Not One by Nudd

Puzzle explanation

The corrections to imisprints in clues spelt out “Thomas Hood; No shade, no shine”, the start of a line from his poem No!, which concludes as follows:

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,
No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds, —
November!

Symmetrically placed words from the listed categories were removed from grid columns, namely: argus, monarch, drone, nut, haw, pear, lemon, aster, rose, kat, needle, ortolan, tit, lanner, tui, daw, hen, owl. This left an N-shaped void in the grid, in which a large N for November was drawn.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
Across
1 (T)aking SEPPUKU (PUKES UP) *
7   GEMSBOK GEMS + BOOK − O
12   TAO OAT <
13 clot(H) LLAMA (A + MALL) <
14 D(O)me CUPOLA UP in COLA
16   RATAPLAN RATA + PLAN
18   EWER (f)EWER
19   OTT (p)OTT(o)
20   NUDGED DUN < + GED
22 loa(M)s MALMS M + ALMS
23   LEONIANS (ON ALIENS) *
25   MARMOT MAR + MOT
27   ARLED DEALER * − E
29 L(A)ws CANONS NO in CANS
31 bit(S) LAARIS ARGALIS * − G(rass)
33   TAHR (chee)TAH R(egularly)
34 (H)alts ENDS (v)ENDS
36 ball(O)t URN RUN *
37   ROTATE (ÉTAT + OR) <
39 (O)ut HEARS SHARE *
42   SEANAD ABSTAINED * − BIT *
43 (D)in ROW 2 meanings
44   GUISES GUES(t) around IS
46   GNAW (desi)GN AW(esome)
47   ESTER (w)ESTER(n)
48 ow(N) FIARS FRIARS − R
49   EHED (th)E HED(gerow)
50 Wh(O) DIETERS REDIGEST * − G
51   BEDYDE (PLAN + BEDYDE) * = DEPENDABLY *
Down
1 (S)eat STOOL LOOTS <
2   EASTER FASTER with E for first letter
3 (H)elp PORTOLAN (O + OR PLANT) *
4   PLANNER AN in LN in PER
5 l(A)st ULT L in UT
6   UMP U + MP
7   GALE G + ALE
8   ECAD DACE <
9 bla(D)e SPEAR REAPS *
10   BOWL B + OWL
11 ar(E)a KARST K + A + S in RT
15   LEMON (tab)LE MON(ey)
17 u(N)der ADAWS AS around DAW; ref. 24dn
21   GNU G(e)N(i)U(s)
22   MAAR MALAR − L
24 bl(O)ckhead IDIOT I + DOT around I
26   MONARCHY ARCH in MONY
28 Steel(S) KATANAS SAN < after KATA
29   CHENAR CAR around HEN
30 (H)emming NEEDLED NEED + LED
32 (I)o’s ARGUS ARGUES − E
35   DRONED DR + DONE with letters cycled
36   URGED (s)URGED
37 Troo(N)’s ROSET STORE *
38   AEGIS EG in AIS
39 N(E)ck HAWSE (HE WAS) *
40   SWEDE (SWEDE + T) * = STEWED *
41   TITE TI + TE
45   ERE (F)E(r)R(i)E(s)
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