Listener Crossword 4153: Solution Notes

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Rhythm for a Dance by Brimstone

Puzzle explanation

The letters from the circled cells give ELBOW and FROTH, two characters from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure. The modified answers and clue words have one measure replaced by another to give new real words. The final change is to replace “bel” with “mil” in 9 down.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Altered or extra word (defined grid entry) Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1   (PICA)MAR MAR after PICA
6   P(OKE) POKER − R
10 school (1ac GRAMMAR) APPERTAIN APP + (c)ERTAIN
12 c(hin)less, c(are)less NODE NOD + E
14   (LI)ST LI + ST
15 fitch (11dn POLECAT) INTIMAL INTI + MAL
16   ALARM MALAR with first letter at the end
18   UN(BAR) UN + BAR
19   S(ACRE)D SAC + RED
21 Capital (30dn TUNIS) AISHA AIA around SH
22 (bath)os, (therm)os ESTH (deni)ES TH(ermos)
23 (pot)ent, (rod)ent CAVITY CAVY around IT
24   P(LAY)ED LAY in PED
27 (Pint)er, (butt)er EAT (n)EAT
28   ODESSA (DOES AS) *
30   WADI I after WAD
32   (ERG)O ERGO(t)
34   FALL F + ALL
36 release (18ac UNCHAIN) TEXAN EX in TAN
38   LAUF LAU(d) + F
39   F(LUX) X after FLU
40 crush (6dn PINCH) UMP UMPTEEN − TEEN
41 desire (46ac YEARN) HADDIE HIE around ADD
42 student (24ac PREMED) RAKU (u)R(b)A(n) K(y)U(s)
43   LA(VOLT) LAT around VOL
44   ISSEI IS + SEI
45   SEBUM ((e)MU BES(t)) <
46   (COR)N CORNUTE − UTE
47   (REP)ENT 2 meanings
DOWN
1   GAMASHES ASH in GAMES
2 Dispatch (19ac SEND) APLANAT A PLAN + AT
3   MEER M + REE <
4   ATTUITE TUI in TATE *
5 sound-system (32ac STEREO) RAINS RAI + NS
6   P(OUNCE) PRONOUNCE − RON
7 (rad)ial, (cran)ial INIA ILIA with N for L
8 lady (38dn LAKIN) NOMISM NO + IS in MM
9   (BEL)CH BENCH with L for N
11   (FAT)-CAT FA + C in TAT
13   DANTED DD around ANTE
17 insect (39ac FLEA) MAIDENHAIR (HID A MARINE) *
20   DVORAK (V + OR) in DAK
24 Harry (14ac MOLEST) PSEUD DUPES *
25   RAFFIA RAFF + I’ + A
26   DILATANT DI + LAT(e) + ANT
29 outpouring (47ac TORRENT) SEA DUST (SUDS ATE) *
31   ALL-TIME TIM in ALLE(y)
33   EXPOSE POS in EXE
35 complications (12ac NODI) LEONE NOEL < + E
36   (HOUR)IS HOUR + IS
37 pluck (6ac PLINK) EMUS SUM < after E
38   LA(METER) LATER around ME
39 plate (43ac LAMINA) FEMUR RUM < after FE
43 milky (9dn MILCH) LEO CLEO − C
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