Listener Crossword 4021: Solution Notes

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Mazy by Salamanca

Puzzle explanation

The chain, which was to be highlighted, of cord, rope, twine, string, cotton and thread allowed one into (and out of) the labyrinth, avoiding occupying any cell in common with the Minotaur. Clue answers in order: residentship, ana, lauf, erick, amines, medick, dere, Eroica, ords, suint, host, stoep, ordeal, TNT, baht, retinae, AWOL, mbira, pillau, roadcraft, sneb, Akira, restringe, knot, auspice, tiki, Bedrock, rec, dram, rare, caballo, siri, improper, peni, tenon, defer, monals, suttle, ties, untames, baa, frati, au naturel, shade, shirr, nong, cot, tondini, packthread.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

Answer Explanation
ACROSS
RESIDENTSHIP (THE + N + SPIDER’S) * about I
ANA Hidden
LAUF L + AUF; the clue should have read “on”, not “from”: confusion between auf and aus
ERICK ERK about I/C
AMINES A (are) + MINES
MEDICK MEDIC + K
DERE DEREPRESS – PRESS
EROICA EROTICA – T
ORDS Plural of (SWORD – ORD)
SUINT (IT + SUN) *
HOST GHOST – G(uest-list)
STOEP (THAT’S OPEN – THAN) * & lit
ORDEAL ORAL about (D + E)
TNT TAINT – A1
BAHT BAT about H; put on = dressed
RETINAE TINA in REE(l)
AWOL (LOW + A) <
MBIRA (Fir)M + (thum)B + AIR * & lit
PILLAU PILLAR – R + U
ROADCRAFT ART OF CAR D(riving) *
SNEB BENS <
AKIRA AKA about (I + R)
RESTRINGE REST + RINGE(r)
KNOT Two definitions; reference knot for tie
AUSPICE AU + SPICE
TIKI (I + KIT) <
BEDROCK (BE + ROCK) about D(rumming); reference The Flintstones
REC Homophone (WRECK)
DRAM MARD <
RARE RA(w) + RE(d)
CABALLO (B + A) in LOCAL *
SIRI IRIS <
IMPROPER IMP + ROPER
PENI PE + ’N’ + I
TENON Ace + ten gives 21 (pontoon in game of that name)
DEFER REFED <
MONALS SALMON *
SUTTLE Two definitions + homophone (SUBTLE)
TIES Two definitions
UNTAMES NUMA SET *
BAA B(reakdown) + AA
FRATI A RIFT *
AU NATUREL (REAL AUTUMN – M) *
SHADE Two definitions
SHIRR Hidden
NONG N in NOG
COT Two definitions
TONDINI (RENDITION – RE) *
PACKTHREAD (PED + HATRACK) *
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