Listener Crossword 4264: Solution Notes

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Puzzle explanation

Misprints from clues spelt out “signing a death warrant; sixteen forty-nine”. The highlighted central C shape symbolises the head of King Charles I. The perimeter comprises some of the more well-known of the 59 regicides who signed his death warrant, namely (Oliver) Cromwell, (Henry) Ireton, (Henry) Marten, (Hardress) Waller, (John) Okey, (John) Bradshaw and (Edmund) Ludlow.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer Explanation
Across
8 S: (L)etter RAPPEE RAP + PEE
10 I: G(U)t ILEUM (p)ILEUM
11 G: pa(P)er RHEA 2 meanings
12 N: li(V)es NISUS IS in SUN <
13 I: tr(A)ck WAKE 2 meanings
15 N: (S)erine SKATER KAT in SER
17 G: (T)rim CICUTA CIA around CUT
18 A: wo(O)d LATHE 2 meanings
19 D: (C)amp ENTENTE TENT in ENE
20 E: b(O)ard DATABLE TABLE after DA(d)
23 A: f(O)rmed SEDAN ANDES *
26 T: (M)arring ABUSER BUS in (AE + R(etene))
27 H: (F)ens LONELY LONG − G + ELY
29 W: (O)ater ORCA O(ater) R(ises) C(overing) A(iling)
30 A: y(E)p NOYES NO + YES
31 R: (F)are DISH 3 meanings
32 R: Si(D)es AISLE (P)AISLE(y)
33 A: (S)ide HANDEL HAND + EL-A − À
Down
1 N: cha(R)t MARACA MA(p) + RACA
2 T: shor(E) ÉPÉE (on)E (shar)P (shor)E (tin)E
3 S: (F)allow LEAGUE LEA + GUE
4 I: t(O)n LENS LENTS − T
5 X: coa(T)ed RISKY (IS + K) in RY
6 T: was(H)ing ELUATE U in ELATE
7 E: fo(R) OUVERT OÙ + VERT
9 E: (R)osin TISANE RETSINA * − R(osin)
14 N: ca(T) KITTEN NET < after KIT
16 F: (D)erns TINDER (brough)T IN DER(ns)
19 O: r(E)ared E-LAYER (YALE < + R) around E
21 R: bea(U) ADONIS A + DON + IS
22 T: (H)ooting AREOLA O(w)L in AREA
23 Y: d(O)ing SUIDAE SUI + DAE
24 N: (B)ow ARCHER 2 meanings; ref. character in radio serial The Archers
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