## Death Row by Ifor

### Puzzle explanation

The puzzle is based on the rhyme about Lizzie Borden and the murder of her parents:

Lizzie Borden took an axe
And gave her mother forty whacks;
When she saw what she had done,
She gave her father forty-one!

Some across answers had AX (in the American spelling) removed to make the entry word. The extra letters in the other across clues spelt out “Mass. murderer”, referring to the Massachusetts location. The extra letters in down clues gave “shuffle letters from one row”, referring to the top row of the grid, which contained a jumble of LIZZIE BORDEN. FATHER and MOTHER could be placed in either location in the bottom row of the grid; the ambiguity was resolved by (entering) the grid numbers of those two entries, 40 (MOTHER) and 41 (FATHER).

In reality, Borden’s mother was struck 18 or 19 times, her father was struck 11 times, and Lizzie was acquitted of the murders.

### Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

Extra letter Answer (omitted letters) Explanation
Across
(M)ember’s BENZIL (LINE < around Z) after (em)B(er)
CLIM(AX)ES MILES * after C(ourse)
W(A)ry CRIBELLUM (BRUCE ILL) * + M(istake)
ride(S) DOZIER RIDE * around OZ
(S)old FATHER FAT + HER
L(AX)EST (peop)LE ST(retch)
MAL(AX)ATE AL in MATE
M(AX)ILLIPEDE PED in MILLIE
MON(AX)IAL TESTIMONIAL − (TEST + I)
Rear(M) MOTHER (OR around THE) after M
ca(U)sed ORD (po)OR D(ecision)
leve(R) OVERALLED (LEVE + L + ROAD) *
ca(D)ging PALLIER PIER around ALL
h(E)aving POISE POSE around I
POLE(AX) LOP < + E(nemy)
REL(AX)ATIONS (L + NOTARIES) *
ho(R)ses SHOES HOSES *
loos(E) SOLANOS (LOOS + ANS) *
T(AX)ABLE ABLET with T moved forward
T(AX)INGS (IT’S + NG) *
D(R)ead UGH CAUGHT − surrounding CAT
Down
resi(S)ting ADDRESSOR (ORDERS + A + DS) *
(H)ere BEE BE + E(re)
sho(U)t BOO ((n)O (d)O(u)B(t)) *
(F)ends CALF ((lega)L (staf)F) after CA
(F)lake CALM L in CAM
sa(L)vaged CELLOS (COLLAPSE − AP) *
ch(E)ats CHILIAST (CHATS + (v)I(s)I(b)L(y)) *
s(L)ack DUMP TRUCK DUMP + TRUCK
fac(E)tiously ERDOS (ENDORSED − END) *
(T)annoy FEESE FEES + E
Skin(T) FLENSE F + LENSE(s)
m(E)an GOMBO MOG < + BO
(R)etches GRILSE (GIRL + E(tche)S) *
(S)pared HINT (S)HINT(o)
(F)ails ILLS ILL + S(uccess) or (succes)S
sp(O)ilt LEAL LEGAL − G
Fil(M)ing LIN (Fi)LIN(g)
G(O)od LOR O in (L + R)
Ma(N)’s MORALS MA’S with ORAL for A
scr(E)ams OPIOID (PRODIGIOUS + D) * − DRUG *
A(R)gued RIPT TRIP *
came(O) ULEMA (c)AME LU(ckily) <
(W)ill ZORILLOS (ILL + R) * in ZOOS