May 2021 Slot 7 (Battleship!) by Flowerman

Eight unclued thematic words (all in Chambers; 8, 5, 8, 7, 7, 6, 7 & 4 reading clockwise in order from some point) must fill the perimeter. The perimeter’s unchecked letters could make GOOD BUDDY USE POOR LAD AT TIMES. In five clues, an extra word must be removed before solving. Read in order (it may help to read them aloud), these words indicate the whereabouts of the theme (5,2,5).

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