Listener Crossword 4247: Solution Notes

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Yod Jsyv Dox by Ottorino

Puzzle explanation

Each encoding consisted of advancing a word’s letters by 4, 6 or 10 alphabetical places (wrapping from Z to A where necessary), always resulting in a new word. Clue misprints spelt out “six and four”, giving two of the offsets and suggesting the sum for the other. The title was “Six Four Ten” with the words advanced by 6, 4 and 10 letters respectively.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Coding or misprint Answer Explanation
Across
1 ret = nap + 4 MPRET (P + RET) after M
5   VERQUERE VEE(r) around (R + QU + ER)
10 S: Mo(t)h BOMBYX BOMB + Y + X
11 Step = Opal + 4 ESPRIT STEP * around (b)RI(o)
13   REFT RE + F(el)T
14 I: g(o)lly LUMMY LUM + MY
16 go = we + 10 REGREDE (homophone of GREED) after RE
17   UREDO URE + DO
19   MEIOSIS (I in SOME *) + IS
21 tiger = pecan + 4 SAMBUR BURMA’S *
22 X: fi(t) MUU-MUU homophone of MOO MOO
25   PAPER-CASE PAPER + CASE
28 A: be(e)tle WHEWED WED around HEW
30   TRIP UP (PUPPET with IR for PE) <
32 Stir = Open + 4 OBTUSER (TOES RUB) *
35   LAPIS LAP + IS
37 Ugly = Oafs + 6 ARIMASP SPA * after (A + RIM)
38 N: (c)ut CUBED ((divi)DE BUC(keye)) <
39   PROP P(osition) after PRO
40 dry = tho + 10 SEREST (advi)SE REST(ing)
41 (t)runk SAPPAN SAP + PAN
42 led = but + 10 SEED-LACS (CASES LED) *
43   SYMAR S + MARY *
Down
1 F: ma(n)ia GOLLUM (g)OL(d) in GLUM
2 Hear = Dawn + 4 PHEER homophone of FEAR
3   ESTRO ((sp)ORTS E(ditor)) <
4   THREW UP WU in PERTH *
5   VEADAR (DAME VERA − ME) *
6 Newly = Dumbo + 10 RESKEW WESKER *
7 mazy = guts + 6 UPHROES UP + HORSE *
8 O: b(e)ast ANOA (pi)ANO A(ccordionists)
9   ETHOSES THO’ in (ES + ES)
12 Sorry = Mills + 6 INDIES INSIDE *
15 Harry = Bulls + 6 SEMI-RURAL (RAIL USER + M(eets)) *; found in Chambers definition of “Aga saga”
18 noon = deed + 10 IMPOT (M after I) + TOP <
20 pet = lap + 4 SWEPT S + W + PET *
23   EGOLESS (LOSES GAME − (A + M)) *
24 Ruin = Loch + 6 URBANE (EARN + BU(te)) *
26 zed = put + 10 AGUIZED (I + ZED) after (A + GU(y))
27   AROINTS (c)AR + (IS NOT) *
29   NEPETA N + EP + ATE <
30   THROES homophone of THROWS
31 U: n(o)t LALLAN (NALLA + L) <
33 nest = hymn + 6 EMPTY (PITY ME) * − I
34   PSORA OR in ASP <
36 R: (d)ays JULY (U(ltraviolet) L(ight)) in JY
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