Listener Crossword 4225: Solution Notes

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Innings/Outings by Mohawk

Puzzle explanation

Letters from clues spelt out “Pub cricket: a leg is a run, no legs a wicket”, so a team scores runs for the number of legs when a pub name is seen, and is out if there are none. The leg counts are, Across: Star & Garter (0), Swan & Harp (2), Bull & Gate (4), Rose & Crown (0); Down: Bear & (Ragged) Staff (4), Dog & Duck (6), Ship & Shovel (0). Thus Across scores SIX runs for TWO wickets and Down scores TEN for ONE, represented by substitutions in the grid.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation [extra letter]
Across
1   GARTERED GART + DEER *
6   SHARP SHAR-P(ei)
10 (P)ortal ARCH 2 meanings
11   COLS CO[U]LD with S for D
13 ro(B)es TINEA A after TINE
14   KIA-ORA ([C] + O) in RAIK < + A
15 Pa(R)ted YGOE FOGEY * − F
16   RET (a)RÊT(e)
18   OENOPHILE (I HELP) * after (O + ENO)
19   ORES ØRE + (Fortinbra)S
21   START (STREET + ART) − TREE
23   SEND HOWARD + SEND = HOWARD’S END
25   TE(I)ND END after T
28   OWES (g)O WES(t); ref. Horace Greeley quotation “Go West, young man”
29 (C)lay MARLS 2 meanings
30   JUGA JUG + [K]A
31   DRIFT DR + I + F[E]T
34   SCA(T) S + CA’
35   ASWAN AS + WAN
37 c(A)re RECK FRECKLED − FLED
39   BULL-DANCE (BALD UNCLE) *
43 Appea(L) SOS SO-S(o)
44   P(E)AS PAS
45   SARON(G) NORA’S <
46   AGATE 2 meanings
47   EERY [I]E + (v)ERY
48 gra(S)s RAMI (l)AM(a) in RI
49   ROSET ROSE + (fligh)T
50   CROWN CAP CROWN + CAP
Down
1   G(A)RRISON (GIS + ON) around (R + R)
2   A(R)KED AKED
3   THAW T + H + A(ntarctic) W(arming)
4 lo(U)d RORE ERROR < − R
5   ELA(N)ET E + TEAL <
6   STYPSIS S + TYP + SI[N]S
7   HIGHT WHIG − W + H[O]T
8   REE(L) REE
9   PAL(E)T PAL + (plan)T
11   COOED O’ in COED
12   SHOVELER HOVERS * around L(ak)E
17   TONED TO NED
20   STAFFAGE STAFF + AGE
22   RA(G)A R + A + A
24   EWE(S) (br)EW(ed) + (sp)E(ll)
26   DUCKS DUCK + (ashe)S
27   MATESHIP M + A + (HIS PET) *
29 W(A)y MINDSET MINDS + ETC − C
32 (W)ired TENSER TENS + EAR − A
33   BEERY BEY around [I]RE <
35   ABEAR AR after ABE
36   ALATE (offici)AL [C]ATE(rers)
38   DOGMA (AM GOD) <
40   UPGO U + PG + O[K]
41   CARO CAR[E] + O’
42 gues(T) SORN S OR N; ref. bridge partners
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