Listener Crossword 4107: Solution Notes

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European Revolution by Spud

Puzzle explanation

The grid contains a flattened representation of a Rubik’s Cube® with colours written on the six 3x3 faces, to be coloured accordingly (close variations were accepted). Only AUBERGINE (from corrections to down clues) appeared normally in the original arrangement. Corrections to Across clues spelt out “turn steel blue”. Hence rotating the relevant face 90 degrees clockwise to orient STEEL BLUE normally, appropriately shifting the adjacent letters, completed the colours on neighbouring faces. Corrections for the Scrambled clues gave “Rubik’s Cube” (scrambled).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Correction Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 (T)enseless INCANDESCES DANCES * in INCEST − T (tense)
10 (U)N NANA AN(n)AN <, ref. Kofi Annan
11 va(R)iant UNALIKE UNA + LIKE
14   APIOL A + PI + O + L
15 Virgi(N) LAKIN LA + KIN
16 Spen(S)er’s COCH CO(n)CH
19 s(T)ringed REBECKS (u)R(g)E(d) B(e)E(f)C(a)K(e)S
21 (E)d’s COTT C + OTT
26 Se(E) ELYSEE ELY + SEE
34 (L)ead BEELINE (BLIN + E(stonia)) around (E + E)
37 (B)acking IAIDO AID in IO
39 (L)ive DAUBE DAU(ghter) + BE
41 b(U)nk ESCAPEE EPEE around (SC + A(rrest))
43 lon(E) SELFTRAINED FRATERNISED * with L for R
DOWN
1 (A)ll INACCURACIES IN + A’ + C + CURACIES
2   NAP PAN <
5   DUVETS DU + VETS
6 m(U)ster SALE SAMPLE − MP
7 (B)oost EIK (KITE − T) <
8 m(E)ssy SKIS KISS *
9 p(R)inted CENTRESPREAD TRES in (CEN(tury) + PRE + AD)
12   NOBLE BON < + LE
13   LACEY L + ACE + Y
17   OPTED (G)OP + TED
18 (G)o HOT SHOT − S
28 l(I)vely FREDA DEFRA *
29   OGIVE (f)O(e) + GIVE
30 Thi(N) LENDER SLENDER − S
31   TEE T(iger), ref. Tiger Woods
34 m(E)an BASS homophone of BASE
38   ICE RICE − R
SCRAMBLED
22   RELUME (ER around MULE) <
25 (K)in TAUNTS T’ + AUNTS
27 (S)een FEDORA ((Stell)A RODE F(orward)) <
30   LATENS LA + TEN(uto) + S
32   AGREED GREE in AD, ref. 33ac
33   GREE GREE(gree)
36 d(I)tch REEN (ra)re En(gland)
42 (B)anks AREG RE in (A(nother) G(ripe))
3 R(U)les ACCIDENCE ACC(ording) + DEN in ICE
4 Capon(E) INTERNAL INTERN + AL
20 (C)olt GUNMAKERS (MAKES RUNG) *
23 c(R)own AUREOLED A + URE + O + LED
24   RENNE R(ound) E(ach) N(otable) N(eighbour’s) E(stablishment)
35 sp(U)rt FLOP FLO(w) + P
40 (B)illion BEG B + EG
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