Listener Crossword 4250: Solution Notes

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Puzzle explanation

The title phrase is “panta rhei”, defined in Chambers as “everything is in a state of flux”; hence the thematic treatment moves every letter of a word to a different position. The highlighted letters give HERACLITUS (with all letters except the first out of position), to whom the phrase is attributed (in Chambers’ appendix of foreign phrases). Their cell numbers correspond to the same letters in a different order.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Definition (extra letter) Answer Explanation
Across
1 pansy (U) HEART’S-EASE EARTH’S * + (SEE A) *
11   LAPILLI PAL < + ILL + I’
12   METIF MET + IF
14 bird (A) TITMOUSE (TIME TO US) *
15 tricky (S) PRETTY PETTY around (headmaste)R
16   HENT (HEED + WENT) − WEED *
17   CROP (triati)C ROP(e)
19 goblin (R) REDCAP RED + CASTLE − LET’S * + P(arty)
21 goofs (C) LUMMOXES FLUMMOXES − F
24   CROMORNA (ROM in CORN) + A
26 crab (H) genus CANCER ANCE in CR
27   EXIT EXIST − S(tress)
29   ROAD RAD around O(de)
31 bass (I) BURDEN RUB < + (sod)DEN
33 plant (E) BIENNIAL BIEN + LAIN <
34   NIDAL LADIN <
35   VOETSAK (TO SAVE) * + (Springbo)K
36 skippers (T) SCOMBRESOX (SOMBRE around C) + SO + X
Down
2   FOREL FO + RE + (Wil)L
3 governor (A) ALDERMAN ELDER with A for first letter + CAN with M for first letter
4   TIRL (Cel)T(ic) + I(mminent) R(angers’) L(oss)
5 design (P) TATTOO TAT + TO + O
6   PARTERRE P(ond) + TERR in ARE
7 places (T) AIMS I’M in (A + S)
8   FONDAS FONDS around A
9   MUTUCAS (CAST * after UM <) around U(mbrella)
10 becoming (A) harder STEEPENING (PENNINES GET − N) *
13 suitably (N) APPLICABLY APP + BILL * around CA + homophone of WHY
18 deliverance (H) EXORCISM EX + ORC IS + M(outh)
20 funny (I) stories COMEDIES COME + DI + EST − T
22   ALIUNDE (p)ALI(n) + NUDE *
23   CHICON HIC in CON
25 eyelike (R) OCULAR O + C + (d)UL(l) (p)AR(t)
28   OXTER O’ + (EXTRA − A) *
30 annul (E) UNDO UN + DO
32   EVER NEVER − N
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