Listener Crossword 4227: Solution Notes

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42 by Xanthippe

Puzzle explanation

Eight pairs of answers passed through “wormholes”, to conclude in their partner's place in the grid. The affected pairs were (s/igh, n/ame), (continu/ed, st/um), (man/go, Er/se), (pi/ll, to/ne), (war/time, space/ship), (pu/ts, tran/ce), (cubi/cal, numerologi/sts), (ad/ept, sw/ore).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
Across
1 SIGH (HG + IS) <
4 CONTINUED COUNT IN with U moved to the end + ED
10 PENDULUM NUDE * in PLUM
11 MANGO MANG + O’; AMONG *
12 AÇAÍ A + CAI(n)
15 PILL P(roscribe) + ILL
16 TITI TIT + I’
17 DEPRAVE ((PR + A) after E) in (DIVE − I)
18 ERSE AVERSE − AV
19 PALEST PALE + SET − (th)E
23 TROOP (TROOP + CUTLASS) * = (SCOUT PATROLS) *
24 IN ESSE (bus)INESSE(s)
25 SENSES SENT + SETS − T − T
28 SHOWY SHADOWY − AD
31 ESSIVE IV in ESSE; ref. 24ac
32 LINE NILE with all but last letter reversed
34 WARTIME (W + ARMY − Y + E) around TI
35 PUTS (ST + UP) <
36 NAME (E + MAN) <
38 TONE TO + NE
40 AREAS (f)AR EAS(tern)
41 PARTERRE (RTE + R) in PARE
43 STUM MU(t)TS <
Down
1 SPACESHIP ’S + PACE + S + HIP
2 MNA MAN *
3 EDITOR (OT in RIDE) <
4 CUBICAL CUB + I + (L after CA)
5 NUMEROLOGISTS (M + LORE < + O + GIST) in NUS
6 IMP IMPROVE − ROVE
7 NAPALM CALM with NAP for C
9 MEEK M + EEK
13 ADEPT (P(o)T(t)E(r) A(i)D(s)) *
14 OPPO POOP with halves switched
16 TRANCE TRACE around ’N’
20 STERNE ERNEST with ST moved to the top
21 TASSELLED (TAS + SEED) around (L + L)
22 MESSAGER MESS + A + GER
25 SWORE ((th)E + ROW S) <
26 EYE-PITS (YES around PIT) after (engin)E
27 DIRHAM RID < + HAM
29 HE-HE (EH + EH) <
30 FLUTES F + LUTES
33 GNAW WAG < around N
37 ASH (w)ASH
39 ORT (t)ORT(e)
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