Listener Crossword 4006: Solution Notes

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We Interrupt this Programme … by Phi

Puzzle explanation

The week of the puzzle saw the seventieth anniversary (on October 30) of Orson Welles’ celebrated broadcast version of H. G. Wells’ The War of the Worlds. FORT, WATERSHED and HOWL, if broadcast (ie, anagrammed), provide the title, while the difference between seven clue answers (need, sipes, dose, man, hid, oches, stare) and their associated grid entries was a single E, as between Welles and Wells. The six “Snippets” led to types of radio programme (music, news, drama, sport, traffic, weather) although each snippet was couched in terms of a different type. The invading trios of letters gave Mar/tia/nsh/ave/lan/ded.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer (→ Entry) Explanation
SNIPPETS
4 MUSIC + MAR a scrum, missed
1dn NEWS + TIA in West are
20 DRAMA + NS H PM, Hansard
6 SPORT + AVE what proves
14 TRAFFIC + LAN final Act, Fafnir
34 WEATHER + DED Edward the Eighth
ACROSS
1 NEEDNED DEEN <
12 EYING YIN in (E + G)
13 FOLIO (OIL + OF) <
15 GYVE G(enerall)Y V(il)E
16 SWOT Two definitions, one an acronym
18 AHOLD AH + OLD
21 TITANS AN in TITS
23 WINDROW WIND + ROW (obsolete)
26 ROTTERS (t)ROTTERS
27 IDLEST ID EST about L
28 SURDS US < + RADS – A’
29 HOST S in HOT
31 SIPESSIPS SWIPES – W(ithdraw)
35 WHELM W (watt) + HELM
36 BRETT BORE – O + TT; answer is a name
37 SOLAR DAY SOAY about LARD
38 DOSEDOS DOES, E and S swapped
DOWN
2 EYRA (strik)E + AYR *
3 DIAGONALS SAID ALONG *
5 UGLY (J)ULY about G
7 MANMANE MAN(y)
8 AFFLICTS FLIC in AFT + S(uspects)
9 ROISTS ROI + SETS – E
10 CITO CO about IT
11 FORT Unclued
17 WATERSHED Unclued
19 HIDHIED HID(e)
21 TWO-SIDED DOWDIEST *
22 NERD (DR + EN) <; see etymology in Chambers
24 ASSORTS ASSOTS about R; reference “ the three Rs”
25 RETELL REL about TEL
29 HOWL Unclued
30 OCHESOCHS TROCHES – TR
31 STARESTAR (R in EATS) <
32 PEBA B in PEA
33 VETO VET + O
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