Listener Crossword 4187: Solution Notes

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Prize and Prize-winner by Dysart

Puzzle explanation

The NE-SW diagonal contained HARUKI MURAKAMI, who was awarded the Franz Kafka Prize in 2006. The grid also contained FRANZ KAFKA in row 10, and KYOTO, Murakami’s birthplace. The novel Dance, Dance, Dance was represented by 3 REELS in the grid, Norwegian Wood by NOR OAK and Kafka on the Shore by KAFKA above SHORE. The fourth title, The Elephant Vanishes, was represented by the removal of JUMBO.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 DIRKS SKID < around (fou)R
6 ANAGRAM ARMAGNA(c) *
12 LYTTA ((f)ATTY L(igament)) <
13 NILGAI (A + GLIN(t)) < + I
14 WOES WO(lv)ES
15 ANURAN NU in (A + RAN)
16 LEEP PEEL <
17 TONGUING TONING around GU
18 OUST JOUST − J
19 KENTE NT in KEE(p)
21 NOMAS NO MAS
23 VISIONS VIS + IS around ON
26 IMBUES (SUBLIME − L) *
27 GOTHAM GOT + HAM(let)
29 SAILOR TAILOR with different initial
30 EERILY E + RILEY with E moved to the front
32 DEERLET homophone of DEAR + LET
34 IAMBS (A + MB) in I’S
35 INFRA (rejo)IN FRA(ntic)
39 KAES (du)K(e’s) A(pp)E(ti)S(er)
41 LOOK-SEES K in LOOSE + (duk)E’S
42 HORE (c)HORE(s)
43 GLACIS (LAC + IS) after (Cherbour)G
45 NOTE NOT E; ref. marketing classifications A-E
46 AMMANS (A + MAN’S) around M
47 STALK TALKS with S moved forward
48 LYDGATE (L(a)Y + GATE) around D
49 YESES ((part)Y + SEE) * + (Torie)S
DOWN
1 DOW-JONES (DO + W + SEN <) around (J + O)
2 IROQUOIAN (O + QU + O’ + I) in IRAN
3 REELS (S + LEER) <
4 SYRENS SYENS around R
5 STOPOVER STOP OVER could be wordplay for POTS
6 ATE 2 meanings
7 NAPOO NAP + O + O’
8 ANANA (b)ANANA; taking “top banana” as an instruction
9 GINGKO GIN + (w)O(od) after GK
10 AGRIN CHAGRIN − CH
11 HINGES H + INGEST − T
17 TRISUL (TRISUL + A LOT) * = (ALL TO STIR + U) *
20 ENTIA (ess)ENTIA(l)
22 ABLER (f)ABLER
24 SMEEKS S(hip)S around MEEK
25 MAY BEETLE MAYBE + ET + LE; ref. Le Figaro
27 GET AHEAD GET A HEAD
28 MISSTEPS PETS < in MISS
31 GILGAI GIRL − R + GAI(n)
33 EASING PLEASING − PL
34 IF ONLY (FON + L(et)) in I(tal)Y
36 FOAMY OF < + AMY
37 NESSA NA around ESS
38 ZEIST SIZE * + T
40 AEONS (A + PUNCHEONS) − PUNCH
44 UTE MUTE − M
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