Listener Crossword 4134: Solution Notes

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Cruciverbalism by Poat

Puzzle explanation

Letters omitted from answers spelt out “Henry V, act three, scene one”, a reference to Henry’s rallying speech to the English troops at Harfleur in the Shakespeare play. It ends with “Cry, ‘God for Harry! England and St George!’” which appears in the grid in the form of the red bands of the flag of St George. The unused first and last letters from extra words in clues spelt out “Shakespeare date of death”, as Shakespeare died on St George’s Day (and was possibly born on it). The clues were written in iambic pentameter.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

Extra word Answer Explanation
Has (H)ORROR FILM (L + OF MIRROR) *
Hythe EVOH(E) HOVE <
again HEN(N)Y (t)HEN Y(ou’ll)
rock T(R)EPID TID around EP
every ABA(Y)A A + B(ibs) A(nd) A(pron)
Vanya’s RE(V)UE RE + U(ncl)E
asleep AIKON(A) NOKIA <
choice AS(C)OT SO in ’AT; ref. Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady
adult A-LIS(T) A + LIS
right BREAS(T)-DEEP SABRE * + PEED <
hope FETC(H)ERS F + SECRET *
Recovered (R)OVER OVER (interjection)
awake ROP(E)Y OP in RY
three INBY(E) INKY with B for K
ends LYA(S)E YALE *
Olympic (C)HIGOE HIE around GO
fake HANGN(E)ST NG in (HAN + ST)
Neglected (N)ARNIA ARIA around N
else GEAR(E) A’ in GER
ammo R(O)USE R + USE
nudist A(N)KLE A + KLE(e)
each LOIP(E) LIP around O (zero)
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