Listener Crossword 4160: Solution Notes

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Stress Gauges by Calmac

Puzzle explanation

Correct letters for misprinted clues provided the hint “five clues are to be regarded as exemplary”. The remaining clues exemplified different metrical feet, whose names were to be entered in the grid in place of the clues’ answers.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 (F)illers STOPGAPS STOP + G(uns) A(s) P(eople) S(catter)
7 Wh(I)t SNAP PANS <
10 inter(V)al LULL LL around U(unseemly) L(outishness)
11   ELEMENTS cryptic definition (As = arsenic, I = iodine)
12 val(E) ADIEU DIE in AU
13 pri(C)k SPINOSE NOSE after SPI(n)
15 cand(L)es CHANDLER HANDLE in CR
16   TROUBLES ROUBLES after T
20 gr(U)bbing EELWORM OWL < in MERE *
21 c(E)ntred ULTRA (foye)R in (U + LTA)
22 (S)ettles RESTS (c)RESTS
24 r(A)g GINGHAM (GOING − O) + HAM
26 a(R)m FORELIMB MILER < in FOB
28 Pol(E) WHITE SEA (WITH + EASE) *
32   DACOITY DAY around (CO + IT)
33 ne(T)s TRAPS (SP + ART ) <
34 (O)z ADELAIDE LAID in (A + DEE)
35 a(B)ility ABLE B(eguine) in ALE
36 po(E)t MESE (so)ME SE(nd)
37   SPONSORS (PRO’S SONS) *
DOWN
1 Di(R)ty SLATTERN RATTLES * + N
2 W(E)lsh TUDOR UT < + DOR(m)
3 char(G)es PLEA PLEA(sure)
4 p(A)nts GAUCHOS GAUC(y) + HOST − T
5 Si(R)e PAPA PA + PA
6 Ri(D)e SPIN P in SIN
7 sho(E) SANDAL SAND + AL(e)
8 (D)ate NEOLITHIC (INTO CHILE) *
9 s(A)le ASSES ASSES(s)
14 (S)un’s SOLSTICES SICES around LOST *
17 H(E)nce ERGO (ste)ER GO(ndola)
18 Re(X) EMIR (c)RIME(s) <
19   REMEDIES REME + DIES
21 l(E)ft UNEATEN U(pwards) + NEATEN
23 e(M)it TATTLE (Clemen)T ATTLE(e)
25 (P)ass SHADE HEADS *
27 (L)eaves MAPLE PL in MAE
29 (A)vian EYAS (SAY + E) <
30 E(R)r SLIP S + LIP
31 T(Y)pe BRAD BRA + (woo)D
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