Listener Crossword 4209: Solution Notes

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City Crossing Tour by Merlin

Puzzle explanation

Corrections to misprints spelt out “shade river blue; Königsberg; Euler”. Cells containing the letters of RIVER give a rough map of Königsberg’s river, crossed by seven bridges as in the classic problem. Euler proved that it is impossible to follow a continuous route using each bridge once. The problem was resolved here by adding an eighth crossing (a tunnel). Any straight or curved lines making the right connections were accepted.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
Across
2 mis(S)ed LOSS (g)LOSS
5   MALT-DUST (A + LTD) in MUST
11 c(H)opper PALSTAFF STAFF after PAL
12   ULNA L in UNA
14   RORIER ERROR * around I
15 Carous(A)l UPSEY UP + YES <
16 goo(D) TOL-LOL TO + LOLL <
18 J(E)ws SHAVUOTH (V(icious) S(hark) A(ttack) H(appening) + OUT) * + H(orrific)
19 (R)oster ROTA ROT + A
20   HOLEY HOY around LE
21   NAUSEANT NAUNT around SEA
24   RUDD RUDD(y)
26 j(I)b GENOA GEN + O/A
28 re(V)iving REVIVOR REV + IVOR
29 dr(E)ss PRIMP PIMP around R
31 Fea(R) ANGST (g)ANGST(ers)
34 (B)oundless VAST ST after VA(c)
35   NOTANDA NOT + AND + A
37   BAYOU BA + YOU
39 sa(L)e DUTCH AUCTIONS DUTCH + U in ACTIONS
41   JATAKA JAT + A + KA
42 Ga(U)ges ASSAYS AS + SAY + (Indu)S
43 wor(E) SAYONS SANS around YO
Down
1   UPGUSH U + PUSH around G
2   LAMPHOLE L + AMPLE around HO
3   OLD SALT (LAD LOST) *
4 (K)eep STAY 2 meanings
5 Brand(O) MARLON MARL + ON
6   AFOOT OOF < in (A + T)
7   THIOLS THIS around (O + L)
8   DUEL DUE + L
9 (N)ose SNOOT TOONS <
10 St(I)ff TARLATAN LA in TARTAN
13   REVERIST I’S in REVERT
16 Slo(G) THUMP H in TUMP
17 (S)ub LOAN LOAN in SE = SLOANE
22 (B)lake ADRY DR in AY
23   SRADDHA (RASH DAD) *
25 mat(E)s DONNATS N in DONAT + S(chool); ref. Norman Clegg in Last of the Summer Wine
26 fa(R)e GRUB BURG <
27   OPSONIN POISON * + N
30   MAYOR MAYO + R
32 (G)rief GOTHS GHOST *
33 r(E)ars BACKS CAB < + KS
34 f(U)rry VAIRY I in VARY
35 (L)oony NUTS STUN <
36 od(E) DUAN DUN around A
38   USES E in USS
40 (R)icks HAY 2 meanings
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