Listener Crossword 3956: Solution Notes

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A & D by The Tall’n

Puzzle explanation

The puzzle marked the Diamond Wedding anniversary of the Queen and Prince Philip on November 20, 2007, revealed by the highlighted cells. Ten A answers were types of gifts associated with different wedding anniversaries: 1 paper, 3 leather, 6 iron, 7 wool, 11 steel, 12 linen, 13 lace, 20 china, 40 ruby, 50 gold, which were to be numbered with the appropriate number of years. (These were to be numbered using the convention set out in an Appendix to Chambers Dictionary, as indicated in the preamble.) A further ten across entries were words associated with “diamond”: hitch, shaped, sparkler, baseball, dust, rivière, dove, Koh-i-noor, Cullinan, beetle, in eight cases defined with the inclusion of “diamond” , eg, “baseball diamond” clued by “part of field”. D clues were entered in cells forming a diamond in the grid, starting at the numbered cell.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
A CLUES
2 HITCH H + ITCH
8 SHAPED AP in SHED
(40) RUBY RUB + Y
(6) IRON (OR in NI) <
15 SPARKLER KL in SPARER
17 BASEBALL BASS + BALL
(1) PAPER PA + PER
(12) LINEN LINE + N
21 DUST Two definitions
22 ASCI SC in AI
25 RIVIERE (IE + R) in RIVE; reference ice as diamonds, rope as a string of precious stones
(7) WOOL L after WOO
(13) LACE DECAL – D
(3) LEATHER THE in LEAR
33 DOVE Two definitions; one North American
34 EDGE (l)EDGE(r)
(20) CHINA CHIN + A
37 BALDY L earlier in BADLY; Scottish meaning
39 KOH-I-NOOR HI + NO in ROOK <
41 CULLINAN CULL + I + NAN(a)
(50) GOLD GOD about L
45 NAAN NAAM, M replaced by N
49 BEETLE BEATLE (John Lennon) with E for A (it)
(11) STEEL ST + EEL
D CLUES
4 TREENAIL (ATELIER + N)*
5 HUER Homophone (hewer)
8 SCAB SCAB <
10 BARS Two definitions
9 EMES SEEM*
18 PUPA-CASE PA about UP + CASE
14 RUIN RUIN(g)
14 RUNS (d)RUN(k) + S
16 REPHRASE SHARPER* + E
19 EARS (h)EARS
18 PERT PER + T
29 CETE Two definitions
23 CIAO CIA + O
23 COAL A in COL
24 GIBE B in GIE
26 VELIGERS (REG’S + VILE)*
27 OLEA (AE + LO(w)) <
38 LUBE BLUE*
28 DISH Even letters in “admits she”
31 TIED Homophone (tide)
29 COLE COLE(y)
29 CONE First letters
30 EDAM MADE < (from the East)
41 CADDICES CAD + DICES
32 SHIM S + HIM
32 SMOTHERS MOTHER in SS
35 GLUTTONY GUILT* – I + TONY
44 CUTE CUT + E
36 INNUENDO IN + UNDONE*
47 ANUS JANUS – J; Roman guardian of doors
42 NAIN Alternate letters in “invasion”
46 AEON AE + ON; “for them” refers back to “Scotland’s”
43 LOGY THEOLOGY – (THE + O)
48 YELL YE + ’LL
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