Listener Crossword 4232: Solution Notes

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A Murder Mystery by Hedge-sparrow

Puzzle explanation

Extra letters in the letter-mixture clues gave HOUSEMAID. First and last letters of extra words in down clues spelt out “killer first, then unused letters”, so the code mapped the letters A-Z to HOUSEMAID followed by the rest of the alphabet in order. The detectives’ names (preceded in the grid by the labels A, B and C) and statements were A: Maigret “draped over floor”, B: Fr Brown “floating on lake” and C: Wimsey “at bottom of garden”. In the grid, the BODY is seen under GROUND (floor), on BUTTERMERE (lake) and at the top of EDEN (garden), so statements A and C are negated and B is correct.

For the weapon, ROD (revolver) and MERE (Maori war-club) were accepted as alternatives to the PONIARD (dagger) sticking into the victim.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra letter/word Answer Explanation (* jumble with [extra letter])
Across
1   OSCAR (O’ + CAR) around S
12   CILIATE CE around (ILIA + T(homas))
13 M CAPO * [M]AP CO(nfused)
14   LAODICEAN LA + DI(p) in OCEAN
15 D INFRA * FIN[D] A R(eference)
17   OURIE (c)OURIE(r)
19   PSI (sto)P SI(gnal)
22   EUOI EURO − R + I
23   ALLEGRO A + L + LEG + RO
24   UNDOCK UNDO + C(loc)K
26 E THEORBO * OBO[E] THER(e’s)
28 A DYSURIC * D[A]Y CRUIS(er)
30 S BUTTER * (plas)TER BU[S]T
32   MERELLS SMELL * around RE
34   ALAE À LA + (sh)E(ep)
38   OBO O(pen) + B + O’
40   LASER RESAL(e) <
41 I MINAS * IN M[I]SA(dventures)
42   ACETYLENE ACE + TYLER − R + NE
44 O SNYE * (Carr)EY’S [O]N
45 H TAPERED * (Pi)PE T[H]READ
46 U OLD PRO * PRO[U]D LO(cal)
47   SYRUP SPY * around RU(bies)
Down
1 ink OCCIPUT OCC(ult) + I + INPUT − IN
29 CLOSE-UP CLOSE + UP
2 local SWANS SS around WAN
39 BAYOU B + AYU around O
3 enter AGORA A’ after (AG + OR)
37 WISPY W + I + SPY
4 itself BELONG BEG around LON(don)
33 RARELY AR in RELY
5 rissoles MYA YAM *
43 NOR NO + R
6 throughout OIDIA (Alkal)OID I A(nalyse)
36 SALEP (A + L + E) in SP
7 he PLIE PLIE(s)
40 LYRA ARYL <
8 unknown KICKED K + I + DECK *
31 TESTED T + STEED *
9 upturn WAEFU’ TWAE − T + F + U
35 ALEPH (HELP A) *
10 esotericists ZENDIK KID < after ZEN
30 BALATA BALAAM with TA for AM
11 detail QUAVERED (QUA + D) around (VERSE − S(uperfluous))
21 UNSEAMED UN + homophone of SEEMED
12 extremist CORRODED D after (ROD in CORE)
20 PROMISED MI in PROSE + D
16 elegant ORLON ORLO(p) + ’N’
25 FILET FILE + T(unics)
18 sailor LOCI LOC(k) + I’
27 HULL 2 meanings
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