Listener Crossword 4172: Solution Notes

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Fruitless Effort by Hypnos

Puzzle explanation

Correct letters for misprints in clues gave “Who breaks … upon a wheel; An Epistle to Dr Arbuthnot; A. Pope”. The full line is “Who breaks a butterfly upon a wheel?” and CAMBERWELL BEAUTY had to be highlighted in the grid, appearing in the appropriate shape of a wheel.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 (W)ine EVADERS (SAVE around RED) <
6 (H)orse STUBBS S + B(ig) B(oats) in TUS(k)
10 l(O)w DEMIREP DEEP around MIR
11 (B)ook CRAB RC < + A + B
13 (R)ack GRIP R in GIP
14 m(E)ans SLOOT ’S + LOOT
15 m(A)rk NOTE 2 meanings
16 boo(K) EVOLUE E + VOLUME − M
18 heart(S) WRITHE WRITE around H
19 f(U)me BATE 2 meanings
21 ki(P) ATIMY AT + M in I(nquir)Y
23 cr(O)ft VELCRO (no)VEL CRO(ft)
25 o(N) TALEGALLA (TALL + A) around (A + LEG)
28 b(A)nd SANCHO ’S + ANCHO(r)
30 (W)ork ABCEE C in (A + BEE)
33 (H)andle COPE PO < in CE
35 bas(E) SCRIPT (C + RIP) in ST
36 s(E)t ARARAT A + R + (TAR + A) <
37 fi(L)m SHOT 2 meanings
38 l(A)ud HENRY HERY around (unio)N; ref. Thierry Henry
39 To(N) COHO C + OHONE − NE
40 l(E)ad ALMA (h)ALMA
41 com(P)uter DESKTOP ESK in DT + OP
42 b(I)ll BEAUNE BEAU + NE(b)
43 cut(S) SLASHES 2 meanings
DOWN
1 (T)oy EDGEWAYS GEW(gaw) in (E- + DAYS)
2 (L)etter VERVE VEE around RV
3 d(E)ft DIPLOMACY DIP + LOMA + C(learl)Y
4 Se(T) RELEASE 2 meanings
5 Pol(O)/Po(O)l SPORTS GROUNDS S + PORTS + ROUNDS in (G + S)
6 Hi(D)e STOWE STOW + E
7 ma(R)e TI TREE TIT + REE
8 Dec(A)y BROTH ROT in BH
9 boa(R)s BATHORSE (THE BOARS) *
12 (B)ock BEER homophone of BIER
17 min(U)s OBIT TOBIT − T
20 (T)eam ALL BLACKS S after ALL BLACK
22 (H)ale TRAUCHLE T + RAUCLE around H
24 (N)ote OVERTOPS (OVERT + PS) around O
26 T(O)gs APPAREL APPEL around (A + ®)
27 (T)ree ACER MACER − M
29 D(A)sh HYPHEN HYP + HEN
31 (P)it OSSA (f)OSSA
32 p(O)ng AROMA A + ROMA
33 (P)ains CTENE C + TENE
34 m(E)at MAHOE (E O + HAM) <
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