Listener Crossword 3976: Solution Notes

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Hard Rectangle by Harpy

Puzzle explanation

Jumbled extra words are shown in the table below. The letters removed from clues gave “poet can be seen in grid” and “shade cells containing letters not in title”. The bottom row contained “Shelley” and the cells shaded as indicated depicted a map of Venice, identifiable from the words “The Grand Canal” suitably positioned. The relevant Shelley quotation was “Underneath Day’s azure eyes, Ocean’s nursling Venice lies”, requiring “Day’s azure eyes” above the completed grid.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Jumble
Extra word
Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 P + mud ← dump LAHARS ASHLAR*
6 O + Winged ← Widgeon ALATE À LA + T(hym)E
11 E + chore ← re-echo FAG Composed of three musical notes
13 T + globes ← goblets EDAM MADE <
14 C + Ritual ← Curtail IMMOLATION I’M MAIN TOOL*
17 A + Gem ← Game BIJOU (BIO about J) + U
20 N + Roared ← Reardon WUTHERED W + UT + HE + RED
22 B + Sum ← Bums AGIO (I’ + O) after AG
23 E + ram ← mare TEGG (Sheepdo)G in GET <
24 S + another ← Sheraton PITIES P(lank) + I + TIE + S(upplier)
25 E + lards ← alders SAIMS (Viru)S + AIMS
27 E + lady ← delay SOPHY Two definitions
29 N + flower ← fern-owl QUINSY-WORT QUINS + Y(e)W + ROT*
30 I + Sacred ← Sidecar IBIS Alternate letters
33 N + Disaster ← Tardiness DOOM (MOO + D) <
34 G + Borodin ← brooding OPUS OP + U(nsettle) + S(ingers)
36 R + clothes ← chortles SUBFUSC (C + BUS) < about (F + US)
38 I + Cracks ← Car-sick QUIPS (é)QUIP(e) + S(uffer)
40 D + East ← sated OSSI (g)OSSI(p)
42 S + Gandhi ← dashing BAPUS (A + P) in BUS
43 H + idle ← Delhi FALLOW FLOW about (A + L)
45 A + ripped ← prepaid RENT Two definitions
46 D + drain ← Dinard NALA Alternate letters
47 E + service ← receives TELCO Hidden
49 C + coins ← conics GUINEAS I in GUN + E + A + S
50 E + Sport ← Poster WEAR (dra)W(ing) + EAR
51 L + unit ← until BUSHEL (Fe)B + US + HEL(l)
52 L + coated ← located LEYDEN ALE – A + DENY*
DOWN
2 S + Pieces ← Species ADAGIOS AGIO in SAD*
3 C + Routine ← Neurotic HABIT BI in HAT
4 O + enemy ← yeomen AMI Hidden
5 N + smoke ← K-meson SMOGS (trail)S + MOS about G
7 T + poor ← troop LOW-PAID WILD OAP*
8 A + dermal ← alarmed TATU Hidden reversed
9 I + effort ← forfeit ETHE ETHE(r)
10 N + Virtue ← Venturi PIETY PI(pe) + YET*
11 I + Seamen ← Meanies FORETOPS FOPS about (E in ORT)
12 N + articles ← clarinets GADGETS GADGES about T
15 G + Lear ← regal LUMINOUSLY IN SUM YOU’LL*; reference The Dong with a Luminous Nose
16 L + slip ← pills LAPSUS SUS after PAL <
18 E + opossum ← espumoso JOEY JOE + Y
19 T + bears ← breast URSUS S in URUS
21 T + rise ← rites EGER EIGER – I
26 E + with ← white SYMPATHY MY HAT! SPY*
28 R + Local ← Collar PUB UP < + B(eak)
31 S + pile ← spiel BUBKES (BIKE – I) in BUS
32 N + Age-old ← Donegal ISAIAH (HAS + I) < about (I + AM – M)
35 O + aliens ← sea-lion UFO Alternate letters
37 T + inroads ← intrados USE UP (va)U(lt) + PUS < about E
38 I + polecat ← poetical QUAIL Q + JAIL, with U for J
39 N + sabre ← Barnes SWORD Hidden
40 T + love-in ← violent ORGY (cyb)ORG + (stor)Y; reference Terminator films
41 I + Sloan ← Alison SNIB BINS <, sloan = snub = snib²
43 T + Atropos ← pot-roast FATE F + ATE
44 L + bear ← baler LEWD DWELL < – L
48 E + wind ← Edwin LEE (s)LEE(p)
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