The Path by Phi
Starting at 20, a quotation runs in a continuous path via 17, 1, 8, 26, 25, 41 and 40 to 18, and is completed by the clued 3 down, after the omission of a possibly appropriate word.
Eight clues are single – their subsidiary indications include reference to an extra letter not entered in the grid: these extra letters, in order, provide the author’s surname. Other clues are double, for diametrically opposite entries: two clues run together, either coming first, separated by a single word. Initial letters of these words spell the title of the source (minus a definite article) plus the initial of the author’s forename.
Solvers were asked to submit a clue to the word omitted from the quotation.
9/42 Quantities of money, millions backing hospital here from Scots support? Not millions (4;4)
10 Group rejected most recent magnetic units (6)
12/38 Mechanical creature had a display ground opposite piece of spinning machinery, depicted by middle of fun poem (5;5)
13/37 A letter from the Spanish nobleman once unleashed excessive love and scent? (4;4)
14/33 Mast of boat finally repositioned furthest back – now Noah’s at sea with new one, thank God! (7;7)
16/32 Protection for throat: mark of wound following deadly weapon’s second ‘hint’ (5;5)
21/29 Lecture, one identifying Malay script on trip to ancient city (4;4)
23/28 Temples mostly quiet, with student entering, finding girl around the models (5;5)
27 Small dwelling, a dull thing, regressive as home for giants (6)
30 Prickly shrub covering centre of steep old step (5)
43 Assessor turning somersaults around broadcaster (12, 2 words)
2/36 Well! English divine hardly aware of old Biblical books? Nothing to be added (4;4, 2 words)
3/35 Audibly assesses methods English astronomer deployed in Scorpio or Taurus (4;4)
4/34 Return of some huge Triassic lizard, appeased, but swallowing a marsupial (4;4)
5/39 A divine to put more in vicar’s supplement, by the sound of it? Surprised cry results (3;3)
6/24 Heads of savings rejected a direct debit in this year, offering everyone a savings scheme almost entirely in normal fashion (7; 7, 2 words)
7/19 Dicky lays in delicacy to influence Nell – grubs endlessly grown wild in chimneys (8;8)
10 Quantity of beer, say, swallowed by ruffian in shades (6)
11 Stone harbours and roads (7)
15/22 Advanced force left all joint channels full – supply new weapons to foster morale, initially (5;5)
27 Open house, though not at first inviting in new chap (6)
31 Lower number (5)
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