Listener Crossword 4230: Solution Notes

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Elm by Quinapalus

Puzzle explanation

Grid B answers formed a 5×5 grid. Corrections and skipped letters from Grid A spelt out “cut along grid lines by skipped letters” and “Pythagorean triple”. Grid A is cut at the positions of skipped letters and the three pieces are assembled with Grid B to make the final 13×13 grid. The dissection illustrates that 5, 12 and 13 form a Pythagorean triple, ie, 52 + 122 = 132. The title comprises the 5th, 12th and 13th letters of the alphabet.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

Misprint Answer [skipped] Explanation
Grid A
(C)ooked À LA ALA
a(U)to’s BHP HP after B
  PAT[T]É PÂTÉ
  ENGR[A]CE (C GREEN) *; ref. BBC Radio 4 announcer Charlotte Green
hea(L)ing CAUDLE CLAUDE *
b(O)lls COR 2 meanings
  E[N]TIRE TIREE with E moved
lo(G)s COSECH C(aff) + CHOSE *
  DO[G]-ENDS SODDEN *
  ENTE[R]ER (ori)ENTEER(ing)
  REDU[I]T (INTRUDER − R − IN) *
si(D)e EDGE HEDGE with dropped aitch
  ESTE[L]LA SET * + E-LA
men(I)al ETA ATE <
  RUI[N]S I in RUS
  COHER[E]R C/O + HERR
(S)how EXPO EX + PO
(B)itten FOOLED FLED around OO
  P[Y]RITI[S]E R(ock) in PIT + IE
Par(K)y GLOW PLUG (LOW + P) in GLUG
h(I)ps JACQUE JACQUE(s)
(P)ails KITS 2 meanings
gras(P) LATCH ON TO LATCH + O + NOT *
  EL[E]A ALE <
(D)iddy LEAST TALES *
(L)ine NIELLI (v)ILLEIN(age) <
  MAPP[E]RS (P(orn) R(eceived)) in SPAM *
  LO[T]A (c)LOA(k)
  SA[T]INS SAINS
(E)ats OCA O’ + C + A
  LEI[R]S LEI + S
(S)ignifies OLIGO- LIG in (O + O)
(P)oetic POURSUIT SPIRITUOUS * − IS *
pon(Y) PUNTEE PUNT + EE
  RATE [T]ARTS TEAR in RATS
  TIT[H]ED TITE + D
  NOSE[A]N NOSE + N
(G)o REAST (rubbe)R + EAST
Méd(O)c RED 2 meanings
Ma(R)ine SEA ’S + AE <
(E)lement STANNATE ANN in STATE
  A[N]AT[A]SE A + A(bou)T S(ky)E
  LOCUST [T]REE (TO CLUE RESIN − IN) *
(R)asping STRIDOR (IS TORRID − I) *
r(I)g SUBFUSC SUB- + F + U + SC; ref. Michael Foot, former editor of ISIS magazine
(P)air UNTEAM UN + MEAT *
non-(L)ocal XENO- (ONE + X) <
Main(E) YENTAS (N + YEAST) *
Grid B Across
  SAE SAGE − G
  ONS 2 meanings
  NATES NAT + E(arth’s) S(hadow)
  IZARD WIZARD − W
  CHEST (a)CHES T(hrob)
Grid B Down
  TONIC (Godo)T ON IC(e)
  INA IN + A
  AVERS WAVERS − W
  EMS HEMS − H
  TAE 2 meanings (see etymology of “tae kwon do”)
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