Listener Crossword 4259: Solution Notes

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Puzzle explanation

Initials of extra words in clues spelt out “a novel twist reveals twelve new words”. The novel was The Turn of the Screw by Henry James, from which the author's name and the characters Flora, Miles, Quint and Jessel appeared in the clues. A central ring of letters in the grid, containing THE SCREW, was given a turn of 180°, making 12 new words (the Es being unchanged). The title is a reversal of WARDER (a screw).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra word Answer Explanation
Across
1 Armenian RECESS CE in (RE + SS)
5   STIRPS STRIPS with R moved to later position
10 nothing OUTSHINE (HOME UNITS) * − M
11 outing FIAT 2 meanings
12 vaulter COMPANY MAN (CHAMPION GYMNAST) * − SIGHT *
16 eating AGAR A + GAR
17 luck CASHES LASHES with C for L
19   CELL homophone of SELL
20 tips SERA ((cur)ARE + S(trychnine)) <
22 works REELS RE + (Jes)SEL *
23 inscription DINAH HAND < around I
25 science AGED GE in AD
28 treasury DOUT DO + UT
29   WADDLE W + DD in ALE
30 replica BERG BERGÈRE − ERE
33 event ICOSANDRIA (HOPE + ICOSANDRIA) * = (ONE APHRODISIAC) *
34 violent LISP IS in LP
35 engine UNLEADED UN(w)ED around LEAD
36 apéritif EATERY ((v)ERY (l)ATE) *
37 letters SERENE ERE in ENS <
Down
1 summer’s ROCOCO R(ange) + O’ + COCO; ref. Coco Chanel
2   EUOI U in (E O + I)
3 tuning ESPY E + ’S + P(robabl)Y
4 wheelchair SINES (acc)ESS could be seen as S in ES
6 exercises TEMPER MP in TEER
7 light-fingered RINGLEADER RINGER around LEAD
8 volleyball PARALLEL PA + RALL + EL(d)
9 Euro-MP STARTS TART in (Bru)SS(els)
13   MISANDRIST ADMINISTERS * − E
14 not AKEE (c)AKE E(nough)
15 excited SCAG GAS < around C
18 worker AKINESIA KINE in ASIA
21   RATE GENERATE − GÊNE
23 Wye DABBLE DALE around BB
24 obscenities HUMOUR HUM + O’ + UR-
26 respectable EARN (y)EARN
27 Darwin DECADE ECAD in D(unfermlin)E
29 singing WEALS WELS(h) around A(pril)
31   ADAR A + D + (R after A)
32   MIEN AMIENS − AS
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