Listener Crossword 3992: Solution Notes

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Tour de France by Pilcrow

Puzzle explanation

Solvers were required to highlight “La Tour Eiffel” in the completed grid. Clue answers are given in the table below. Publishing the puzzle on the penultimate day of (LE) Tour de France was, of course, a deliberate red herring, as was the clue gimmick used.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
2 INHALATOR LA in (IN + ROTA <) about H
9 URDÉ RUDE*
12 JESTS (bandi)T in JESS
13 CONVALLARIA ARIA after ((O + N + V) in CALL)
14 AVID (D)AVID
15 ARGUE ARE about GU
17 FLECK FECK about L
19 DOR ROD (as measure) <
20 RORTS ROTS about R
21 PER REP < (PER = A)
22 SALAD SAL + AD (Dame of the Order of Australia); reference Dame Edna Everage
24 ALLOT A LOT about L
27 RICY R + ICY
29 FIFTH COLUMN Location of the entry 11dn
30 DIANA NAIAD*
31 LIAS SAIL <
32 COLLEAGUE COL + LE + AGUE
DOWN
1 OVULE OLÉ about UV <
2 DUNG-HUNTERS HUN TRUDGES* about N
3 DÁIL DAIL(y)
4 LATTE Homophone (T) in LATE
5 TRACTOR CART < + TOR
6 IBIS I + BIS
7 CLANJAMFRAY CLAN + JAM + FRAY
8 LEECH LEE + CH
10 VEADAR RAVED* about A
11 FIELD GRAY LED* in FIG + RAY
12 LIFESAVER (LES + AVER) about IF
16 SLANDER (I)SLANDER
18 SKETCH S(harp) K(nife) + ETCH
22 PLAID Two definitions; PLAID is Welsh for “party”
23 HOURI OUR in HI
25 IGLOO GI < + LOO
26 MAUD Two definitions; see meaning of Matilda = Maud
28 TALC Hidden
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