Listener Crossword 4053: Solution Notes

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Phoney by Wasp

Puzzle explanation

The five-letter entries are all words which may be prefixed by “tele-”. In grid order, the corrected clues to eight-letter entries were as shown in the table below. These have corrected misprints as 7, 6, 7, 7, 8, 4, 7, 8, which generate “spurious”, a synonym for the title.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 UVEA Hidden & lit
4 PECCAVIS 7322284(7)
10 NIOBATE ATE after NOB about I
12 POINT TELEPOINT
13 GENIC TELEGENIC
14 OWED O(peration) + WE’D
15 THEREOUT 84373(6)88
16 SEAMAS SEA + MAS
17 URDU UR + DU
19 TSUNAMI T’ + S + UN + AMI
23 SNYE SE about (not in) NY
24 TACT ’T + ACT
25 INTRUST US in (INT + RT)
26 NOSE OS (Ordnance Survey) in (N + E)
28 TAKE UP Homophone (TAY CUP)
31 ARCHDUKE 2(7)243853
34 PRAU First letters
35 CASTS TELECASTS
36 TYPES TELETYPES
37 BEHIGHT HIGH in BET
38 USERNAME 8(7)376263
39 ROSY S(ummer) in ROY
DOWN
1 UNGOTTEN (8)6468836
2 VIEWS TELEVIEWS
3 ABIDANCE 22(4)32623
4 PACT PUT, A/C for U
5 CERESIN CERES + IN
6 A ONE ALONE – L; see one
7 VISOR TELEVISOR
8 INCUDES INES (Vigo is in Spain, the origin of the name) about CUD
9 STET SESTET – ES
11 TAHA (A + HAT) <; ref a bird
12 PURIST PUT about SIR <
17 UNREPAIR 8673(7)247
18 UNTRUSTY 8687(8)789
20 STOREYS Composite anagram of STEREOTYPES, using PETE
21 AT ODDS AT(’s) ODDS; “price” as in betting
22 MITUMBA MIT (German) + (b)UMBA(g)
27 SCOPE TELESCOPE
29 AKEE À (from) + homophone (KEY)
30 PATHS TELEPATHS
31 AITU IT in AU
32 HUER NG in answer gives HUNGER
33 ECHE Hidden
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