Listener Crossword 4152: Solution Notes

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Inn Joke by Mr Lemon

Puzzle explanation

The quotation from unclued entries is Juvenal’s “Nemo repente fuit turpissimus”, which is translated in an appendix in Chambers as “no one ever became utterly bad all at once”. It is also facetiously “translated” by members of the bar as “It takes seven years to become a solicitor”. The originator according to Baron Brampton was probably Lord Young, a Scottish judge and a bencher of the Middle Temple noted for his wit.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint (correction) Answer Explanation
ACROSS
7 V: (E)at NOSH NOS + (banis)H
8 C: (G)rowing ALPINE NEPALI *
9   ECHO ECH + O(thello)
10 I: f(O)rmer PRUCE (s)PRUCE
11 A: Se(E) ELY EL + Y(ellow)
12 C: (W)aste URETIC PICTURE * − P
13 J: (T)est TASTE (TEST A) *
16 N: s(T)ake MISE ME around IS
17 E: star(S) ARGO 2 meanings
18   ROOTS ROOS around T(asmania)
20   ROBBER ROB + BEAR − A
21 V: glo(B)e ORB BRO <
23   PIROG PORGI(e) *
25 B: (F)ruit PRIMEUR IMPURE * + R(umour)
26   ITERUM MIXTURE * − X
27 T: (G)aming RENO ONER <
DOWN
1   LOCARNO RAN * in LOCO
2 S: (G)od’s THOR R after THO’
3 A: Wo(O)d ALERCE CEREAL *
4   KAPUT (A + K) < + PUT
5   ELECTROGRAM ELECT + R + O’ + GRAM
6 S: tow(N) SITE SIT + E(stuary)
14   SOBS OB in SS
15   TIE LINE (IE + LET IN) *
17 O: Aw(A)ke AROUSE A + ROUSE
19 I: M(A)rk TREMA REM in TA
22   BREL B(u)R(r)E(l)L
24   AFRO (FOR A) *
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