Some time ago I created a nice simple puzzle. It's a horizontal word grid with 22 letters and nine clues. However, I spilled some coffee on my notes and can no longer remember what numbers I wanted to put in clues 1 and 4. Can you help me out?

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  1. (illegible) in hexadecimal
  2. furry red monster
  3. musical cookware
  4. (illegible) in hexadecimal
  5. software documentation
  6. romance water
  7. something with quiero
  8. female relative
  9. megacity
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    $\begingroup$ Do any of the clues overlap, i.e. is it certain that clue 1 is 1 letter long, and clue 2 is 4 letters long? $\endgroup$
    – AHKieran
    Oct 26 '18 at 7:48
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    $\begingroup$ @AHKieran No overlap, #1 is one letter etc. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Oct 26 '18 at 7:58

The missing clues are

1. 11 in hexadecimal
4. 10 in hexadecimal

After filling the rest of the clues (and figuring out better words for 5, 6, and 9 particularly), you get

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If you now fill in the mystery clues, you get

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Which finally fits the somewhat surprising tags by listing

overlapping Middle American capital cities.

Particularly, the ones listed are

* Belmopan, the capital of Belize
* Panama, the capital of Panama
* Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, and
* Guatemala, the capital of Guatemala



(illegible) in hexadecimal - E (a guess, as Hex characters are A-F)
furry red monster - ELMO
musical cookware - PAN
(illegible) in hexadecimal - D (a guess, as above)
software documentation - DOC (As in .doc)
romance water - TORA?? (Can only think of The Shape of Water although that's Del Toro)
something with quiero - TE ("te quiero", Spanish for "I love you")
female relative - MA (short for Mother)
megacity - NY (New York)

Which can also be broken to read as:


So your missing letters are:

E and D


Are the missing answers:

E and D

And therefore the clues:

"14 in hex" and "13 in hex"


I only solved half the clues, but got ELMO for clue 2, and PAN for clue 3.
When I put them together I noticed that the word MOP was created in between them.
I assumed the single digit of hex would be a letter to match the rest, and so that limited me to A through F.
I therefore deduced that the first letter would combine with the first few letters of ELMO, and therefor would be E to create EEL.
And also that the last letters of PAN would form another word with the answer to clue 4, and in choosing D, they make AND. I assume there is a similar connection between the other words, but I haven't figured them out yet apart from:

Reasoning continued: (Edited to include @Astralbee 's solutions, credit to them)

5 being DOC (.doc) 6 being TORO (for Guillermo Del Toro, creater of The Shape of Water)
7 being TE (te quiero being a spanish phrase "I Love You")
8 being MA (term for mother)
9 perhaps being NY for New York
This creates the whole line EELMOPANDDOCTOROTEMANY which contains the following words:
EEL, ELMO, MOP, PAN, AND, DOC, OCTO, DOCTOR, ROT, TEMA (a city in Ghana), MANY, and ANY.


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