Listener Crossword 4120: Solution Notes

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Cross-country by MynoT

Puzzle explanation

The message from omitted letters read “colour appropriately cells containing letters of theme”. The theme is Switzerland’s Latin title, Confederatio Helvetica, given in Chambers as the origin of the Swiss vehicle registration abbreviation, CH. The cells containing these letters were to be coloured red, revealing the Swiss flag. (The Swiss flag is square; almost all others are rectangular.)

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 OFFEN(C)E OFF + EN + CE
5 C(O)NCEAL ONCE in CAL
10 LOO RO(L)L LOLL around (OO + R(epair))
14 TIV(O)LI TIVO + LI
15 ACO(U)CHI COUCH in AI
16 (R)ETELL RE + TELL
19 LOC(A)L 2 meanings (LO-CAL, LOCAL)
20 (P)ERL L after PER
21 CA(P)SULE CAPS + ULE
22 HAA(R) RA(j)AH <
23 FL(O)SSY F + LOSSY
24 SUM(P)IT homophone of SOME + PIT
27 D(R)OWSY SWORD < + Y(ouths)
29 PSM(I)TH PITH around SM; ref. P. G. Wodehouse character
31 DEV(A) DEVASTATE − STATE
32 COU(T)URE CURE around OUT
33 ERI(E) (p)ERRIE(r) − R
35 INTI(L) INTI + L
36 (Y)ARRAN YARRAMAN − MA
38 AR(C)H-FOE (EACH FOR) *
41 LI(E)VER E in LIVER
42 LIONCE(L) LL around (I + ONCE)
43 AI(L)ERON AIL + ER + ON
44 ECLAIR(S) EC + LAIRS
DOWN
1 (C)OLLEEN COLON with LEE for O
2 F(O)ETOR FOE + TOR
3 E(N)ROL (LORN + E) <
4 NO(T)T NOTTS − S
6 N(A)TO (W)OTAN <
7 (I)CICLE (ICI + LE) around C
8 ALICA(N)T ALI CAN’T
9 LILL(I)AN LILLIPUTIAN − (I PUT)
11 (N)OVELLO NOVEL + LO
12 (G)LASSY GASSY around L(itany)
13 (L)ACMUS LAC + MUS
17 LASSO(E)D LASS + OED
18 FLUS(T)RA FLU + RATS *
25 ITERAN(T) ITINERANT − IN
26 C(E)DILLA (ra)CED ILL-A(dvisedly)
27 DENA(R)II DEN + AR(e) + I’ + I(nfluenza)
28 YUPON(S) (SO PUNY) *
29 PUMEL(O) UP < + MEL + O
30 (F)AINTER FAIN + T + ER (erbium, atomic no. 68)
32 CI(T)HER THRICE *
34 RANC(H)I RANCH + I
37 (E)RROL (swashbuckl)ER ROL(es); ref. Errol Flynn
39 FRO(M) FROMAGE − AGE
40 RIC(E) PRICE − P
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