This particular fable is an obvious target for a thematic puzzle. This one falls into a pattern I had of yoking words together to get the material I wanted to erase or replace. There aren’t, after all, that many words that contain the consecutive letters of INCISOR that aren’t in some way derivatives of the original (INCISORIAL, anyone?) – even the shorter ones (such as TUSK) aren’t too forthcoming.
By limiting myself to six in total, three each across and down, I also got a reasonable grid, and I was also pleased that the attempt to make the double clues short and the single clues long to disguise which is which was successful.
1 DA VINCI; anag. c I; SORRY; sor(t) r,y; HA’PENNY for INCISOR
11 DRONGO; Dr. on go
12 LAURIE; auri(c) in le
13 ARTHRITIC; r in hit in artic
14 SAIGON; I in sag on
15 PALEST; pal est
17 TEE-HEE; e,e in thee
19 AVERTED; aver te(n)d
23 REED-BED; Dee R (all rev.) + be(n)d
25 NAIVER; anag.
27 ENGELS; en gels
29 TRANNY; t(y)ranny
30 LIMO; l I mo; LARGE; l a r(a)ge; CROWN for MOLAR
31 PHOOEY; p hooey & lit.
32 ALLELE; l in allee
33 TURNIP; turn I p; PERSON; anag. + n; GUINEA for NIPPER
2 ARRAS; arr. A S
3 VOTIVE; o,t in vive
4 ACRE; r in ace; NAME; hidden; GROAT for CRENA
5 POINTER; 2 mngs.
6 NAIA; Na(mib)ia
7 NUCLEIDE; U Cl e in nide
8 YRNEHS; yr. + SHEN (rev.)
9 RINSED; ins in red
10 YESTERDAY; yes + t in anag.
14 SCAN; c in scan; INEPT; in EPT; TANNER for CANINE
16 TRAVELOG; Ravel in got (rev.)
18 ELF; fle(w) (rev.); ANGLE; (t)angle; EURO for FANG
20 DEXTRAN; extra in DN(A)
21 MANCHU; man chu(m)
22 SIGNOR; (w)rong is (all rev.)
24 BENNES; ben nes(t)
26 ANGLO; an glo(p)
28 LIEU; lie U
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