Listener Crossword 3991: Solution Notes

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Flower Arranging by Dipper

Puzzle explanation

Across entries and wordplay in clues had “cut” flowers; down entries were “arranged”, ie, jumbled. Answers and cut flowers are given in the table below.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Flower Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 ORRIS MORRIS DANCER MC about (Desperate) DAN + RE <
8 RUE ACCRUES A + C + CS
11 STATICE STATIC ELECTRICITY CITY CERTAINLY* – ANY*
13 PINK PINKERTON (imposte)R in ETON
14 MALLOW MARSHMALLOWS MAR + S(upper) + HS (in this sense)
16 ROSE KEROSENE Hidden
17 ASTER DISASTER AREA DREA(d) about IS A
19 THRIFT SPENDTHRIFTS P in SEN + DS (pence, shillings); capital = money
21 BUGLE BUGLE-CALL Hidden, reversed; Chambers Dictionary gives this as hyphenated, so “two words”, though possibly helpful in solving the clue, was incorrect
22 ALOE HALO EFFECT H + F + FECIT – I
24 SCILLA OSCILLATE TO < + E(exercise)
25 LILY LOWLILY Middle letters
26 CANNA CANNABINOID (BIN + I + ’D) about O
28 LUPIN IDA LUPINO IDAHO – H(amlet)
31 MAY DISMAYING DING about (I + S)
33 STOCK SILK STOCKING L in SIK(e) + IN + G(arden); not in Chambers Dictionary, but common enough not to need a citation
35 ARUM ALARUMED Two definitions (ALED as Welsh name)
38 WELD ARC WELDING A RING about C
40 IRIS IRISHNESS SHE ISN’T* – IT*; reference James Joyce
41 ERICA AMERICANISATION IS in (A + M + NATION)
42 VIOLA INVIOLATE INTE(rred)
43 FLAG IN FLAGRANTE HE ENTERTAINS* – THESE*
DOWN
1   KEMP KEP about M
2   POLDER P + OLDER
3   NEAT (NATURE – UR)*
4   NONCE NON-CE; CE = Church of England
5   FINDERS FIND + (tig)ERS
6   MIRIN MIR(e) + IN
7   CAP Two definitions, one an abbreviation
8   ARIA A + RI + A(rrive)
9   CHYLE CHYME, M (1000) replaced by L (50)
10   GESTALTS GESTAPO, PO replaced by LT’S
12   DEFINITE (FIN + IT) in DEE
15   SAILOR SLO(p) about AI + R(ock); we apologise for the oversight that only the plural is used for pig feed (or pigfeed)
18   ETHICISE ETHE about (I + SIC <)
19   ISLAMISM IS + LAM + I(ndependent) + S(ecular) + M(ovement)
20   CLAWED Homophone (CLAUDE)
23   TANGOED (AND GOT + (maypol)E)*
27   TENSON TEN(ny)SON
29   DRAIN (o)N RADI(o)*
30   GINKS KILLINGS* – ILL
32   ASIAN AS + IAN (Scots name)
34   NIKE N + IKE
36   LONE Hidden
37   KEDS ED in KS
39   FIN FINIS – IS
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