Listener Crossword 4061: Solution Notes

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50-50 by Phi

Puzzle explanation

The grid took the form of two letter Ls, illustrating 50-50. The unclued answers, also entered to form Ls, were Suzanne Vega, Renée Fleming and Youssou N’Dour, each 50 this year (like Phi) but also each a SINGER, given by the first letters of clues to six-letter words. The pairings in the 50-50 clues were as shown in the table below. Shading of the unused cells was optional.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

Entry/
Wordplay answer
Explanation
ACROSS
PAYS Two definitions
ENSEW / CEORL CE + OR + L(ord)
OBOTE O + BOTE
RUSS / ETAS Hidden
ANZAC / RILLE L in (RIFLE – F)
TASTE ’T + AS + T + E(nables)
STABLES / SEA STAR STALES about B
SPLIT END LIT in SPEND
ADAR / AGHA A(u)G(ust) + H.A.
ENSEW / CEORL ESNE < + W
(Suzan)NE VEGA Unclued
ADEEL / OVULE AD + EEL
SENTIENT / RESELLER Hidden reversed
SEÑOR / PRATT RAT in PT
ESCHALOT / AEROSOLS ALSO * about SORE <
ATOKES A + TOKENS – (functio)N
AEROSOLS / ESCHALOT THE COALS *
NINE-EYES / BRUSH-OFF (NEE(d) + YES) about IN
RENÉE FLEMING Unclued
EMBEDS ’EM + BEDS (Bedfordshire)
LAMEDH LAH (6th note in sol-fa) about MED
SASSIER / OCTAVIA OCTAV(e) + I + A
DE FALLA DEF + ALLA; see, eg, “alla Franca”
DOWN
PORTICO (I + CO) after PORT
ABRADE (AUBADE – (yo)U) about R
YOUSSOU N’DOUR Unclued
RESELLER / SENTIENT SENT + IT about EN(d)
LOOK-SEES / ELASTASE LOOKS + (f)EES
NINE-EYES / BRUSH-OFF BOFF about RUSH
SUZANN(e Vega) Unclued
ETAS / RUSS (t)RUSS
OCTAVIA / SASSIER ’S + SA < + RISE *
OVULE / ADEEL O + V + (r)ULE; definition refers to name’s meaning
PRATT / SEÑOR ONE’S + R
DETHRONE THE * in DRONE
LOOK-SEES / ELASTASE LAST in EASE
STABLES / SEA STAR AS in SET + RA <
STRUMA (STUM + A(trophy)) about (docto)R
MEHNDI (MEND + I) about H
AFEAR E in (s)AFAR(i)
EFFED E + FED after F
ANZAC / RILLE A + CAN. < about Z
SUMMA Hidden
OPIE OP + IE; reference Peter Opie, co-author of The Oxford Dictionary of Nursery Rhymes
LENDL LEND + L; reference Ivan Lendl
ADAR / AGHA DAR after A
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