Listener Crossword 4077: Solution Notes

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Forced Entry by Mr Lemon

Puzzle explanation

The extra letters and their use are shown in the table below.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra
Letter
Answer → Entry Explanation
ACROSS
1 L SUNSET → SU(B)SET Homophone (SON)’S + ELT
5 W STRASS → STRA(P)S STRAW + SS
10 A MOONY → (L)OONY (MAY + ON + O) *
12 G HALT → HA(E)T L in GHAT
13 A ORTON → OR(S)ON OAR + TON
14 D AGILA → AGIL(E) A + GI + LAD
15 J DOORSTEP → DOORST(O)P DOJO + PRIEST * – I
17 Q MOUCHER → MOU(T)HER (ROQUE + CHM) *
19 C PEPO → PE(S)O P + COPE <
20 C NALAS → NA(I)AS A CLAN’S *; the plural in the entry is contentious, but NAIA’S is possible
21 N DATES → (R)ATES DAN SET *
22 N FRIES → (T)RIES FRIENDS – D
25 D WOTHO → (S)OTHO HOW DOT *
27 E HOPS → (C)OPS Two definitions (HOPES)
28 D IMPEACH → (E)MPEACH DIM + PEACH
29 D DOGGEREL → (H)OGGEREL DOGGED + REL
32 L SHEEN → S(T)EEN HELEN’S *
33 L ABEAR → A(N)EAR ABLE + AR
34 F PEEL → PEE(R) P + FEEL
35 P CARTS → CAR(D)S C + PARTS
36 J BOARDS → B(E)ARDS BODS about JAR
37 J SABINE → SA(L)INE JAB in SINE
DOWN
1 B SLOW MARCH → SLOW MA(T)CH BLOW in SMAR(t) + CH
2 N BASH → B(O)SH BAN + SH
3 K SCOTTIES → S(N)OTTIES SCOT + TIKE’S
4 C THROBS → THRO(E)S BORTSCH *
5 J SAVERS → SAV(O)RS SLAVE – L + JRS
6 D PEAR DROP → (T)EAR DROP PROP about DREAD *
7 D EDIT → (A)DIT ED + DIT
8 J FILOSE → (P)ILOSE FILE about JOS(h)
9 H SUM → SU(E) MUSH *
11 B ORLOP → ORLO(N) ORB + LOP
16 C POSTHOUSE → POSTHO(R)SE (CHOPS + SUET + O(regano)) *
18 B FASTENED → (H)ASTENED FAST + BEND about (sh)E(et)
19 C MATERNAL → (P)ATERNAL MATERIAL, I to NC [North Carolina]
23 L FOOTLE → (R)OOTLE FOOT + ELL <
24 A VERGER → VERGE(S) REV < + GEAR
25 E SHEARS → S(M)EARS SHE’S about EAR
26 H OCTAL → OCTA(D) OCT + HAL
30 S GENT → GEN(A) GENS + T(olerate)
31 D MERE → MER(I) ME + RED
32 P COB → (S)OB COP + B
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