Listener Crossword 4050: Solution Notes

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Recipe by Parsnip

Puzzle explanation

The recipe is one of the possible answers to the nursery rhyme question: What are little boys and girls made of? Limax, trepang, dodman, nerite (slugs and snails) were anagrammed together to generate the names Don, Max, Martin, Reginald and Pete. Demerara, sucrose, anise, vanilla (sugar and spice) similarly made Clare, Dora, Melissa, Sine, Una and Vera. The list of ingredients was completed with “puppy dog tails” and “all things nice” (1 and 44 across).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
INGREDIENTS
  ANISE I in MANSE – M (roof-shape)
  DEMERARA R after DEME + A + RA
  DODMAN DO + D(enmark) + (Holy Ro)MAN( Empire)
  LIMAX (I’M + A) in LX
  NERITE NE + RITE
  SUCROSE SUC(k) + ROSE
  TREPANG TRE(e) + PAN(g)
  VANILLA A(sto)N in VILLA
ACROSS
11 ENAMELS MEALS * after EN
12 VENAE VENUS – US + AE
13 SYCAMINE ’S + Y + CAM + IN + E
14 ECOD E-COD; facetious reference to the internet (e = electronic)
16 SEARCHER ARCH in SEER; roach = to arch
17 CALAMARI (CAR (Rolls Royce) + I) about (L + A + MA(ckerel))
22 DEATHS Alternate letters
28 EDGIER E + D + G + I(n) + E(nchilada) + R(ecognisable)
31 OTARY ROAST YAMS * – MASS *
34 EROTICAL ROTI in (E + CAL)
35 ISOTONIC I + SOT + ON + I + C
39 NILS SLIN(k) < (two meanings, lean & meat)
42 SAOLA (O’ + SALA(d)) *
43 INDULIN IN + DUL(l) + (m)IN(t)
DOWN
2 UNSCALED (LUCE + AND + S(almon)) *
3 PAYOLAS (PAL(e) + SOY + A) *
4 YEALMED A MEDLEY *
5 OSIERY O’ + S + (p)IE(s) + R(apidl)Y
6 GENA (GAUR – UR (indication of hesitation)) about EN
7 AESC Hidden reversed
8 IN THAT (I + HAT) about (N + (restauran)T)
9 LAZE (b)LAZE(s)
10 SEERESS SEER about RES(t)
15 DARWIN DAN(iel) about (W + I after R)
18 AZURE (n)U(n) as centre of AZORE; Corvo is one of the Azores
19 IDAHO (Alternate letters of THE COLD HAM + I’) *
23 HERALDIC (DAHL + RICE) *; OR is an heraldic tincture
26 ROTUNDS ROUNDS about T
27 BACILLI Composite anagram of BIOLOGICAL using GOO
29 GOOGOL GOO + LOG < (stock)
30 ORIGIN O(liver) + RIG + IN; ref Jamie Oliver’s TV series
36 SEAL E in SAL
37 TELT Final letters
38 NEVI N + (LIVER < – (L + R)); Jonathan = people of US, reflecting spelling
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