Squash is tender within but tough near the skin?

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BAPyessir6

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I think I made an error this evening, and am unsure what to do next. I was going to make a butternut squash soup and was planning on halving my squash, removing the seeds, and roasting as I always do. But after receiving a call that my friend had gotten into a roll-over car accident (she's totally fine), I panicked and for some reason, before leaving, threw the squash into the oven whole at 350. I left to see her in the ER and came back 2 hours later to a squash that is soft inside, but almost. . .mealy near the skin? Or tough? Gritty? My question is, should I throw this tougher outer layer of butternut squash, (it's only on one side of the squash, maybe it was the side sitting on the roasting pan, I didn't check) or should I perhaps cook it longer? Will blending it into soup nullify this textural stiffness? Does anyone have any idea what happened here?
 

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