Envy by Quinapalus

Puzzle explanation

The puzzle marked the 50th anniversary of the première of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at the Edinburgh Festival in August 1972. The corrections to misprints spelt out “Gen. thirty-seven, three; KJV”, referring to the verse “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours”. (If the misprints in 35dn and 37dn were not corrected, the message would cite RSV instead of KJV, wherein the verse is “Now Israel loved Joseph more than any other of his children, because he was the son of his old age; and he made him a long robe with sleeves”, not mentioning colours.) The last two clue answers were DREAM COAT, hinting at the musical by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Weber. The colours jumbled in the overlong answers were yellow, brown, green, blue and red, positioned in the grid as if on a snooker table. The rest of the colours listed in the song Joseph’s Coat from the musical were scarlet, black, ochre, peach, ruby, olive, violet, fawn, lilac, gold, chocolate, mauve, cream, crimson, silver, rose, azure, lemon, russet, grey, purple, white, pink, orange. Their initial letters were positioned, in order, in columns {3, 5, 7, 9} of rows {3, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13}.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
Across
1   CORPSE-GATES (PEG COASTERS) *
8   AS A RULE ÅSAR + ULE
11   NÉVÉ EVEN <
12   RASH 2 meanings
14   BOON 2 meanings
15   SERENGETI (RES * + I) around GENET *
16   MERLOT TEMPRANILLO * = (PLAIN + MERLOT) *
18   VIFDA IV < + FDA
20   STERNWAY (SENT AWRY) *
22   HYLEG HYLE + G
24   SCAMPI SI around CAMP
28   DECOCT CO in DECT
29   SERON ONE’S * around R(ock)
31   NUMERATE MEASUREMENTS * − NUMERATE * = MESS
33   AT ALL A TALL
34   FRAGOR FR + AGOR(a)
36   TEMPT MP in TET
41   SWAP WAS * + P
42   POOP OPPO with P,O moved to the front
43   NEUK NE + UK
44   IMITANT TITIAN * around M
45   GAMETOCYTES (V + GAMETOCYTES) * = (GET VASECTOMY) *
Down
1 sprin(G)s CAROMS (M + OSCAR) *
2 Scrap(E) RASE A in RSE
3 (N)ote SUBSONG (G + NOUS) < around B(allot)S
4 flee(T) GEOS GOES *
5 (H)eat TEPEFY PETE * + FY
6 w(I)tch EVET E-VET
7 d(R)y SEMI-ARID AIRSIDE * around M
9 (T)ether SAFETY BELT (FEELS BATTY) *
10   LOW-BORN Spoonerism of (BLOW ’ORN)
13   HOLYWELL (O HYWEL’LL) *
17 B(Y)gone (noun) RELIC (CR(u)EL + I) *
18 (S)ucky VACS 2 meanings
19 b(E)ast DIPROTODON (NOD + O’ + TORPID) <
21 (V)s YALE (E + LAY) <
23 lumb(E)r EBON BONE *
24   SUBLET SUB + LET
25 (N)ame MORAG MORA + G
26 Crea(T)ing IDEATING ID + EATING
27 Fis(H) SCUL SCUL + PT = SCULPT (abbreviation for sculpsit)
29 (R)evered SERAPIC (PRICE AS) *
30 Sh(E)ll WAMPUM WAMPU(s) + M
32 (E)mits ERUPTS PUREST *
35 sna(K)e ASP A + SP
37 (J)awed ELEA (sap)ELE A(ttests)
38 di(V) TWIT TT around WI
39   DREAM D + REAM
40   COAT O in CAT
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