Listener Crossword 4158: Solution Notes

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Two Little Words by Danda

Puzzle explanation

The phrase “cheap and nasty” appears in rows 6 to 8. Of the unclued entries, three are synonyms of “cheap” (SIXPENNY, INEXPENSIVE, A DIME A DOZEN), three are synonyms of “nasty” (LOVELY, INDECENT, NAUSEOUS) and one means “cheap and nasty” (SHODDY).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
2 REIMPORT REPORT around I’M
7 OWED homophone of ODE
11 PICNICKERS homophone of PICK KNICKERS
12 IN RE REIN with the letters cycled
13 SPAHI SPA + H + I
15 ARDS ’ARD + S
17 TEEPEE homophone of TP
18 OBSIGNS BOSSING *
20 E(CHE) E
22 (AP)OZEM ME(z)ZO <
24 DE(AN) D + E
26 EMUS (th)E MUS(tard)
27 (STY)ING ING
28 AESC (Encyclopedi)A ESC(ulapii); ref. alternative spelling Encyclopædia Æsculapii
30 STRIGIL (IT GIRLS) *
32 DIDDER (REDD + ID) <
36 AIDE MAIDEN − M(e)N
37 INFRA (ma)INFRA(me)
39 ZEUS SUEZ <
40 STRIPTEASE (SISTER + TAPE) *
41 EACH (p)EACH(y)
DOWN
1 OPIATE (I + ATE) after OP
3 ECRU CRUDE * − (bleache)D
4 MISLE(AD) M + ISLE
5 OKA OK + A
6 TRIOS RIOT * + S
8 WORD DROW <
9 EDDY 2 meanings
10 DESISTS DEISTS around S
14 PRE(P)A(Y) PRE + A
16 SOOTILY SNOOTILY − N
19 GAME 2 meanings
21 (HAA)R (Dunba)R
23 ZANDER AND in (Z + ER)
24 DISEASE DI’S + EASE
25 AGITATE A + GI + TATE
29 CRISES C(aused) + RISES
31 GEITS I in GETS
33 LIRA L + IRA
34 ODIC (rhaps)ODIC(al)
35 LEAN 2 meanings
38 FIX 2 meanings
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