Listener Crossword 4127: Solution Notes

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SPAD by Wasp

Puzzle explanation

Only the “odd” and “end” letters of across answers are entered. Thematic down entries are synonyms of “bit” or “bob”, “bits and bobs” being a synonym of “odds and ends”. The title is SP (odds) + AD (ends of AND).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 CORNCOBS CORN + COBS
6 BEDSPREADS DRAPES * in BEDS
12 ACETABULAR ACE + TABULAR
13 ELENCTIC CLIENT * in EC
14 LATITUDE LAT + IT + DUE *
15 EASY DOES IT EASY + DOE + SIT
16 ENROLMENTS (L + MEN) in TENORS *
19 ENARGITE TEARING * + E
21 SLAVE ANT SLAV + N in EAT
23 PARANOIACS PARAS around (NO + I + AC)
26 CONSTRAINS CONS + TRAINS
27 SOMEDEAL MEDEA in SOL
30 ARCHAEUS ARCH + SUE < after A
32 HALLOYSITE ALLOY in (H + SITE)
34 NIHILITIES (THE + III + NILS) *
37 AIRSPACE AIRS + PACE
39 LEAD TREE LEAD + T’ + REE
40 FINGERNAIL (L(amb) + FINE GRAIN) *
41 AUTOSTRADA AUTOS + DART < + A
42 DELEGATE DE-LEG + ATE
DOWN
1 CAPLES (CAPE + S) around L
2 RESTRAIN [bit] ART < in RESIN
3 CART CONCERT with A for ONCE
4 BURDEN [bob] BIN with URDE for I
5 SALET SA + LET
6 BREE BEER *
7 DESSERTS STRESSED <
8 PENDANT [bob] (PEN + NT) around (D + A)
9 ECCE CE < + CE
10 DIGIT [bit] DIGITALIS − (A LIS)
11 SCUTES SS around CUTE
17 LEPTA PLATE *
18 SPOSH SP + S(een) in OH
20 GIRDS GRIDS *
22 TINSELED SE in (TIN + LED); ref. Jackson, Mississippi
24 CRATCHIT [Bob] -CRAT + CHIT
25 MAUTHER [bit] MOTHER with AU for O
26 CANULA CAN U + LA
28 MORSEL [bit] S(tone) in MOREL
29 LEETLE (EL + TEE + L) <
31 CHEAT [bob] (HE + A) in CT
33 LAUND LA + UND
35 LOTS (TO + LS) *
36 SOFA (cushion)S OF A(nother)
38 PANG 2 meanings
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