Listener Crossword 4142: Solution Notes

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Noye by Samuel

Puzzle explanation

The theme was the saying, “Procrastination is the thief of time”, from Night Thoughts by Edward Young. All instances of T were removed from across answers on entry and every down clue needed a T reinstated before solving. Apart from some standard wording, the only occurrences of T anywhere in the puzzle were in the grid’s barred-off cells, producing PROCRASTINATION in a T shape. The thematically treated phrase was (T)EMPUS FUGI(T); the title represents “no(t) ye(t)”.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Correction Answer Explanation
ACROSS
2   SUTRAS TRA(m) in SUS
6   TO AND FRO TO HAND − H + FOR *
11   TRANSFIX TRAINS − I’ + FIX
12   LACTEAL (s)LAC(k) + TEAL
13   TOTALITARIAN TOTAL + I + TAR + I + AN
14   EAT UP EA + PUT <
15   RASTRUM RAST + RUM
17   ARTEFACT (C)ARTE(r) + FACT; ref. Howard Carter
19   PINTO PIN + TO
20   LITHE LIT + HE
21   SHITTIM SHIP − P + MITT <
25   EFFETE E + F + FETE
27   TENTS 2 meanings
28   REGENT RE + GENT
29   STRAMP STRAP around M
31   LOVAT VAT after (s)LO(w)
33   TERRY TEARY with R for (mam)A
35   ROASTER (Deli)A in ROSTER
37   SMELTER SMELT + ER
40   LENTI LENT + I(cebergs)
41   UPSHOOTING (dam)P in US + HOOTING
42   ABATURE AB + MATURE − M
43   NETIQUETTE BRIQUETTE with NET for BR
44   MANTISSA ANT in MISSA
45   WEFTED W(oodpil)E + F + TED
DOWN
1 Hear(t) ORDEAL (m)OR(e) + DEAL
2 Mis(t)er SAMARIFORM M in (FIRS’ AROMA) *
3 La(t)in UNDUE UNDULATE − LAT
4 plan(t)s AFARAS A + FAR + AS
5 Pi(t) SILO IS < + LO(w)
6 S(t)eer OXIC OX + I/C
7 pe(t)al ALARMISM ALA + (M + IS) in RM
8 (t)horny NARAS NA + RAS
9 (t)error FEARING F + EA + RING
10 Be(t)a OLD MOON (BOLD + M + OON) − B
16 No(t) UNREVENGED REVENUE with G for U(nion) in (UN + D)
18 Die(t) FEED FEE + D
22 s(t)ars HEREROES ER in HEROES
23 A(t) INA IN + A
24 (T)rue VELA VERA changing R to L
25 (T)own EVESHAM EVE + ’S + HAM
26 for(t) FIREPAN F + IRE + PA + N
30 s(t)eed POWNIE POW + NIE
32 gran(t) ARISEN AIR * + SEND − D
34 Lamber(t) LEHRS L + HER * + S
36 Par(t) SEGUE (cour)SE GUE(ssed)
38 (t)op IONA (F)IONA
39 vis(t)a VIEW VIE + W
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