An Exchange of Letters by Harribobs

Puzzle explanation

The new letters (corrections to misprints) in the across clues spelt out “Kéramos, Henry W Longfellow”, the title and author of the poem that provided the quotation given by changes made to grid entries:

[Turn, turn, my wheel!] All things must change
To something new, to something strange

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
Across
1 (K)notty EROTEMES THREESOME * − H
6 dr(E)ss SEWER 2 meanings
10 ca(R)pus PISIFORM PI + IS < + FORM
11 be(A)t CANE CAN + E
12 for(M)ing CLOTTING (C + LING) around OTT
14 p(O)ck SPOT S(u)P(p)O(r)T
16 As(S) JERK J + ER + K
18 pat(H) LINE LIE around (Belgia)N
19 (E)tch LUREX RE in LUX
20 I(N) WEETEST WEE TEST
21 Chatte(R) YOGAS GAS after YO(u)
24 stra(Y) ERMINED MERCHANDISE * − CASH *
27 (W)ater SPRAY S(on) + PRAY
29 (L)ip ELLIPSE ELSE around LIP
31 f(O)rm STERE TREES *
32 (N)ot IN IT I + UNIT − U
34 Mi(G)s JETS JET + S
36 (F)ight AGON AGO + (autum)N
37 (E)mpires PREMIERS R in EMPIRES *
38 (L)ass GIRL GI + R, L
39 p(L)ank STRINGER STINGER around R
40 Blo(O)d RAYON O in YARN *
41 s(W)apping TRUSSERS TRADERS with RUSS for RAD
Down
1   EPISODES ODES after (EPI(c) + S)
2   RIPPLY homophone of RIPLEY; ref. The Talented Mr Ripley etc
3   WILTS WILTS(hire)
4   MOTE (a)M(in)O(bu)T(en)E
5   SMIDGEN MIDGE in S(ki)N
6   SAGELY SAY around GEL
7   WATER TAPS W + A + SPATTER *
8   ESTREAT EST + RE + AT
9   LEAKS LAKES with E moving
13   OILER TOILER − T
15   ANCIENT ref. Royal and ANCIENT golf club
17   SECRETARY A(ccounts) in (SECRET + RY)
22   PLEDGERS P + LEDGERS
23   APHELIA AMELIA with (P + H) for M
25   VAINEST I in VAN + EST
26   SLATE S + LATE
28   SERRAN ERRAN(t) after S
30   SLOWER S + LOWER
31   SNAGS NAG in SS
33   DARES D + ARES
35   BIRO RIB < + O
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