Listener Crossword 3962: Solution Notes

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Disappearance by Phi

Puzzle explanation

December 28, 1907 saw the last recorded sighting of the New Zealand huia, and Chambers Dictionary is almost certainly wrong in recording that its extinction is only probable. In clued order, extra words were: Gasps, habitually, ordered, native, exhibiting, Ted, University, our, infant, allowing, men, tricky, ovine, rapturous, originally, Ragamuffins, demanding, angered, outraging, Yarrow, Welsh. Their first letters spelt on the left “huia today”, and on the right “gone tomorrow”, indicating that HUIA was to be highlighted in the half of the grid where “today” was unclued, and erased from that containing “tomorrow”. (Provided that these HUIA elements were correct, any highlighting of TODAY and/or TOMORROW was ignored.) The kakapo and kokako are not quite extinct (the South Island kokako was declared extinct on January 16, 2007; the North Island variety is critically endangered).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra word
Left     /     Right
Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1   WITNESS STAND ITS NEST’S* in WAND
6a(R) Gasps TEARER ARE in TER
6a(L)   INWIND Two definitions (IN WIND)
7a(L) habitually SHORTS SORTS about H
7b(R) ordered ENFREE EEE about (N + FR)
8a(L)   HAULED HAD about ULE
8b(R)   RAFALE RAF + ALE(e)
10a(L)   NECTAR TRANCE*
10b(R) native GIUSTO I in GUSTO
12a(R) exhibiting MIRIAM MIM about AIR <
12b(L)   GRAPPA G + RAP + AP <
16a(L)   ROSACE ROSE about AC
16b(R) Ted UNMOOR UN + MOOR
17a(L) University EDITOR (ROTE about ID) <
17b(R) our ENAMOR (AN in ROME) <
18a(L)   KAKAPO Thematic
18b(R)   KOKAKO Thematic
19a(R)   BYELAW BY + WALE <
19b(L) infant CYESES C(hildren) + YESSES
DOWN
1a(L) allowing WISHINGS WIGS about SHIN
1b(R)   STERIGMA RIG in STEMA
2a(R) men SENARII A RISE IN*
2b(L) tricky INHALER IN + HER about (A + L)
3a(L)   TWO-UP W/O in TUP
3b(R) ovine TAFFY FAT < + (o)F (Canterbur)Y
4a(R) rapturous ARRAHS AR(e) + RAHS
4b(L) originally NIRLIT N + IRL + IT
5a(R) Ragamuffins NEELD L in NEED
5b(L) demanding ENTER Hidden
9a(L)   BRASEROS BRAS(h) + SORE <
9b(R)   TOMORROW Thematic
11a(L) angered APOCOPE CO in (A + (Alexander) POPE)
11b(R) outraging TALOOKA (A + LOOK) in TA
13a(L) Yarrow ALSIKE ALIKE about S
13b(R)   REMAKE RAKE about ME <
14a(L)   TODAY Thematic
14b(R)   ANNOY ANY about NO
15a(R) Welsh ROMAL ROMA + L
15b(L)   RATAS AS after RAT
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