Listener Crossword 4188: Solution Notes

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Puzzle explanation

Circles 1 and 5 contained parts (in bold text below) of the last lines of Rupert Brooke’s The Old Vicarage, Grantchester, written in Berlin in May 1912:

Say, is there Beauty yet to find?
And Certainty? and Quiet kind?
Deep meadows yet, for to forget
The lies, and truths,
and pain? ... oh! yet
Stands the Church clock at
ten to three?
And is there honey still for tea?

Extra letters from wordplay spelt “alter four cells to show poet”, requiring solvers to change REVERT and BRONZE to RUPERT BROOKE, positioned at “ten to three” as if on a clock face.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation [extra letter]
1 ATTACK [A]A + T + TACK
2 CHATTA C + HAT + TA
3 ODESSA [L]ODES + SA
4 ASSAIL ASSAI + (radia)L
5 COUGHS [T]OUGH in CS
6 HAUGHS UGH in HA’S
7 STATIC STATIC[E]
8 STAGER AGE in STR
9 BUREAU RUB < + [R]ÉAU
10 BURSCH BURS + CH; “without repeating” rules out BUR[R]S
11 BROMIC (Rhubar)B [F]ROM IC(e-cold)
12 BRONZE BONZER with R moved forward
13 STRATH HARTS < around T[O]
14 STROUT STOUT around (weight-watche)R
15 SALADS SA + LA[U]DS
16 DREADS D + READS
17 NYLONS LO[R]N in SYN <
18 AXIONS ON in AXIS
19 TESLAS (SAL + SET) <
20 SALLES SS around [C]ALLE(t)
21 TRUISM (U + M[E]RITS) *
22 EGOISM EG + O + IS + M
23 MEEKLY (w)EEKLY after ’M
24 ADDEEM ADD[L]E + EM
25 CIRCLE C(ameron) + IR + CLEGG − G − G
26 TAURIC C(arcass) after RITUA[L] *
27 CLOVER CLOVE + (arbo)R(etum)
28 CLOTHO CO[S] around LOTH
29 FLARES L in FARES’
30 SERIAL SE[T] + RIAL
31 SHAMAL SH + LAMA <
32 SHALLI HAL[O] in SLI(p)
33 STRUNT STRUT[S] around N
34 STRIMS RIMS after ST
35 STABLY ST + ABLY
36 STACTE ACTS * + T[H]E
37 NYASES SAY < in NES(t)
38 OPUSES [O]USE in OP’S
39 HE-DOGS H(apless) E(ditor) + DOGS
40 EMBOGS ([W]E + BOGS) around M
41 REVERT [P]RE + VERTEX − EX
42 TREBLE TREE around B(u)L(k)
43 HERIOT H[O]E + RIOT
44 TOILET LET after TOI(l)
45 STIFFS STI[E]S around (du)FF
46 IN-OFFS (sp)IN-OFFS
47 TORSOS TOR[T] + SOS
48 AVISOS (SO + SIVA) <
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