Listener Crossword 4042: Solution Notes

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How To Put On a Little Weight by Charybdis

Puzzle explanation

The grid represented a savarin, a ring-shaped cake containing nuts (almonds/walnut) and fruit (cherry/peach) and flavoured with rum (tafia/Bacardi®). Brillat-Savarin wrote (after translation): “The discovery of a new dish confers more happiness on humanity than the discovery of a new star”, deducible from the extra words in clues. By adding a little weight (g = gram), 39ac became GASTRONOMY, leading to the discovery of a new star, Rigel, and then the discovery of four new “dishes”: charger, poori, regale and bowl; each of these was revealed in similar style to the way gastronomy could be read, ie, by the addition of an unchecked letter to a grid entry. Entries in which “salad” was highlighted, in place of or together with “bowl”, were also accepted. Any additional highlighting, eg, of RIGEL or GASTRONOMY, was ignored.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Extra Word Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 ra(th)er SKULL SULL(y) about K(ale)
5 r(e)d TUI TULI(p) – L
6   ALMONDS Thematic: nuts
11 sa(di)st ALARMIST ARM in A-LIST
13 confu(s)ingly BRAHE H in BRAE; reference Tycho Brahe, a famous astronomer
14 Re(co)rd TAO Even letters in eThAnOl
15 Ci(v)il FLUB B(ale)FUL *; boss[5] = mistake
17   SAVARIN Thematic: referred to in preamble
18   TAFIA Thematic: brandy
20 V(er)y WATERINGS W(eak) + RAIN GETS *
21 jo(yo)us METRIC MET + RI + C(hurch)
24 o(f)f REEL R + EEL
25 adv(an)ced LOSSES [S(c)L][E(r)O][S(i)S] *
26 hom(ew)ork TAIGLE (I + G) in TALE
28 ano(d)yne NOTERS TENORS, NO to start
31 unw(is)ely TARTAR RAT < + RAT <
34 not(h)ing POOR PO + OR
37 unbe(co)ming TIERED TIRED about E
39 Aba(n)don ASTRONOMY Y after (MOON STAR) * & lit
42 mani(fe)stly REGAL ELGAR *
44 sande(rs)woods ARISING A + SIN in RIG (not RIG in SIN)
45 Fa(m)ed RAKU RA + UK <
46 f(or)m BOW O in B/W
47   PEACH Thematic: fruit
48 pi(e)rs GALABEAS SEA ALGA * about B
49   BACARDI Thematic: brandy
50 Exc(ha)nge EAS SEA, S to end
51 Ex(p)el LOSER OR ELS(e) *
DOWN
1 inhos(pi)table SIBERIA ’S + IBERIA
2 tur(n)out ULLING PULLING – P
3 Dr(es)sy LORATE LEOTAR(d) *
4 Cen(so)red AN MO AN + MO
5 Plo(n)ker TRAVERSE ART < + VERSE
7 As(h)es MATH First letters; rowan = second mowing
8 fl(um)es DIFFER RIDE * about FF
9 s(an)d GRATIS A’ GRIST *
10 br(i)ck CHARGE CHAR + GE
11 Par(ty)ing AKIN (l)AKIN(g)
12 mara(th)oner TUAREG UT < + AREG
16   BRILLAT Thematic: referred to in preamble
19 camp(a)igns AMN’T Hidden
20   WALNUT Thematic: nuts
22   CHERRY Thematic: fruit
23 ce(nt)re LOOPIER POOL < + IE + R
27 sc(he)me IRANIANS (I + RAN) + (I + ANS)
29 deci(d)edly TOERAG (OUTRAGE – U) *
30 cr(is)is SIDA SID (James) + A
32 se(co)nd AVOSET A + VET about OS
33 e(ve)n TRONCS TRON + (economi)C + (force)S
35 Eve(ry)day REGULA REGULA(r)
36 Bo(o)zy TRIPPER STRIPPER – S
38 af(fa)ir GLOBAL ALL GO * about B
40 fi(n)ds SALADS SA + LADS
41 fre(e-w)ill TRÈS (Sar)TRE + ’S
43 mob(st)ers EWER WR’RE *
46 rese(ar)cher BACK Two definitions (back[2])
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