1. Dad’s trouble returning, male truly lacking ultimate yen POPODAMVER (pop + ado, rev. + m + ver(Y); DAM in POPOVER)
11. Oysters copper consumed in Teresa’s place AVICULA (Cu in Àvila) The Teresa in the clue is St Teresa of Àvila, the 16c Spanish mystic.
15. Drive work on loosed individual game dogs DROPPERS (Dr op pers(on)) Several elements to join together in this charade, ‘on loosed individual’ for ‘pers(on)’ being the trickiest. A dropper is a dog trained to drop to the ground when game is sighted.
16. It may be hard to administer when one of pair leaves HAPLY (H + ap(p)ly) The definition ‘it may be’ is very well hidden.
26. See preamble SOWPIASTREENS (PIASTRE in SOWENS) This is the coin and pudding combination the solver must provide a clue for.
29. Working in university with Oxford exam coming round MODUS (U in Mods) Oxford students will be familiar with Mods (short for Moderations), the first public exam in an undergraduate course.
31. A doorman before going off knocked back jar of wine TINAJA (a janit(or), rev.) The removal here is harder than ‘pers(on)’ at 15 across. ‘Or’ is an archaic word for ‘before’, and so should really, by Azed’s standards, be indicated as ‘before before’ or similar.
35. Capital alibi contrived to protect prince BRASILIA (ras in anag.) Here’s the familiar proper noun mentioned in the footnote.
37. Posse disturbed about old gun going off SPOSOUNGE (o + anag., all in anag.; SOU in SPONGE)
41. One wandering glens surrounded by Scottish river TAANGELNSY (an + anag. all in Tay; ANGEL in TANSY)
1. Dish to extinguish – dismay when losing a spread PANDOWSEMISDY (pan dowse + anag. less a; SEMIS in PANDOWDY)
2. Red in the face after spells of bowling? Mark often is OVERSHOT (overs + hot) The charade elements are nicely indicated, and the definition, from the expression ‘overshoot the mark’, is clever.
4. Female involved in excellent dessert coming up DUFPENIF (f in fine pud, rev.; PENI in DUFF) About the best of the thematic clues, with its reference to pudding. ‘Duff’ is the pudding that ‘may be regarded as part of a (common) compound’, i.e. plum duff, and ‘peni’ is a Spenserian spelling of penny.
8. Rung sweethearts up STEP (pets, rev.) Easy enough to solve, but a very satisfying combination of definition and wordplay.
10. Poorly organized and secretive, clubs dine inside ROLYPOSCEATLY (anag. + C eat in sly; SCEAT in ROLY-POLY)
19. Dig has this to be expanding, volatile? LATIN (i.e. Latin in dig = dilating) Dr Watson thinks Azed may have misclued this. ‘Dig’ needs to have ‘Latin in’, not just ‘Latin’, to make ‘dilating’. ‘A has B’ would not normally be acceptable wordplay for ‘B inside A’. Chambers gives the definition ‘…denoting the temperament of the Latin peoples, passionate, excitable, volatile’ for the solution.
21. Make good Elizabethan houses ABET (hidden) Azed occasionally produces quite unspottable hiddens, and this was one of them for Dr Watson. It remained unexplained for a time after the puzzle was solved.
24. Lupin maybe artist’s shown in embroidery fabric ARRASENE (RA in Arsène) ‘Lupin’ refers to the fictional detective Arsène Lupin, created by Maurice Leblanc in 1905 as a French rival to Sherlock Holmes.
27. A selection of exquisite sausage rolls SUASET (hidden rev.; AS in SUET) Happily this hidden clue leapt out straight away despite the cunningly indicated reversal, and gave Dr Watson a thematic solution on the first pass of the clues.
32. Street accepts this outsider to be outstanding ALIEN (i.e. alien in St = salient) This one works rather better than the LATIN clue. ‘This’ before ‘outsider’ is key to indicating that the definition is not in its usual place at either end of the clue.
Across: 12. SOTHO ((tha)t in Soho); 13. NECK (2 mngs.); 14. FORESTEAL (anag. in foal); 17. THECAL (the ca. l); 20. CRAMP (M in crap2); 22. WHATNOT (hat in anag.); 28. PIRATIC (rat I in pic); 33. ILIAD (I + Dáil, rev.); 38. FIAT (a in fit); 39. DETER (deter(mine)); 40. TONNELL (ton2 + Nell (Gwynne)).
Down: 3. PICOT (anag.); 5. ALOE (0 in ale); 6. VIES (E in vis); 7. ROTARY (T in roary); 9. SHALM (sh! + alm(s)); 18. CO-ACT (C in coat); 23. AWED (a + wed); 25. INITIALS (I in anag.); 30. OLPES (anag. less p); 34. IOTA (0 in ita); 35. BUNA (a nub, rev.); 36. AGOG (go in Ag).