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In whole, I describe a drink or a relationship.
Remove my front, and I become an obsolete part of a device.
Remove my end, and I become another obsolete part of the same device.
Remove my middle, and I am an endangered species.
Remove my middle again, and I am something that mankind is trying to make obsolete.

What am I?

* Inspired by this riddle and this riddle.

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The solution to this sweet riddle may be

cordial - a non-carbonated drink and warm relations.

Remove my first, I'm an obsolete part of a device. Remove my last, I'm an obsolete part of the same device.

cord and dial - both obsolete for today's phone.

Remove my middle, and I am an endangered species.

coral - a number of species of coral are endangered.

Remove my middle again, and I am something that mankind is trying to make obsolete.

coal - mankind is trying to cut out coal burning.

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  • $\begingroup$ That's awesome. Are you also an NYT crossword hero? $\endgroup$ – javadba Sep 29 at 23:44

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