## Life 2 by Hawk

### Puzzle explanation

The extra letters in wordplay gave the compass point pairs SE-W, SW-N and NW-E, producing the cut lines shown in pink in the initial grid here. The five grid pieces were arranged to make two squares of different sizes (ie, mathematically similar but not congruent). The corrections to misprints spelt “non-identical”, hinting at the 1988 film Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito, whose characters’ physical differences were an unexpected result of GENE EDITING (23ac and 1dn). In the reassembled grid, DEVITO was formed with an upside-down O (from 29dn) and SCHWARZENEGGER with a sideways N (from 28dn) for the Z, with TWINS in a straight line linking them.

### Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation [extra letters]
Across
1   EFFLUX (t)EFF + L + UX
5   CHEQUE CHEE[SE] around QU
10 de(N)t DEGENERATING (AGREEING DENT) *
11   INVAR RAV < after I(ro)N
12 w(O)rd NON-COME E after NON-COM
13 pa(N)ama TITFER FT < in TIER
15   SCHWA SCA[W] around H(ome-bre)W
18   FAR-SEEING FARING around SEE
25   GILL 2 meanings
26   DOGLEG LOGGED *
27   SNELL’S LAW S + NELL + SLAW
30 F(I)nding ARRÊT TERRA <
32   ETHYLS ETH + SLY <
34   OGHAMIC (OMEGA + CHI) * − E
35   EILAT TALE < around I’
36 (D)elay RESPONSE TIME ONSET in EMPIRE’S *
37   ESSENE ESSENCE − C
38   IDEAED A in (I + DEED)
Down
2 elev(E)n FENI FE + NI; ref. 11ac
3   LEAF-FALL FALL after LEAF
4   UNREADY DOUNREAY * − O
5 span(N)ed CROSSED CROSS + ED
6 s(T)ake HANCE (c)HANCE
7   ETCH [S]CH around [W]ET (for [SW]ETCH)
8   UNMANNED MANNE(r) in UND(é)
9 b(I)t EGER (coll)EGE R(efectory)
14 (C)an’s TOILER TOILET with R for last T
16 M(A)nage WIELDY WIDELY *
17   WAINAGES AGAIN * in WES(t)
19   EGG WHITE EG + WEIGHT *
21   SISTINE IT’S < in SINE
22   GOATEED (ATE + (groupi)E) in GOD
24   EGESTED ED around GESTE
28 So(L)e LEMON 2 meanings
29   KORE (b)ROKE[N] *
31   RAPE E[NW]RAP with letters cycled
33   LAME EMPAL[E] < − P