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Inquisitor 1107: Removals by Ploy

Posted by HolyGhost on January 15th, 2010

HolyGhost.

Jumbles of words have to be removed from nine clues before solving; these words form five items and we have to black out a symmetrical two-word phrase in the completed grid that describes them. The final reason for their removal (12, two words), to be written below the grid, is playfully implied by single extra letters in the wordplay of the remaining clues.
 
I had completed about half the puzzle (mainly below the SW-NE diagonal) before I located the first jumble, in 7a. However, this immediately confirmed my early guesses of both the theme and the two words to be written below the grid.

The five items were MISTLETOE, BAUBLES, HOLLY WREATH, FAIRY LIGHTS and TINSEL – all CHRISTMAS DECORATIONS (found in two W-shapes, one linking R3, C3 and R3, C11, the other linking R5, C2 and R5, C12), which should be removed by TWELFTH NIGHT. The extra single letters refer to What You Will, the alternative title to Shakespeare’s play.

[XYZ]! = homophone

Across
No. Answer Extra
letter(s)
Wordplay
[removal]
1 PARGETER  
   mistle
PAR (=standard) + GET (=answer) + E(gg) + R(evive)
[limest]*
7 WIELD  
   baubles
WOLD (=open country) – O (=nothing) + IE (=that is)
[able bus]*
11 TRIOXIDE W [IT WEIRD]* around OX (=bull or cow)
{how do we lose the S from IT’S?}
12 SPAE H SPA (=spring) + HE
13 ALCOTT A A (=one) + C(hapter) in [TOTAL]*
14 SPANS  
   holly
PAN (=god) in SS (=saints)
[holy l]*
15 EEK T (th)E (vil)E (spoo)K (sough)T
17 ATOK Y YAK around TO (=along with)
18 VERKRAMP O OVER + M(illions) in PARK (=piece of land) rev.
19 ADDENDA U A DUDE + N(ew) + DA (=duck’s arse, hairstyle)
21 NOWISE W NOW WE around IS (=Iceland)
22 RELY I RLY (=railway) around IE (=that is)
25 INNS L IN (=fashionable) + (a)L(a)N (i)S
27 COU-COU  
   fairy
COUSCOUS (=semolina) – SS (=seconds)
[I fry a]*
29 ONIONED L [OLD NEON I]*
31 ORDNANCE  
   wreath
N(umber) in DANCE (=brawl) after OR (=other ranks, men)
[The war]*
33 LIED R Hidden: (musica)L I RED(raft)
35 NAE  
   toe
NÉ (=born) around A(utumn)
[e to]*
36 XYLIC E X (=times) + [(n)ICELY]*
37 AUDILE A AUDI (=car) + (fem)ALE
38 TAIT D TAD + IT
39 LAURASIA A AURA (=peculiar character) in [ALIAS]*
40 ELATE S SEE around LAT (=pillar)
41 YULETIDE O [YOU'LL]! + DO IT rev. + (th)E
Down
No. Answer Extra
letter(s)
Wordplay
[removal]
2 ARLES  
   lights
[LEARS]*
[this gl]*
3 RICK T Double definition: SPRAINT
4 EXTERN H EX(odus, book) + THE + (Ap)R(il) + N(oon)
5 TITI E TIE + IT rev.
6 REPTANT  
   sel
ER (=king) rev. + PT (=part) + ANT (=insect)
[Les]*
7 WHAMMO R W(ith) + HAMMER – (to)E + O(uch)
8 EPSTEIN T E(xhibitor) + [TEN TIPS]*
9 LAROUSSE I [SERIAL]* around OU S(tudents)
10 DECKLE-EDGE T ET in DECK (=ground) + LEDGE (=ridge)
14 STRATONIC L [TRAINS CLOT]*
15 EMASCULATE E SAME rev. + CU (=copper) + ELATE (=answer to 40)
16 HEEL  
   tin
Double definition: ROTTER
[In t]*
20 DROMICAL O [OIL CAM ROD]*
23 EUTEXIA F [IF EU TAX + E (=base)]*
{odd to have a clued element as part of anagram}
24 RUDDILY T TRUDY around D(irector) I(n) L(uxembourg)
26 NOCK H H(u)N + O(ffer) C(hild) K(ey)
28 OR ELSE E [SEE ROLE]*
30 INSURE P IN(dium) + (i)S + PURE
32 VALID L VID(eos) around ALL
34 SAUL A [ALAS]* around U (=title)
35 NISI Y IS + (bra)INY rev.

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