Listener Crossword 3958: Solution Notes

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Describer by Henry

Puzzle explanation

The Describer was the writer Edward Upward. Forms of Edward were to appear upward in five down answers 3 berated 5 Edam 8 terned 21 steddy 23 reddy. His novel Journey to the Border explains movements of words meaning “journey” to the border of the grid in 9 brake 26 Turkey red 7 strip 20 irideae. Corrected letters in definitions spelt Auden, Isherwood, Spender, three contemporaries, in addition to Day Lewis at 31. The Spiral Ascent describes the location of his name, which had to be highlighted. The numbers for the eight remaining clues totalled 104, Upward’s current age; he was born on September 9, 1903.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

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correction
Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 AMEBIC AM + E + B + I + C(ytogenesis) & lit
5 dec(a)de DECTET D + E + ETC < + (can’)T
9 BRAKE B + RAKE, reference TV presenter
11 p(u)t RECORD (CO + (Directo)R) in RED
12 PEACHIER (CHI + E) in PEAR
14 URBAN Two definitions
15 (d)ig SPUD PUD after S
16 Se(e) TOODLE-PIP (omi)T + POPE IDOL*
17 Da(n)dy’s BEAU BEA + U; reference meaning of the name Bea
19 p(i)tch UNISON UNI + ON about S(oftware)
21 (s)lack SLATCH C in (SLAT + H)
22 (h)oney DEAR D + EAR
26 TURKEY RED R in (TURKEY + E(ye) + D(ot)); reference character in soap opera
28 sho(e) DRAG RAG after D
30 p(r)ayer ARDAS (SAD + RA) <
31 (W)ritten DAY LEWIS (D + A(ldeburgh) + IS) about (W + ELY) <; his pen name, without a hyphen, was more appropriate given the clue wording
32 f(o)lly ABSURD BARD* about SU(n)
33 h(o)ld SDEIN NED IS*
34 TSETSE (SET + SET) with last letter first
35 lar(d)er SPENCE SPENCE(r)
DOWN
1 (s)hrill ARGUTE ARE about GUT
2 MACROFLORA CAM < + ROLF* + OR + A
3 BERATED RATE in BED
4 (p)ot CREWE Homophone (CREW)
5 EDAM DA in (E + M)
6 ECCRINE composite anagram, AS TO USING ECCRINE → CAUSING SECRETION, & lit
7 STRIP (S + P) about (TRIO – O)
8 TERNED Homophone (TURNED)
10 KABOB KA + BO + B
13 (E)U EUROCRATIC C(arling) after ERICA TOUR*
18 Thor(n) ACULEUS A + CLUE* + USE – (villag)E
20 IRIDEAE IRE about IDEA
21 STEDDY T(ime)S < + EDDY
23 REDDY RED DY(e)
24 (d)esign DESINE (violenc)E in DEN IS*; reference character in soap opera
25 MAYBE Hidden reversed
27 l(e)aders KAIDS K(iller) + AIDS
29 o(r)e OWRE OW + RE; reference Spenser’s spelling of ORE
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