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The answers to the clues will fit in the grid. Taken together, the answers hide one final clue.

  1. Born on Halloween
  2. Spirit board
  3. Hamelin vermin
  4. Republic of China
  5. Story
  6. Queequeg's tool
  7. Resound?
  8. Synthetic stocking
  9. It's tasty but potentially deadly
  10. Place for basemen
  11. They're at the center of everything
  12. Quickly
  13. Bounds
  14. Carpentry byproduct

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Born on Halloween

SCORPIO

Spirit board

OUIJA

Hamelin vermin

RATS

Republic of China

TAIWAN

Story

TALE

Queequeg's tool

HARPOON

Resound?

ECHO

Synthetic stocking

NYLON

It's tasty but potentially deadly

FUGU

Place for basemen

INFIELD

They're at the center of everything

NUCLEI

Quickly

ASAP

Bounds

LEAPS

Carpentry byproduct

SAWDUST

Mystery Word

The first letters of the answers spell SORT THEN FINALS. Sorting the clues in alphabetical order, the final letters then spell POUNDS IN A STONE.

So the missing word is

FOURTEEN

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