Countdown – solution

The omitted letters gave ZZZZZZZZZZ, a state supposedly attainable by counting sheep (the unclued down answers).

ACROSS

1              MAJESTIC; jest I in Mac

7              (Z)ILCH; (f)ilch

11           (Z)ONULE; on ule

13           KA(Z)OO; a in koo(k)

15           WHEE(Z)ING; whee-ing

16           FIBULAR; I bul(l) in far

17           BRIG; 2 mngs.

18           FLUX; flu X

19           BRAID; I in brad

22           LICIT; L I cit(E)

24           MOUSSE; mou in (de)sse(rt)

26           OAK-NUT; O a + t(r)unk (rev.)

30           TRIER; t(ER)rier

32           GRA(Z)ER; rear g (all rev.)

33           EN(Z)ED; dene (rev.)

34           (Z)EROS; 2 mngs. (4)

35           TRISHAW; r I sh! in taw

37           NAUPLII; anag.

39           SI(ZZ)LE; hidden rev.

40           LILAC; I in call (rev.)

41           AD(Z)ES; a DES

42           DROP TANK; drop + tank

DOWN

2              ANTI; an + it (rev.))

4              SEA; sea(m)

5              TEWART; t(h)e wart

8              LAIRD; lair ‘d

9              CONICS; con I,c,s

12           IHRAM; h(e)r in I am

14           MUXING; U X in Ming

20           DURESS; Dure(r) + SS

23           TURTLED; delt(a) rut (all rev.)

25           SINHALA; anag.

27           AFRAID; a f raid

28           TATIE; I in Tate

31           POULE; 0 in pule

34           ENSA; hidden

36           ARAN; a ran(k)

38           ALP; A l(I)p

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