Listener Crossword 4139: Solution Notes

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An Unsettled Spell by Nutmeg

Puzzle explanation

The letters transferred between clues and grid entries spelt “It Wobbles, and the letters get in the wrong places — Milne”, a comment by Winnie-the-Pooh about his spelling. Clue answers and grid entries included some other thematically related words.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Modified word Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 wa(I)ver CHEERIO CHEER + IO
5 T-rifling WAMPEE WEE around (A + MP)
10 (W)in WAHABI WI around AHAB
12 p(O)re PARISON PARIS + ON
13 Ro(B)ot BEGINNING BEING around (G + INN)
14 B-eat NO GO NO + GO
15 (L)over ATILT A + L in TIT
16 Rob-E KANGA KANGAROO − ROO
17 cur-S-e HOOD HOOD(oo)
18 A-gent FEY FED with Y for D
19 Er(N) HUMOGEN HUM + IMOGEN − I’M
21 (D)one SWORD (D + ROWS) <
23 T-his RABBI (ABBOT − OT) in RI
25 Was(H) HELD OUT HUT around (EL + DO)
29 h(E)aving REBEC REBE(l) + C
30 L-earner HADAL L after (HAD + A)
32 cod-E BAR 2 meanings (ref. barcode)
34 (T)issue PIGLET LET after GIP <
35 pret(T)sel RESPELT PRETSEL * (a deliberate misspelling)
36 cut(E) ROBES (st)ROBES
37 hea(R)t ARDENT ANT around (RD + E)
38 toyshop(S) HONEYPOTS TOYSHOP * around NE(w)
39 G-it’s SILLY CHILLY with S (spades) for CH (clubs, hearts)
40 m(E) OLEUMS LOUSE * around M
41 T-angle ENMESH (ME + SH) after EN
42 res(I)t LIGNITE ((a)G(e)N(t) + IT) in LIE
DOWN
1 (N)ever CLEANSER (LEANS + E(ver)) in CR
2 hi-T HIGH-HAT 2 meanings
3 H-armed ENTOMB MOB * after ENT
4 statu(E)s RANKED RANK + ED
5   WINNIE-THE-POOH  
6 W-hat MANGOLD MANGO + L(i)D
7 sho(R)t TRIGGER 2 meanings (ref Roy Rogers’ horse)
8 sc-O-ut ESPY E-SPY (ie electronic)
9 N-ape E-BOAT ET around BOA
11 G-race BIAS SA(h)IB <
12 Chum-P-s GEESE GENOESE − NO
20 f(L)at OIL BEETLE OIL + BEETLE
22 p(A)lace PULL ABOUT (L + LABOU(r)) in PUT
24 C-over TOSHY TOY around (S + H)
26 Wild(E) DAIRYMEN MAIDEN * around RY
27 S-tart TEETHE ETH in TEE
28 Hu(M)e UMBRAGE U + EMBARG(o) *
29 a-I-d RAMET (f)RAME T(hat)
31 f-L-eet ADEN A + DEN
33 are-N-as ENDS 2 meanings
34 S-E-al’s PLUG GULP <
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