Listener Crossword 3965: Solution Notes

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Solitaire by Xanthippe

Puzzle explanation

Answers for the Solitaire grid were as shown in the table below. The order of peg removal (with Horizontal/Vertical direction where choice existed) was: AT, EL, T, S(V), U, OL, EM(H), DE, ME, V(H), NA, NT, RE(H), I(V), IO, L, C, L, LA(V), ES, IS, AN, CE, AR, A, RY, R, DI, AM, O, N, D(not removed).

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
KEY GRID
  SENNA TEA (SENATE about N) + A
  ELLA ALLEY < – Y
  COLL COOL, O replaced by L
  VARIOLA VARIOUS – US + LA
  EGRESSES (SS about E + SERGE) <
  DEMENT MEN in DENT
  ANISE ANI’S + E(AT)
  NOTATE (A + T) in ETON <
  ELEMENTARY (CELERY – C) about MENTA(l)
  SEVERANCE SEVEN about RA + C + E
  ENLARGES GENERAL’S*
  TALA T(ourist) + A + LA
  ECUS Hidden
  BLISTERY BY about LISTER
  RENATA (A TANNER) < – N
  REDEEM (DEEP – P) in R.E.M.; facetious reference to rock group’s name
  DENE DEE about (gree)N
SOLITAIRE GRID: ACROSS
1 SCAM SCAM(p)
4 TON (s)TON(e)
5 REVELATIONAL (A + L) after (REV + ELATION)
9 DEIL LIED <
10 CEDAR C(reature)E + DAR(k)
11 EMOLUMENTARY (MOMENT about (U + L) <) in YEAR*
13 LADIES DIE in (LAVS – V)
14 RANIS RANK, K replaced by IS
SOLITAIRE GRID: DOWN
1 STELLULAR TAR about (LULL + E) < after S(ky)
2 COAT CHOCOLATE* – CHLOE*
3 AMNIOCENTESIS (SOME INSTANCE + I)*
5 REDEEM TREAT – THAT + MEED <
6 VIOL VIL(e) about O
7 NADA Hidden
8 LARRY RALLY, R to L, L to R, L to R
12 MEDIAN MEAN about DI
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