERSES (thanks, Sp3000!)

Character at the end finds holes in disorganized site

What the despairing cut in impulsive inspiration!

_VEINS_ (thanks, Sp3000!)

Solution lacking wild lions and bird

EMU(-lsion) (thanks, Sp3000!)

Top dog’s meat placed in empty trophy

C(-u, +HAM)P (thanks, Sp3000!)

Part 3: The Grid

I'm fairly sure this is the only grid possible with exactly ten entries without using bars between squares:

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The final grid is:

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    $\begingroup$ fyi explanation for #7 is missing $\endgroup$ – Sp3000 Feb 25 '17 at 7:26
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Part 1: The Sudoku

sudoku

And now for the hard part...

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    $\begingroup$ I think we have different opinions about what the "hard part" is... :P $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Feb 24 '17 at 21:34

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