Listener Crossword 3960: Solution Notes

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Misprinted Choice by Schadenfreude

Puzzle explanation

Misprinted words in clues were Across: 1 Nuts 14 Hold 16 went 17 lover 18 than 23 feed 25 showy 31 nobles 36 land 42 top 46 cattle 48 fighting 51 Bore; Down: 1 Roots 2 b/tanker 11 house 24 torch 29 nanny 34 hinders 40 Lens 47 bog. Misprints, with an ambiguity at 2dn, spelled out “The Lady’s not for b/turning”. One version is from a speech of Margaret Thatcher, the other a Christopher Fry play title. Clashing letters on one diagonal could be resolved to reveal either originator’s name. To determine which was required, solvers had to spot the other diagonal read “Birth Centenary” upwards, thus Christopher Fry (born December 18, 1907) was the correct choice.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint
correction
Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 Nu(t)s MAST (A + ST) after M
5   PREACHIFY (PARTY CHIEF – T)*
13   OATEN (O + ATE) for MA in MAN
14 (H)old NELSON (Ernie) ELS in NON; reference to wrestling hold
15   COGENT GEN in COT
16 w(e)nt GAED GAD about E
17 (l)over ISOLDE IS + OLD + E; reference Tristan and Isolde
18 th(a)n UNDER UN + D + RE <
19   OVERSEE VERSE in OE
21   ENEMATA MEN < in EAT + A
23 fee(d) STOOGE STOGE(y) about O
25 show(y) TATT TTT about A
28   REJONEO (ENJOY MORE – MY <)*
30   SERAI ’S + IRE < about A(mir)
31 noble(s) EARLS EARLY – Y + ’S
33   PARNELL PA + R + NELL; reference Charles Stewart Parnell
36 la(n)d ACRE A + CRE(w)
37   AEOLIC AE + O + C about (Po)LI(sh); reference computing language C
39   TEASHOP (E + HAS)* in TOP
42 t(o)p DREIDEL D + RELIED*; “on”, as getting drunk, indicating anagram
44   AKITA A + KIT + A
46 ca(t)tle POONAC PO + ON + A/C
48 (f)ighting MERI MERIT – T(inder)
49   ORCHID ORD about CHI
50   PAINIM P + A + MINI <
51 B(o)re DREED D + REED
52   BROWN COAL LOW CARBON*
53   BRER B + RE + (Ma)R(ch)
DOWN
1 (R)oots COCCOS C in COCOS
2 (b/t)anker AHOY AY about HO
3   STRAE STRAD + E – D
4   INN SIGN IN + N + SIGN
6   RED-LETTER RED SETTER, L for S
7   ELUDE Composite anagram: TACT + ELUDE → CLAUDETTE
8   ASPEN AS + PEN
9   COQUETS CROQUET – R + S
10   IBADAT (B + ADA) in IT; reference computing language ADA and euphemism for sex
11 ho(u)se FREE F + EER <
12   YGDRASIL GIRL SADLY* – L
17   GROOLY G + R + LOO < + Y(aws)
20   ETEN w(E) + TEN; reference honour as in high-value card
22   THALI THAI about L(ong)
24 to(r)ch TEADE DATE* + (gentl)E; reference “Blind” as in drunk
26   ANHEDONIA IN A HEAD-ON*
27   RENOIR ONER < + IR
28   RENTAMOB TWO BARMEN* – W
29 (n)anny TAHR H in TAR, the H after A (= all) to distinguish from THAR
32   SAHARAN S + A + H + ARAN
34 h(i)nders RETARDS RD’S about RATE <
35   HAIRDO HAIR + DO
38   CLODDY (ODDLY + C)*
40 Le(n)s OPTIC TOPIC*
41   PORNO POR + NO
43   DEFER (on)E in (DEF + R)
45   KEIR (IE < + R) after K
47 bo(g) MIRE SIRE with M for S
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