Listener Crossword 4047: Solution Notes

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Cut Out by Lato

Puzzle explanation

Unclued thematic entries, by anagram or association, each partially suggested the title of a Dickens “novel” (anagram “snicked” = cut out). These are explained in the table below. The different entry was door (anag) from the unfinished (The Mystery of Edwin) Droo(d).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

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Word
Answer/
Entry
Explanation
ACROSS
    UMLAUT Anagram: Our Mutual Friend
    ICIEST Anagram: A Tale of Two Cities
9   SIAM SIM about A (are)
10   PINNACLE (PLACE IN + N) *
11   SIFREI IS < about (IF + RE); ref poem If
12   REGROUP RE + GO UP about R
13   TARAND TAD about (R + AND)
    FLOOR Association, 19ac: The Old Curiosity Shop [floor]
16   AUTARKY A + (TURKEY – E) * about A
18   CARR Homophone (CAR)
19 workers HITHE HE after HIT
    SAPPER Anagram: Pickwick Papers
22   GOVERN Hidden
24 Presenter TEASE Homophone (TEES)
26   GOER (le)G + O’ER
27 day SHRIVEN SHIV about R(obber) + EN
29   TRULY T + RULY
    TORRID Anagram: Little Dorrit
32   SNICKED Thematic: Dickens novel, ie, anagram
34   AMTMAN T in AMMAN
35   CURTALAX CUR + AT < + LAX
36   MUSO MO about US
    EMBODY Anagram: Dombey and Son
37   GOPHER G + OP + HER
DOWN
1 conservative USER US(h)ER; user = right
2   MICELLA AIM < about CELL
3   AMIR M in AIR
4   UP FOR PROFOUND * – DON *
    DIE Association, 1dn: [die]Hard Times
5   IN IT (TIN + I) <
6   see 20dn  
7   SLINK S + LINK
8   TEND ’T + END
    CHARTER Association, 29dn: Bleak [Charter]House
    BATH Association, 14dn: [Bath] Oliver Twist
    PARSONS Association, 24ac: Nicholas [Parsons] Nickleby
14 biscuit FAST ’S in FAT
15   OOPS (c)OOPS
    TARGE Anagram: Great Expectations
    URGED Anagram: Barnaby Rudge
17   SPARRER SPAR + REAR – A
20,6 retreat IVORIAN IVOR + IAN
21   ENVY Homophone (EN + VEE = NV)
23   RELEASE REL + EASE
25   EVIL LIVE <
28   HOKUM OK in HUM
29 School TIMBÓ B in OMIT <
30   TACE TAKE, C for K
31   DALY Homophone (DAILY), ref John Daly
    CAMP Association, 20,6dn: [Camp] David Copperfield
    DOOR Anagram: The Mystery of Edwin Droo(d)
33   PTO PT + O’
    MAS Association, 27ac: Martin[mas] Chuzzlewit
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