My Retirement Plan by Artix

Puzzle explanation

The theme of the puzzle was lines 25-27 of the poem To His Mistress Going to Bed by John Donne:

License my roving hands, and let them go,
Behind, before, above, between, below.
O my America, my new found land

The letters extending outside the grid formed DONNE (the corresponding entries were real words with or without the extending letter). In the misprinted clues, the letters of HANDS were replaced by those of DONNE. The extra words in other clues were jumbled synonyms of “hands”. In the grid, all occurrences of L were changed to R and vice versa, revealing more words from the thematic lines: LICENSE, ROVING, NEW FOUND LAND and MISTRESS. O MY AMERICA was highlighted on the NW-SE diagonal. In the preamble, “behind, before, above or below” echoed line 26.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra word/ misprint Answer Explanation
Across
1   RICE
6 Reworks (workers) SEMINAL SEAL around MIN
11   SEA POTATO (A + POT) in SEAT + O’
13   TAMPICO TA + MP + I’ + CO
14   KIEV KIROV with IE for the internal letters
15   FERRELS (R + R) in FEELS
17   INADAPTATION I + NADA + PTA + INTO *
19   ONANISM (i)NSOMNIA(c) *
21   SAIR AIRS with S moved to the front; ref. 16dn
23 discretion (directions) EDICT E(xercise)D + I + CT
25   DEPONES (r)ESPONDE(r) *
27 h(A)ar SEA MIST SET around AMIS
30   ESSEN (l)ESSEN
33   CAMAÏEUX CA + A in MIEUX
34 proteins (pointers) MORAL OR in MAL
36 (D)unces JAYS 2 meanings
37   ETEN E TEN; ref. E10 postcode
38   NEM TAI MEAT * in (N + I)
39   NEW-FOUND O in (WEN < + FUND)
40 bra(S)s RAND RAND(y)
Down
1   RATLINE (AT + LINER) with R moved to the top
2   IOANNA IO + ANNA
3   CAMPANIA CAMP + ANA around I
4   ESPY I-SPY with E for I
5   NEIF (someo)NE I F(ought)
6   SAC SAC(k)
7   MORRA MOR + RA
8 Faste(N) NAIL NIL around A
9   DATE 2 meanings
10   LOVING LOG around VIN
12   PORT PORT(rait)
14 Sniggle (niggles) KETA KETAMINE − MINE
16 wasp (paws) SORE 2 meanings
18   ASTI (NAIL + ASTI) * = ITALIANS *
20   HETMAN HE + T(roops) + MAN
21   SPLAYED S + PLAYED
22   INSECTA (SECT + A) after (L)I(n)N(aeus); ref. 5th classis in animal kingdom
24   DEVOTEE DEE around VOTE
26   SEXFID F after SEX + ID
27   SAMEN SEAMEN − E(ight)
28 s(H)ow MOAN A in MON
29   SAJOU (steal)S A JOU(rneyman)
31   SUDAN DA in SUN
32   CREW 2 meanings
35   LOON 2 meanings
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