Listener Crossword 4089: Solution Notes

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Vive la Différence by Kevin

Puzzle explanation

When clashes were resolved, the corresponding cells displayed an X made up of “TIMES” (twice) and a 3 made up of “LISTENER”. These symbols were to be interpreted as “X (10) to the power of 3”, ie, 1000, marking this puzzle as the 1000th Listener crossword to appear in The Times. Highlighting of the clashing cells was optional. The title reflects the subtraction used to resolve the clashes, the subtraction 4089 – 3089 (the number of the last puzzle to appear in The Listener magazine before its “departure” on January 3, 1991), and a “cheer” for the Times Listener series.

Highlighting was not made a requirement because it would not have been fair to assume all solvers would be aware of the background for the occasion being celebrated. In any case, it wouldn’t have proved anything: it appears that some solvers who did highlight X³ were unaware of its significance.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
3 TRINITY TERM TR + (TRYIN(g) TIME) *
11 LAHORE HAL < + ORE
13 PROVOSTRY PROVOS + TRY
15 LIES LIONS – O, N to E
16 SYRINGE SINGE about YR
17 TAMALE MAT < + ALE
19 DRAW-GEAR (RAW + G) in DEAR
21 RHYTINA (THIN + RAY) *
23 NASUTE NAS + UTE
25 INDENT D for first T in INTENT
26 RABBLER RABBLE + R(iot)
27 DISARRAY (I + S + ARR) in DAY
29 AKEDAH AKE + HAD <
31 FOILING FAILING, A replaced by O
33 NODE NOD + E
34 JAYWALKER WEAKLY * in JAR
35 KREESE SEEK < about (he)R + E
36 SUPERSCRIPT (STIRRUP CUP’S * – U) about E
DOWN
1 ALPS SPLA(y) <
2 BARYSHNIKOV (BY + N + KIROV + HAS) *
3 THORNED TED about HORN
4 IRON-MINE (MI + N + E) after IRON
5 INTERTRAFFIC A from (CERTAIN + TARIFF) *
6 TARTANA TARTAN A(rmy)
7 YAMA Hidden rev semi & lit
8 THUMBSTALL (THUS + TALL) about MB
9 ELITE TILE < + (checkmat)E
10 MISERERE SERE in MIRE
12 BELATEDNESS BEL + ATE + D + NESS
14 VIETNAMESE VIE about (ET + NAMES)
18 ERIDANUS (SUN + AD + IRE) <
20 CAGLIARI AIL < in CIGAR *
22 NORMANS (Le) MANS after NOR
24 GLAIKET GET about LAIK; the confusion with GLAIKIT was unintentional, but The Chambers Dictionary doesn’t clearly define GIT as a brat
28 SEX UP SUP about EX
30 AJAR A + JAR
32 GREW GREY + W – Y; passing = omitting
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