Listener Crossword 4245: Solution Notes

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Ghost Story by Plinth

Puzzle explanation

In clue order, corrections to the misprints spelt out “honorificabilitudinitatibus”, which (as Chambers notes) is from Love’s Labour’s Lost. In grid order, the corrections spelt out “Hi ludi, F. Baconis nati, tuiti orbi”, a supposed Latin rendering of “These plays, F. Bacon’s offspring, are preserved for the whole world”. The grid contained the phrase “Love’s Labour’s Lost by W. Shakespeare” (with mirror symmetry), in which W SHAKESPEARE was replaced by FRANCIS BACON to form new words in the crossing down entries. “Honorificabilitudinitatibus” and its anagram are given in Brewer’s Dictionary of Phrase and Fable.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
Across
4   ELIOT ELI + OT
5   DRUIDIC (CUR + DID) * around I
7   KISLEV KIEV around LS <
8   ANODES ANDES around O
10   TRIOR TRIO + R
11   DERNIER REIN < after RED <
Down
1   LIAISES (Soma)LIA IS ES(tablishing)
2   OLOGY O + LOG +Y
3   STEM 2 meanings
6   SLAVONIA AVON in AILS <
9   HOSEA HO + SEA
Unnumbered
  crus(H) LOVES LOAVES − A
  to(O)l RIPSAW RIP + WAS <
  (N)early EEVEN E + NÉVÉ <
  (O)de SESTINE S(ecretiv)E + I in NETS *
  F(R)ee FRANK F + RANK
  pa(I)ns LABOUR LA + BOU(t) + R
  (F)ell DIRER DR around IRE
  m(I)ssing LOST L + (h)OST
  (C)lamorously BELT OUT BELT + OUT
  b(A)ll MESS 2 meanings
  (B)eer SLURP SLUR + P(ETA)
  co(I)n SOLDO S(p)O(i)L(e)D (s)O
  (L)izards AGAMOID (I AM A GOD) *
  J(I)ggles SHAKES SAKES around H
  sen(T) EMAILED DILEMMA * with E for M
  dr(U)m’s DROOME (ca)D ROOM E(rupts)
  (D)ead OGHAM O’ + G + HAM
  b(I)kes ORDINARIES (I + SARDINE OR) *
  S(N)obbish LAH-DI-DAH L + (DID in HA-HA) <
  l(I)teral TREW T(hinking) + RE + W
  Gambi(T)’s OVERTURE OVERT + URE
  f(A)rm VAQUEROS (O + S) after QUAVER *
  Loo(T) BEROB BB around (h)ERO
  kn(I)ves KREESES SEEKERS *
  (B)aiter TEASE homophone of TEAS
  constr(U)ction ROMANESQUE ROMA + QUEEN’S *
  Spen(S)er’s PEARE P(oets) + ERE around A
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