Listener Crossword 4133: Solution Notes

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Puzzle explanation

Corrections to misprints in clues gave Aristotle’s definition of a whole, “a beginning, a middle, and an end”. Answers to the remaining clues followed Philip Larkin’s “classic formula” for a novel, “a beginning, a muddle, and an end”, that is, they have their internal letters jumbled before entry. Ambiguities in the jumbling were resolved by the appearances of PHILIP in the top row, LARKIN in the bottom row and ARISTOTLE in the diagonal. The title gives synonyms for “whole” and “novel”.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1   PHILIPPI LIP in (PHI + PI)
6   SCHWA WAS * around CH
10 T(A)b LABEL (fibu)LA BEL(ow)
12   PHOSPHOR PHOS + homophone of FOR
14   SCOOSH S + COO + S + H
15 (B)id NO-TRUMP NOT RUMP
16   KULA (L + A) after UK <
17 Re(E)l TURN 2 meanings
18   APOGEE EGO < in APE
20 sta(G)e SCENE OBSCENE − OB(iter)
21 D(I)m ECLIPSE ELLIPSE with C for first L
25 (N)ick NOTCH ROTCH with N (knight) for R (rook)
28 E(N)chant BEWITCH BE + WITH around C
29 st(I)nt ALLOT ALL + TO <
31   NATRON TR in (NA + ON)
33 Tur(N)s ACTS 2 meanings
35   TOES SET < around O
37 (G)rumpy AGELAST AGE + LAST
39   BOVATE OBVIATE * − I
40   GREENLET GREEN + BELT * − B
41 sl(A)w SALAD (A LAD’S) with last letter at the front
42   ELECT ERECT with L for R
43   CRANKILY CRY around (A + LINK *)
DOWN
1 (M)ill PLANT 2 meanings
2 Sl(I)pper PABOUCHE P + AMUSE-BOUCHE − MUSE
3   ICER 2 meanings (cake decorator, killer)
4   IMPASTO (M(onsieur) + PAINTS − N) * + O
5 Han(D)out ISSUE I + ’S + SUE
6 (D)ot SPOT TOPS <
7 pi(L)ot COCKPIT COCK + TIP <
8 Routin(E) HO-HUM H(ardened) (c)O(mmandos) (be)H(ind) (amb)U(sh) (atte)M(pt)
9 w(A)rship ARMAMENT MEN-AT-ARM(s) *
11   BREATH BREADTH − D
13   MINUET MINUTE with last letters switched
19   OTHER THE OTHER − THE
20 ratte(N) SABOTAGE (BASE GOT A) *
22   LETHAL (ALL THE) *; fell = adjective
23 Geor(D)ie SCOTSMAN MASCOT * in ((Heart)S + (Hibernia)N)
24 re(A)ls PIASTRE PIRATES *
26   COTINGA COATING with A moved to end
27   RECALL R(ogu)E + CALL
30 tu(N)es REBEC REBECCA − CA’
32 p(E)rks TRONC TR + ONC(e)
34 Sca(N) STUDY STURDY − R
36 (D)rink MALT MAL + T
38   LAIK homophone of LAKE
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