Listener Crossword 4169: Solution Notes

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Seaside Shuffle by Monk

Puzzle explanation

The puzzle marked the 40th anniversary of the Morecambe and Wise sketch in which ERIC MORECAMBE told ANDRÉ PREVIN that he was “playing all the right notes, but not necessarily in the right order”. Almost all entries had transpositions of at least one pair of different “notes” (letters A to G), with the other letters retaining their natural positions; PREVIN alone was unaffected because it has only a single note. Extra letters in clue order spelt “all the right notes but not in the right” (thus “necessarily” short); the missing final word appeared with its notes transposed as OREDR in the circled cells.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation [extra letter]
ACROSS
1 IDEALS S[A]ID − S(uspect) + SALE *
5 GROCER GR + [L]OCKER − K
10 BROCCOLI B + CO[L]LI(e) after ROC
11 INDISCRETE (ISN’[T] RECITED) *
15 DENE D[H] around ((th)E (souther)N (Rhin)E)
16 ARROGANCE [E]AR + ORGAN * + CE
18 GRAB R in GA[R]B
20 BORAX BOX around R[I]A
21 KEBAB [G]K + BABE <
22 GEAR G + [H]EAR
24 ESAU (r)ES[T]AU(rants)
27 AMEN CORNER CORNE(t) in MA[N]NER *
28 EDDY [O]ED + D(ictionar)Y
29 SYRACUSE (U(gl)Y + AC[T]RESS) *
30 DOG-BEE DOG[E] around BEE(r)
DOWN
1 IBICES IBI[S]ES around C
2 ARNE [B]ARNE(s); ref. footballer John Barnes
3 BAIT BIT around A[U]
4 SOAVE SAVE around [T]O
6 RIDGEBACK RI[N]D + EG < + BACK
7 GRECO-ROMAN (RECORD − D) in (G[O]ODMAN − D)
8 BINNACLE BIN + NACL + [T](h)E
9 RED BOX D[I] in RE-BOX
12 CORNED BEEF (CO[N] + NED + BEEF) around R
13 PERGOLESI POL[T]ERGEIS(t) *
14 SNAG GAS[H] < around N
17 ROADSTER R(ather) + O + D in [E]ASTER
19 FARE F + [R]ARE
21 KIDNAP PA[I]N < after KID
23 ZAGREB Z + BE[G]GAR *
25 BRED RED in B[H]
26 MESA SA after MET
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