Listener Crossword 3964: Solution Notes

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Class by Gioconda

Puzzle explanation

The modes of entry were Fat (extra letter in middle); Thin (middle letter missing); Tall (extra letter at end); Short (last letter missing); Disruptive (jumbled); Average (no change). Potential ambiguities were fixed by realising that the thematic letters were the same in each pair fat/thin and tall/short. Answers that are jumbled or have elided letters are listed in the table below. Misprinted words in definitions are also shown there.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Clue type Answer Explanation
SET ONE
22a misprint: S(A)y STATE TAT in (S + E)
34a fat LAND LA + ND (North Dakota)
35a short LUNGE (EG + NUL(l)) <
19d disruptive STANES TANE in SS
23d tall AVESTA AV + EST + A
25d thin TONSURE TO + NURSE*
SET TWO
6a disruptive TENTER NT in TEER
14a tall GEM MEG <
17a fat EMURED ME < + U + RED
37a thin EPOCH EP + O + CH
2d misprint: (C)over EYELID EYE + LID
9d short ÉCARTÉ EC + ARE about T
SET THREE
11a fat EYEING EYE + IN + G
24a tall STUD T in SUD
1d short REHEARSAL SHARE* in REAL
28d thin AUTOCUE AUTO + CU + E
32d disruptive HELMS HS about ELM
36d misprint: (C)reek GIO G + IO
SET FOUR
18a short RESET STEER*
40a disruptive ROSTER STORE* + R
5d misprint: nos(E) SNEERS S + N + REES*
13d tall LURED LUR + ED
29d thin CANNERS CRS about ANNE
30d fat SMIT TIM’S <
SET FIVE
16a fat ELUL E + LUL(l)
31a misprint: banne(D) TABU TAB + U
38a disruptive RICIN RI + C + IN
3d short DEXTROUS D + SEX ROUT*
7d tall EMEUS MEUSE, E to start
26d thin LATTENS NEST* after LAT
SET SIX
1a thin REDOWAS DOWAGERS* – G
21a disruptive DOGGERS DOERS about GG
33a tall INMATE IN + TEAM*
39a fat JUMARS J(ewellery) + U(pon) + MARS
4d short AIGLET GET ALI*
8d misprint: spo(I)l RET RE + T(urning)
SET SEVEN
12a fat MEAL A in MEL
15a short TASSE TASSE + E
27a disruptive ENCLAVE L in EN + CAVE
41a tall ESSES Built using geographical directions
10d thin NASCENT NA + SCENT
20d misprint: tu(N)es MELODISE MISE about ELO + D
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