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Assuming GnomeSlice wasn't referring to himself in the third person as the 'friend' who did all this:

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A more direct (but boring) question would be, how do you safely remove TNT?

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I'm flattered, but gnomeslice != Raven. You've got the wrong devilishly handsome Minecrafter. –  Raven Dreamer Apr 30 '11 at 2:55
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+1 for ego boost. –  ElfSlice May 25 '11 at 3:39
    
I guess you can remove it with Silk Touch, now? –  Lohoris May 11 at 13:56

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As of Beta 1.7, TNT can only be detonated by fire or redstone, meaning it is now possible to remove placed TNT like any other block.

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Aww, that's no fun. –  Kevin Y Jul 1 '11 at 18:18
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We were real man back in the day, doing real engineering to remove TNT and we didn't have beds neither :P –  dysoco Jul 31 '12 at 22:28

Note:

As of Beta 1.7, TNT can only be detonated by fire, redstone, and explosions, making this answer obsolete — recover your TNT as you would any other block.

For Beta 1.6 and lower:

While you can't recover the TNT, you can remove it safely with water. TNT which is submerged in water when it detonates will not cause terrain damage or trigger nearby TNT. Be careful however, as it will still cause player damage.

With this much TNT, I'd personally play it safe and drop a source block on top of each block of TNT before setting any of them off. Once placed, you should be able to remove all the TNT at once (albeit one at a time) without needing to introduce any more water.

I'll leave answering the follow-up question — how to remove all that water afterward — as an exercise for the reader. ;-)

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Well it looks like it's on the coast near sea-level. I'd be content with a new bay. –  MBraedley Apr 30 '11 at 12:21
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Absolutely! Think positive. ^.^ –  Ben Blank Apr 30 '11 at 16:30

This thread over at the Minecraft forums seems to suggest that placing water next to a block of TNT will negate it, as apparently water will fill in the space occupied by the TNT once the TNT block is removed, thus 'absorbing' the explosion.

I haven't tried it myself, and I'm not sure how it'd work for the above image. :P

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