Listener Crossword 4183: Solution Notes

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Continental Drift by Shark

Puzzle explanation

The associations for down answers were all countries in Europe (at least partly), apart from AFRICA, whose letters formed the outline of the continent.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Entry / association Explanation
ACROSS
1 FASCES ESCAFS (CAFÉS with E moved to the front) around S
7 BOOTS TOBSO OBS in TO
11 PILLAU PILULA PILULA
13 WAUL AWLU U(tter) after AWL
15 PLESSOR SLOREPS SLO(g) + REPS
16 TIV ITV ITV
17 LETHE TEHEL HEL after (TED − D)
19 COWSHED CHEWODS CODS around (HE + W)
22 ÉCLAT LETCA LET + CA
23 FARE EFRA (fromag)E FRA(is)
26 OROGENY ONOYGER O + YON < + GER
28 NOSILY NLSYIO (LION with last letter moved to the front) around SY
29 PEAPOD OPPEAD OPP + EA + D
31 OESTRUS EUTSORS (SUE around ROST) <
33 CHON OCNH O/C + N(ursing) H(ome)
36 STOLE ETSOL (j)ET + SOL
38 OX-FENCE FENXOCE FEN + X + ECO <
40 LOREL ERLOL LOL after ER
43 REF FRE FRE(e)
44 INEPTLY LPYNTIE LP + Y + N + TIE
46 KEEL EKLE (ELK E(merge)) <
47 SEA APE AEAESP SP after (EA + EA) <
48 TELLS LETLS L in LETS
49 GAFFES FAFESG FAG around FES(t)
DOWN
2 SIXTH German, Italian S(occer) + XI < + TH(e)
3 CLOVER Dutch CL + OVER
4 AUNT Welsh (j)AUNT(s)
5 FLY Spanish FLAY − A
6 SASH French S + ASH
7 TILES Dutch TIL + SE(ed) <
8 BARLEY Scotch BAR + LEY
9 SWEAT English SEAT around W
10 MUSTARD English, French STAR in MUD
12 COLLOPS Scotch COL + LOPS
14 RICE Spanish R + ICE
18 OCEAN German (b)EACON *
20 WAY Greek WAYGOOSE − GOOSE
21 DOOR French D + ROO <
24 FLUTE English, German FLU + T(ake) + E
25 VIOLETS African V + (LIE TO) * + S
27 NOSE Greek NO(o)SE
28 NEEDLES Spanish NEEDLESSLY − SLY
30 POX French PO + X
32 SONNET Italian TENNOS <
34 COFFEE Irish, Turkish COF(f) + FEE
35 HEEL French (t)HE EL(evator)
37 STYLE Greek EL < after STY
38 FRIES French F + RIES(ling)
39 CROSS Greek C(a)R(b)O(n) + ’S + S
41 LEAF Dutch 2 meanings
42 LOAF French LO + A + F
45 TEA Russian TEA(r)
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