Listener Crossword 4147: Solution Notes

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OZ and WR by Theod

Puzzle explanation

The message from extra words in clues is the definition of “dvandva” from The Chambers Dictionary, with references to the puzzle substituted for its examples of “tragicomedy” (the Playfair codeword) and “bitter-sweet” (hidden in the grid).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra word Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 Tea-room SOJAS SO + JUS with (A + S) for US
5 canto ENCODERS CENSORED *
10 Physio U-BOAT ABOUT *
11 vial ETHANAL (mor)E THAN A L(ab)
13 Drew LILAC (CALL around I) <
14 organiser SAHIBA (A + BI + HAS) <
15 debutante CONTRACTS R in CONTACTS
17 Atlantic ABASE AB + SEA *
18 expecting RANSOM (I)RAN SOM(ebody’s)
19 lucrative ELDINGS SINGLED *
21 manure SHOWERINESS (WHEN − H + HORSE’S IS) *
24 lawyer MARCONI CRAM < + ON + I
27 hobo LIKELY ILKLEY *
29 rapturous LOOKS OK in LOS
32 Gazette ADHERENCE (HERE + N + CE) after AD
33 latex RESORB (BE SO + R(ubbe)R) *
34 tap MEDEA (DAME + E) *
35 rites NOTANDA NOT + AND + A(ztecs)
36 spot SHOTT (SHALLOW − ALLOW + TT) around O
37 accent ANGLICAN (A LANCING) *
38 useless TINES (Pales)TINE S(oup)
DOWN
1 ending SUBCLAIM CLUB’S * + AIM
2 negotiates OBLONGS BO < + LONGS
3 turf JOIN UP (JOE + UP) with IN for E(xcitement)
4 Mellow START TRAT’S <
5 gambit ESCAPEE ES + CA + PEE
6 cello TULIPS (LIT UP) * + S
7 divine DAHABIEHS DA + HABI(t) + SHE *
8 Vietnam RABIS B(ring) in ((crop)S after RAI(n))
9 ridiculed SLAVE L in SAVE
11 water-buffalo ESCHERICHIA (C(heeses) + CHESHIRE) * + -IA
12 info NISAN (Samarita)N IS AN(nounced)
16 hi-fi BLOCK-COAL (O’CLOCK + BLA(res)) *
20 Goldsmith SOLVENTS SOLS around VENT
22 lei ISLEMAN IS + LEMAN
23 xylophone SULCATE (JULES − J) * around CAT
25 triangle ROOST (O + S(ex)) in ROT
26 Dubai BOOKED BOO + KED
28 lobster DINE ON ONE * after DIN
29 home LERNA L + (incontinenc)E + RAN *
30 art ODEON ODE + ON
31 identified WREST W + REST
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