Listener Crossword 4236: Solution Notes

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Oh No! Not Another Playfair by Mordred

Puzzle explanation

The Playfair code phrase is WORDPLAY GIVES FUN. The explanation of the Playfair cipher was a red herring, as nothing needed to be encoded or decoded.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
Across
1 PRESS-UP PRE + PUSS <
6 SPADES PASSED *
10 RENT 2 meanings
12 PINYIN PLINY − L + IN
13 ELIAD DELIA with D moved
14 HOURS BOTH − BOT + OURS
16 OVERWORD OVER + WORD
17 PAPAW PAP + (W + A) <
19 PLAYGIRLS PLAY GIRLS; ref. characters in Chekhov play
21 ENLEVÉ E + (R L STEVENSON) * − SNORTS *
22 FUSAIN FIN around USA
25 SNOOLED ’S + NED aroud LOO <
27 SUDDEN SUDD + E(gyptia)N
29 EYRIES (EYRE + ’S) around I; ref. Jane Eyre
31 DISPARAGE DIS + PAR + AGE
34 AGOGE (s)A(n)G (s)O(n)G + E(xtra)
35 DAMASSIN DIN around (A + MASS)
37 LAIRS LAIRDS − D
38 ADDAX ADD + A + X
39 SQUARE 2 meanings
40 EWES SEWE(d) <
41 UPSWAY UPS + WAY
42 KEENERS KEEN + ERS
Down
1 PRIORESS TESS with PRIOR for the first letter; ref. Matthew Prior, Tess of the D’Urbervilles
2 REEVE RE + EVE
3 STIRPES R in STIPES
4 SPAWL (L + WAPS) <
5 UNDO GUN DOG − G − G
6 SPOD S(tudy) P(hilosophy) O(f) D(escartes)
7 PIUPIU PIÙ + PI + U
8 DYSPLASIA (PA SADLY IS) *
9 SNOWY NO in SWY
11 CHRYSOPRASE homophone of (CHRIS + APPRAISE)
15 BASIS BASINS − N
18 GLADIOLUS GLAD + IO + LUS(h)
20 AEON AE + ON
22 FLEA (A + ELF) <
23 NOSINESS (NO SINS) around (Thund)E(rbird)S
24 JUDGE JUDE around G; ref. last epistle in New Testament
26 DRESDEN D + (p)RES(i)DEN(t)
28 EPEIRA (EPEIRA + DRAGO) * = (A GO REPAIRED) *
30 LASSU (koa)LA’S SU(re)
32 GADGE GAD + EG <
33 FIXER (X + FIRE) *
35 DREY YERD <
36 MAZE AZ in ME
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