Listener Crossword 3971: Solution Notes

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Franglais by Nutmeg

Puzzle explanation

English definitions in clues (with linked French word) were Across: 12 cordial (affable) 13 amorous (fond) 14 dark (sable) 22 supporters (bras) 28 anger (rage) 29 confessed (sang) 36 sickness (mal); Down: 2 derrick (crâne) 3 select (élite) 4 name (cité) 5 delivery (articulation) 6 hollow (dent) 7 tycoon (entrepreneur) 8 trouble (pain) 9 accommodation (billet) 15 variegated (pied) 21 cake (éclair) 22 fake (fabrication) 23 unvarnished (mère) 25 stock (talon) 31 features (traits). As usual, accents have been disregarded in wordplay and grid entries, as well as comparison between the languages; they have been shown here and in the table below to specify the French words appropriately.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra word/Ref Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 5dn ARTICULATION TRUCIAL* + (n)ATION
10 13ac FOND FOUND – U
11 2dn CRÂNE RAN in CE
12 cordial FAMOUS FUS(s) about (A MO)
13 Amorous MOO-COW OOM < + COW
14 dark ABB A + BB
16 25dn TALON TON about AL(l)
17 22ac BRAS B + RAS
18 28ac RAGE Hidden
20 15dn PIED PI + ED
22 supporters’ PLEASE Homophone (pleas)
24 21dn ÉCLAIR CE < + LAIR
26 29ac SANG SAN + G(o)
27 6dn DENT DEN + T’
28 anger BALU BA + L + U
29 confessed AGMAS AG + MASS – S
33 36ac MAL First letters
34 9dn BILLET BI + (William) TELL <
35 31dn TRAITS TROTS – O about AI
36 sickness LOWER Two definitions, one a facetious construction from “low”
37 4dn CITÉ (Athl)ETIC <
38 7dn ENTREPRENEUR PETER RUN* about RENÉ
DOWN
1 12ac AFFABLE A + F-FABLE
2 derrick TOMBAC (CAB + MOT) <
3 select IN ON IN + ON
4 name UPSTAIR PURIST* about A
5 delivery LIMA MAIL*
6 hollow ACOL COL after A
7 Tycoon TROOPER REPORT < about O
8 trouble ON ONE’S PLATE Two definitions
9 accommodation NEWED Homophone (nude)
10 22dn FABRICATION IN in FAB RATION
15 variegated BRAID Two definitions, one Scots
19 3dn ÉLITE (cak)E + LITE
21 cake HAGGLER GG in HALER
22 fake PUNSTER PE TURNS*
23 unvarnished EMULSOR MO RULES*
25 stock SAMITE SAE about MIT
26 14ac SABLE ELBA’S <
30 23dn MÈRE WERE with W upside down, as M
31 features ATOP AT OP; reference surgery
32 8dn PAIN PIN about A
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