Listener Crossword 4040: Solution Notes

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In Shock by Hubris

Puzzle explanation

Corrected letters in clue misprints spelt “The best club in London — Mr Twemlow” from Dickens’ Our Mutual Friend, referring to the House of Commons. Solvers were to highlight the 33 cells showing the current layout of the House, ie, SPEAKER, MACE, LABOUR MPS, and OPPOSITION MPS, two of these words appearing in alternate letters. The title refers to an abbreviation HoC, hidden in “Shock”, although the more usual form is HC.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 Di(T)s ODES Hidden
4   PEAK Homophone (PIQUE)
7   ERASE ERAS before (tap)E
11 (H)ealth FILTH First letters
12   IGNORE I’ + N(ose) in GORE
13 ru(E) FRISEUR IS in (FR+ RUE <)
16 (B)abel NOISE I in NOSE
18 (E)nd DIE DIE(sel)
19   PEARL Homophone (PURL)
20   ELLIPTIC LIP in (C)ELTIC
22   IMBUES (l)IMB + USE *
25 (S)imple BARMY BARM + (an)Y
26 sta(T)e NORM Hidden
27   MACER (A + CE) in M(ancheste)R
29   PIPS (jumP) + I’ + PS
31 (C)one STOPE TOP in SE
33 mea(L) REPAST PA in REST
34   MISSTATE ESTIMATE *, E becoming S
38 d(U)ck GOOSE GO + OS + E
41 (B)e RAN Hidden
43 Tr(I)m DECOR DECORATE – ATE
44 pla(N)t PARSNIP PAR + SNIP
45   PROTYL (PETROL, E becoming Y) *
46 ho(L)e DRIVE R in DIVE
47 f(O)e ENEMY EN + EM + (necessar)Y
48   NETS NETSUKES – UKES
49   SPED SP(e)ED
DOWN
1   OFFSPIN OFF + SPIN
2 cha(N)t’s DIRGE (helpin)G in DIRE
3   ELIA LI(es) in EA
4 Ha(D)es PHELLEM HELL in MEP <
5   ELUDE PRELUDE – PR
6   AIRILY (I FLY – F(ear)) after AIR
7   ENNUI NINE * about U
8 L(O)ft ROOM (b)ROOM
9 Bea(N) ARIOT HARICOT – (H + C)
10   EGENCY (r)EGENCY
14 (M)ob SCRUMPS SCRUM + MPS – M(ercy)
15 Retaile(R) SELLER LL in SEER
17 stin(T)s SKIMPS SKIPS about M
21   PAPPOUS OAP’S PUP *
23   MOTILE MO + TILE
24 (W)earing SAFARI (A + F) in SARI
28 He(E)ds REGARDS GARDENERS * – EN
30   STEPPED PED under STEP
31 S(M)ear SMUDGE S + MUDGE
32   STAPLE STALE about P; we apologise for the erroneous enumeration in the clue
35 (L)olly SUCRE CURSE *
36 br(O)ad TARTY TART + Y(east)
37   ENACT Hidden
39   STIVE ST IVE(s)
40   DOOM MOOD <
42 (W)ire SNIP PINS <
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