Listener Crossword 3999: Solution Notes

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Tobacco by Mr Lemon

Puzzle explanation

Extra letters in wordplay spelt: “Tobacco is snout and Sn tin” thus explaining the “metallic” change as SN out and T in (Sn = Tin), leaving the order of the remaining letters unchanged and always giving real words. Snout is prison slang for tobacco. Clue answers affected by the above were Across: 16 Selina 18 salon 19 sagouin 23 scans 34 solan, 35 selenological; Down: 1 basin 3 bos’ns 4 saginate 6 screen 9 snail-like 13 saran 16 snakeroot 22 stain 29 Ansen 30 sasin.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra
letter
Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 T BARBARY COAST BAR + BAR + SCOTTY * about A
10 O ARGO OAR + GO
11 B ARANEA ARAB + NEA(r)
12 A INITIATED AI + TITIAN * + ED
15 C DIAL Hidden
16   SELINA ALIENS *; possible connection with Greek for “moon”
17 C TREFOIL COIL about TRED
18   SALON LO in SAN
19   SAGOUIN SAGO + U(pset) + I(an’s) + N(igerian)
21 O KISMET MET after OIKS *
23   SCANS CAN in SS
25 I ECTYPAL LAIC TYPE *
27 S TELAE Two definitions (STELAE)
28 S RAIL (t)RAILS
32 N SOTTISHLY SNOTTY about (HIS * + (gir)L)
33 O O’TOOLE TOO in OLEO
34   SOLAN SOL + AN
35   SELENOLOGICAL (ALISON + COLLEGE) *
DOWN
1   BASIN BAS(e) + IN
2 U ARNHEM HEM after A RUN
3   BOS’NS BOSS about (India)N
4   SAGINATE TINA’S AGE *
5 T RIALTO TRIAL + TO
6   SCREEN SCREE + N
7 A ANXIOUSLY ANY SIOUX * about AL
8 N SERA RAN after (Na)SE(by)
9   SNAIL-LIKE (LATINS – T) * + LIKE
13   SARAN SARA + N
14 D PLASTISOL PLAST + I + SOL
16   SNAKEROOT KAREN * in SOOT
20 S GATLING GAGS about LINT *
22   STAIN TA in SIN (not vice versa)
23 N CLOTHO CON about LOTH
24 T PAELLA Two definitions (PATELLA)
26 I PAOLO (POLONIA – N) *
29   ANSEN JANSEN – J
30   SASIN IS < in SAN
31 N GYAL GAL about NY
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