Listener Crossword 4097: Solution Notes

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Half-Thyme by Dipper

Puzzle explanation

Modified across entries, with the herbs and the locations of the second halves among the down clues, are shown in the table below. The thematic phrase generated by resolving the clashes is the herb PATERSON’S CURSE.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Herbal
Data
Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 origan: 6 HIST(ORI)OGRAPHER HARRIED PHRASEOLOGIST * – DEALS *
9   AISLE AI [A1] + S(ingle) + L(ane) + E(xit)
11 cive: 11 SO(CI)ETY PIETY, P changed to SOC
13 betony: 35 RAB(BET)S ABBÉ in (p)R(o)T(e)S(t)
14   BRAZENS ENS after (R in BAZ [name Barry])
15 borage: 27 AIR(BOR)NE AIR + BORE about N(ight)
16   ATAP A + TAP
18 dill: 33 STERA(DI)AN STEAN about (RADIX – X)
20 sage: 12 (SA)LIVA ((D)ALI VAS(e)) *
21   LUSATIAN A NATURALIST * – RAT *
23 cicely: 4 FAS(CIC)ULATE ASCI in (F + CU + LATE)
26   URSA R(ecorded) in USA
29 mint: 7 (MI)LITARIA MILITIA about RA <
31   CHIN CHIN(a)
32   HEDER Hidden
34 fennel: 22 OF(FEN)DRESS (OFTEN, T to F) + DRESS
36 sorrel: 17 (SOR)BITE SORE about BIT
37   SHANS HAN in SS; counterfeit money
38 hyssop: 30 P(HYS)ETER PETER about SHY *
39 purpie: 24 (PUR)POSELESSNESS (POSE + LESS + NESS) after (PURE – E)
DOWN
1   HERBAL (LAH about BRE(w)) <
2   SABA ARABS * – R
3   OSTEAL (TOES + (u)L(n)A) *
4 (r)ely REPS R + EPS
5   PORISTIC (CO + SPIRIT) *
6 gan(net) ETEN NET < after E(scarpment)
7 (Ke)nt RYKES KE in (RY + S)
8   MARTIAL PARTIAL, P to M
10   LINGUA (m)AULING *
11 (ca)ve SCAPA CA in SPA
12 (ur)ge EURO E O about UR
17 rel(ease) SAUTERNE (TURN + EASE) *
19   BATISTE BASTE about T(aglion)I
22 (flan)nel(s) STIFLE (TIE FLANS – AN. [before]) *
24 pie LARDS LARDONS – ON
25   CADETS CATS about D(esolat)E
27 (sew)age ENSEWS SEW in (E + N + S)
28   THESP T(rump) + H(earts) + ESP
30 (Ae)sop IDEA AE < after ID
33 (Purce)ll ECHO Hidden
34   OLPE (ga)OL + PE(n)
35 (Ir)ony EIRE IR in (E(uropeanise) + E)
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