Listener Crossword 4099: Solution Notes

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Double Devilry by Pointer

Puzzle explanation

The letter pattern is the same in both grids but the division into two words is different in every corresponding row and column. The clue answers and insertion points are shown in the table below, as well as the parts of the intended clues that were altered by the Devilry. The unchecked letters in rows were UCEI / UDSL / CCPI / EASC / ETEI, ie, the ten letters UCEIDSLPAT, which can be arranged as DUPLICATES.

Clue explanations

Conventions:  * = anagram,  < = reversal

Answer Entry point Correct section
GRID I
MUSCLE e/arly … most birds, clearly emus don’t …
SUEDES s/erve Any sensitive issues deserve care …
ICECAP Inven/tive In Venice, captive audiences applaud the gondoliers
ALSACE te/ll … robber steals a cello for deals …
THESIS clo/set … clothes is set …
MISLIT ti/tle … Tim is little
SHEWED l/ead … Welsh ewe dead …
LIENAL A/way A displaced alien always wanted to return to his home country
BLEATS ta/pe A hungry boy will get to the table at speed
ANGERS b/old … banger sold to the buyer wanting an old car?
GRID II
CLEVIS Un/it’s Uncle visits the house to give a present to nephew
DESALT ti/ers … tides alters …
CAPLIN ey/ed … jockey cap lined …
REGALS sea/worthy These are Galsworthy’s words …
SEETHE tou/r … to use ether …
VIABLE “Tri/m” … trivia blemished …
SATANG pi/le … rooftop is a tangle …
LITRES s/tall … wagons-lit rest all …
WEDGIE Ha/l … hummed and hawed, Gielgud runs …
NALLAH i/s Muslims place their faith in Allah’s divine power
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