Listener Crossword 3995: Solution Notes

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Puzzle explanation

The unclued radial entries were the 30-day months of the French Revolutionary calendar in order. Jumbled answers are shown in the table below, as are Ring answers. The three unclued entries were liberté, égalité and fraternité. The precise positioning and orientation of the letters in the central four quadrants is unimportant, though, as the months were to be entered normally, they must be shown in the correct order.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
RADIALS
1a CINERARIUM (RARE + I + CUMIN) *
1b DIABLERIES BLE(y) in DIARIES
2a AMBERFISH FISH after BREAM *
2b REANIMATE ANIMA in RETE
3a HAEMATURIA HA(s) + EM + AT + U + AIR <
3b JIGAMAREE JIG + A + MARE + E
4a VISCOSE VIS + COSE
4b SUBOVATE BUS < + OVATE
5a SEA LION SEAL + I + ON
5b LIONESSES NOISELESS *
6a DESOLATE DE(n) + SO + LA + TE
6b SESTETTO STET in SET + O
7a JETPLANE PLAN in (JET + E)
7b TULIPANTS TULIP + ANTS
8a ALEVIN ALE + VIN
8b PENALTY LANE < replacing I in PITY
9a LIAISE LISE about AI
9b ALLYING ALLY + IN + G
10a MISORDERS (SORD(o) + E) in MIRS
10b WOSBIRD WORD about IBS <
11a DEMOCRATIC (ACTOR + MEDIC) *
11b DORICISM (DO + IS) about RIC(h) + M(ock); “one” refers back to “party”
12a INDAGATOR GRADATION *
12b STRADIOT DARTS < + (TO I) <
RINGS
2a JUG Two definitions; not CAN: Chambers lists “the can”
2b BEN Two definitions
3a ALP A- + L + P
3b TUG TUAREG – (A + RE)
3c MET Hidden
3d DEITY DIET * + Y
3e FRY Two definitions
3f FUNDS FUDS about N(ettle)
4a CRAG CR + AG
4b ALNUS A + L + NUS
4c FAH F + A + H
4d CHASM CH + ’AS + M
4e PREVE EVE after PR
4f EBBED E + B + BED
5a INSURES INSURES *
5b UNSEAMS US about (SEAMEN – E)
5c ENVOI Hidden
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