Listener Crossword 4205: Solution Notes

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Murder Mystery 2 by Gos

Puzzle explanation

John Dickson Carr was a pioneer of the “locked room” genre of mysteries. Under the pseudonym Carter Dickson he wrote Nine and Death Makes Ten (also known as Murder in the Submarine Zone), which appears in the grid in a rectangular representation of a sealed room, with H.M., the popular name for his detective Sir Henry Merrivale, at the centre. Carr’s other detective, Dr (Gideon) Fell, also featured in the grid as a red herring.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 TRANSCRIPTASE (SAT NEAR) * around SCRIPT
12 OMELETTE (Tires)OME LETTE(r)
14 DIRTILY DAILY with (I + R + T) for A
16 HASID HAS ID
18 LODEN LO(ne) + DEN
19 SAINT (ISN’T + A) *
20 AGONE A + GONE
22 DERM RED < + M(easles)
23 FEUAR U in FEAR
25 WERSH (SHOWER − O) *
26 TASTE TASTEVIN − VIN
28 NAIRA N/A + I’ + RA
30 CUBLESS BLESS after CU(t)
34 MOMENTUM MO + MENTUM
35 DAIKO (OK + I + AD) <
37 EATEN homophone of ETON
38 SCREAMER (S + AMER) around CRE(d)
39 ARNAOUT ARNOLD with AOÛT for OLD; ref. Matthew Arnold
41 ODEUM (Dém)ODÉ UM(brella)
43 EDDIE (n)E(e)D(e)D (l)I(n)E; ref. singer Eddie Fisher
48 NITRO N(ot) I(ntended) T(o) R(elieve) O(edema)
51 ALLEY VALLEY − V
53 BLEE BLEE(d)
54 HABIT 2 meanings
56 BLARE (g)ARBLE(d) *
57 AGUTI A + GUT + I
58 EXIST EX + IS + T’
59 ROSELLE ROSE + ’LL + (fad)E
60 WHITENER (T + HER WINE) *
DOWN
2 RESORT REST around OR(b)
3 ALISMA (Seneg)AL IS MA(rsh-mallow)
4 STRIFT ST + RIFT
5 CTENE (E, N + ETC) <
6 REFT RE + FT
7 IDEA IDEA(l)
8 PILGRIMER PILER around GRIM(e)
9 ATONE A + TONE
10 SIDERITE SIDER + IT + E
11 WYNDHAM’S THEATRE (THAT’S WHERE MANY) * around D(rama)
13 MASERU (A + SER) in MU
15 LEYS 2 meanings
17 DAIS DAIS(y)
21 OWN (Br)OWN(ing)
24 UNMORAL (L’AMOUR + N) *
27 MOAN SAMOAN − SA
29 ANTA ANT + A
31 LIEU U after LIE
32 SOMHAIRLE (HAIR + L) in SOME
33 HEST ESTH *
36 ARETHUSA USA after EARTH *
40 UNEASE UNE around SEA *
42 MOB MOB(ile)
44 DYADIC (DAY in CID) <
45 DARE 3 meanings
46 IBEXES IB + EXES, ref. XX = 20 in Roman numerals
47 EL NIÑO ONLINE *
49 INGO INGO(t)
50 RATER ((sec)RET AR(my)) <
52 ELCHI EL + C(hief) + HI
55 TIER homophone of TEAR
56 BAWD W(omen) in BAD
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