Listener Crossword 4144: Solution Notes

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Location, Location, Location by Shackleton

Puzzle explanation

This puzzle commemorated the 50th anniversary of the death of Ernest Hemingway on 2 July 1961. Corrections to misprints in the definitions spelt out “Sloppy Joe’s Bar, Key West; The Ritz Bar, Paris; El Floridita, Havana”, all bars famously frequented by Hemingway. This hinted that Hemingway was to be found in the bars of the grid. The central cell was required to be split in two by a diagonal bar to give the N of heMINgWay and the separator between 7 down and 31 down. The year 1961 also appeared in the grid, with the same bars used for the 19 and the I and g of heMINgWay. The isolated cells had to be filled to complete the “resonant” title For Whom the Bell Tolls.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 cap(S)tans TAPE TRANSPORT (caps)TANS around PETRA + PORT
13 (L)ocation ATELIER ATE + LIER
14 r(O)le ORFEO (ROMEO with F for M) *
15 (P)ole ROD GROUND − letters of GUN
16 (P)iece ARIA (M)ARIA
17 thing(Y) DOOFER DOER around OF
18 (J)et ANI ANIMAL − MAL
20 (O)pposite ANGSTS ANG + ST + S(pring)
24 gen(E)s MEMES E in MMES’
25 (S)eed SOW 2 meanings
26 (B)it MO 2 meanings
27 L(A)st AMENS MENSA with A moved to front
28 po(R)t ERIE (Col)ERI(dge) + E
29 shrin(K) DARE RACED * − C
30 m(E)ssage SENDER REDNES(s) <
32 grav(Y) NAIRAS (IN A) * + RAS
34 (W)ager ANTE homophone of ANTI
35 mal(E) STAG T for W in SWAG
36 (S)ell SCALP S + C + ALP
37 (T)hanks TA (me)AT <
38 En(T)ity ENS E + SN <
39 Boc(H)e HANSA (HAS + A + N) *
40 b(E)ats REDOWA REDO + W + A
42 sco(R)e TEN EATEN − EA
43 r(I)de TIVOLI VIT(r)IOL *
46 Proper(T)y LAND (p)LAN D(etached)
48 do(Z)e INN IN + N
49 (B)elt ATOLL TO in ALL
50 Gre(A)t INTENSE INT + ESNE with S and N swapped
51 (R)ep SALES ENGINEER (A SERENE SINGLE) *
DOWN
1 (P)astes TARAMASALATAS (A + MASALA) in TART + AS
2 m(A)ke ATONEMENTS AMENTS around (NOT < + E)
3 c(R)owning PEDIMENTAL ((custar)D + PIE) * + MENTAL
4 P(I)tch E-LA EL + A
5 This(S) TIRASSE T’ + (RAISE + (fund)S) *
6 plac(E)d REINSERTED REIN + DETERS *
7 (L)ead ARAGORN R in ARAGON; ref. Catherine of Aragon
8 (F)ire SOOT (TO + OS) <
9 (L)ine PROSODICAL PRO + SO + C in DIAL
10 (O)n OFF (t)OFF
11 (R)uff REE E’ER <
12 F(I)x TORQUE SPANNER (EQUESTRIAN SPORTSMAN) * − (AS MIST) *
19 (D)efined GENDER ROLE (’D + ERROL) in GENE
21 Per(I)od SWING-SWANG SWING + GNAWS <
22 plan(T) AMARANTINE (MA + RANT) in AINE
23 W(A)y MORAL SENSE (ORAL’S + ENS) in ME
31 s(H)eep LANOLIN (LA + LIN) around NO
33 r(A)ce ASHANTI A + SHAN’T + I(mport)
41 mo(V)ers ELLS SELL with first letter last
44 f(A)n-shaped ITA ITALIAN − LIAN(a)
45 patter(N) VOL VOLLEY − LEY
47 p(A)st DEN 2 meanings
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