Listener Crossword 4110: Solution Notes

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Contractions by Hubris

Puzzle explanation

For the 12 special clues, one definition led to the grid entry and the other led to a word that could be seen as a cryptic indication for the entry.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 STRING STR and ING = STRANDING
5 OBSESS OB’S (old boy’s) + ESS
10 ACE A + FORCE − FOR
12 PANOPTIC PANIC around TOP *
13 SHAPS SAPS around H
14 PLICAE (SPECIAL − S) *
16 LISLE (spira)L IS LE(ft-handed)
17 ARISH (p)ARISH
18 PROFIT PRO + FIT
20 INSOLENT INDOLENT with S for D
22 PENLIGHT EN in PLIGHT
28 FREELY EEL in FRY
29 EAGLE L in EAGE = LINEAGE
32 APPLE (ch)AP + PLE(nty)
33 RAETIA (AI + TEA + R) <
34 NISSE N + IS + SUE − U
35 STRIPPED P in STRIPED = PINSTRIPED
36 TEM T and EM = TANDEM
37 TERCEL (Eas)TER CEL(ebration)
38 RHESUS (o)R (Spanis)H (puzzl)E (tree)S (yo)U + S(cale)
DOWN
1 SASHAY SAY around (SH + A)
2 REALIA REGALIA − G
3 IMPISH IMP over ISH = IMPOVERISH
4 GATLING T in GALING = TING-A-LING
6 BOLERO B and OLERO = BANDOLERO
7 ETCH STRETCH − STR
8 SIAM (hou)S(e ep)I(c in) A (fil)M
9 SCENT SC and ENT = SCANDENT
11 CHARMER CH + homophone of ARMOUR
15 IDOL ID + O + L(over)
19 INCLOSE IN CLOSE (“silly” means “close to the batsman” in cricket)
21 SHOPPER S and HOPPER = SANDHOPPER
23 LEAT LET around A
24 ILLIPE ((solubl)E PILL, I(f)) <
25 VALISE V and ALISE = VANDALISE
26 EGESTS EG + (p)ESTS
27 BEGEMS EMS after (B(alconies) + EG)
28 FIRST RS (Royal Society) in FIT
30 MATE M and ATE = MANDATE
31 SERR R in SER = RINSER
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