Listener Crossword 4124: Solution Notes

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Travel Guide by Aedites

Puzzle explanation

The grid represents the Glasgow Subway, consisting of a ring of stations on both sides of the Clyde River. Clockwise from the SE corner, the stations (and extra words from clues) are St Enoch (cost/Hen), Bridge Street (Bridget/trees), West Street (We test/rest), Shields Road (shale/sordid), Kinning Park (rank/pink gin), Cessnock (cocks/sen), Ibrox (rib/ox), Govan (go/van), Partick (tap/rick), Kelvinhall (hall/Kelvin), Hillhead (Ill/He had), Kelvinbridge (bred link/Give), St George's Cross (gores/gets cross), Cowcaddens (Cows/danced), Buchanan Street (Etruscan/Theban). Letters in the X cells spelt GLASGOW. Misprints in clues spelt UNDERGROUND CIRCLE.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Extra or misprint Explanation (with corrected word)
ACROSS
1 COLLABORATIVE c(U)rve (I CARVE BALL TOO) *; (carve)
10 KNAVE Ill KN + EVA <
11 DREAM dea(N) REAM after D; (dead)
12 GONAD hall GOD around NA
14 OSAGE bred link O + SAGE
17 ENEMA tap ENEMY with A for the last letter
18 VALUE gores VAL + (q)U(e)E(n)
19 NERO (D)ome ONER with first letter moved to the end; (Rome)
20 NAOMI m(E)ss (I(rate) + MOAN) <; (miss)
22 TEAR Cows 2 meanings
23 HAUTBOY (R)ipe HAUT + BOY; (pipe)
25 FAERIE Go FAE + RIE(n)
27 POSEUR Etruscan (SO PURE) *
30 VERSANT slan(G) 2 meanings; (slant)
33 GILA rib (a)GIL(e) + A
34 OHMIC (R)an O(live) H(ill) M(an) I(n) C(ircles); (man)
36 LYON cost (sore)LY ON(e)
39 LAIUS cocks CAIUS with L for the first letter
40 ETUDE Bridget DUET * + E(xtra)
41 CRYPT rank CRY + PT
42 LYCEE We test CE in ELY *
43 MOGUL p(O)le 2 meanings; (pile)
44 DWEEB shale W, E in BED <
45 PRISONERS’ BASE ro(U)t SON in PRIER’S + BASE; (root)
DOWN
1 COGENT ma(N)e C/O + GENT; (male)
2 OZONE rick ONE after (O’ + Z)
3 LINER Kelvin LINE + R
4 ANDANTINO Me(D)al (f)ANDANGO − G around TIN; (metal)
5 BAOBAB He had AB after (BA’ + OB)
6 REALM Give REAL + M
7 TREATY gets cross TREY around AT
8 VANUATU danced VAN + A’ in (t)UTU
9 EMPEROR Theban PER in ROME <
13 AMOUR (C)ove CLAMOUR − CL; (love)
15 SHOOT-’EM-UP s(I)tter SHOO + (ME in PUT) <; (setter)
16 ELEVEN tea(R) EN around LEVE; (team)
21 ISOSCELES (C)ot (CHOICES LESS) * − CH; (not)
24 AEOLIC e(L)ected (CIA around LOE) <; (erected)
25 FOG LAMP van MEGAFLOP * − E
26 AVIATOR ox ROTA < around VIA
28 SALTY rest SALT + (da)Y
29 CAUCUS sen CAUS(e) around CU
31 RIOTER sordid (PIERROT − P) *
32 SNEEZE b(E)ast homophone of SNEES; (blast)
35 HAYDN pink gin D(rink) N(ifty) after HAY
37 YUCCA trees Y(ew) U(nder) C(careful) C(ontrol) A(id)
38 ODETS Hen ODES around T’
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