Solve the clues and place the answers into the grid to find a final one-word answer.

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  1. Mepyceroѕ aelampus
  2. Рymaliscus dagargus
  3. Lumaliscus danatus jimela
  4. Grilvicapra symmia
  5. Agelaphus trangasii
  6. Mantidоrcas arsupialis
  7. Piadоqua maceпtinii
  8. Bulcelaphus aselaphus

The question title:

Crossword Archibald. (Remove the last two letters of each word).

The final word you're looking for is:


The missing words are:


How to get the missing words:

By swapping the first (one, two, or three letters) of the given words, which gives you the names of the species.

The solved crossword puzzle:


Detailed explanation:

How each word is transformed:

1. Mepyceroѕ aelampus        -> Aepyceros melampus        -> Impala.
2. Рymaliscus dagargus       -> Damaliscus pygargus       -> Bontebok.
3. Lumaliscus danatus jimela -> Damaliscus lunatus jimela -> Topi.
4. Grilvicapra symmia        -> Sylvicapra grimmia        -> Duiker.
5. Agelaphus trangasii       -> Tragelaphus angasii       -> Nyala.
6. Mantidоrcas arsupialis    -> Antidorcas marsupialis    -> Springbok.
7. Piadоqua maceпtinii       -> Madoqua piacentinii       -> Silver dik-dik.
8. Bulcelaphus aselaphus     -> Alcelaphus buselaphus     -> Hartebeest.
Note: I actually don't know a single one of these animals (which makes the job A LOT harder). I had to do a do some very deep investigation :D

1 Which is also a nice-looking animal. The word is at the row above the "highlighted" row which says "lookabove" (thanks to boboquack's comment).

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    $\begingroup$ Welcome to Puzzling! What a great answer; if only all new puzzlers could have first answers of this quality! But I'm fairly certain your answer is slightly wrong; you might want to yvgrenyyl ybbx nobir gubfr jbeqf (use rot13 from this site to decode the last 5 words). Good luck with your future puzzling! $\endgroup$ – boboquack Oct 13 '18 at 8:35
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    $\begingroup$ @boboquack LOL, how did I miss that? :D Should I edit the answer? $\endgroup$ – Ahmed Abdelhameed Oct 13 '18 at 8:39
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    $\begingroup$ Of course, you did the most of work anyway! There's nothing lost by editing the answer, and quite a bit more gained. $\endgroup$ – boboquack Oct 13 '18 at 8:42
  • $\begingroup$ Well done! Everything's correct. Just to point out that the individual answers... (rot13) nera'g whfg nal navznyf – gurl'er nyy fcrpvrf bs nagrybcr! :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Oct 13 '18 at 13:56

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