Listener Crossword 4119: Solution Notes

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Mass Production by Hedge-sparrow

Puzzle explanation

Letters dropped from jumbled entries gave the name “Large Hadron Collider” for the machine represented by the grid. This is the particle collider located in Geneva at the “European Laboratory for Particle Physics”, or CERN; these alternative location names appear in the outer ring. The products in the third ring are subatomic particles, including “anti-electron” (as the positron was formerly known). The fifth ring has a pair of “proton beams” counter-rotating and colliding, which is the essential process occurring in the collider. The longed-for end-product is the currently hypothetical “Higgs boson”, whose discovery would help to explain the origin of mass in the universe.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
RADIALS
1 RENAME RENE around (A + M)
2 AMY(L)ENE ENAMEL * around Y(ellow)
3 BEFO(A)MS FO in BEAMS
4 EMBRYO E + M + ORB < around (pla)Y
5 SALTER (p)SALTER(y)
6 SCALPE(R) CLEARS * around P
7 SEA LE(G)S EG in SEALS
8 RILLES ILL in RES
9 ABSENT AB + SENT
10 BAILI(E)S BAIL + I’ + (Clyd)ES(dale)
11 CATENA CAT + (p)ANE(l) <
12 C(H)ANNEL CHANCEL with N for C
13 SEA BO(A)T SEA BAT around O
14 PINTOS INTO in P(asture)S
15 GHOSTE(D) G + HOSTED
16 STOURY S + TOUR + (journe)Y
17 AORTAS OARS * around (T(umble) + A)
18 WA(R)RIOR OR after ARR in WI
19 C(O)RDOBA (R(e)D + OBA) after CO
20 SUNDRA SUNDRY − Y + A
21 EPIGON PIGEON *
22 PI(N)GLER INGLE in PR
23 EQUIPE QUIP in (E + E)
24 POLICE POL + ICE
25 TRANCE CANTER *
26 UNTRA(C)E UN + TRACE
27 R(O)LLOUT OUT after ROLL
28 OCELOT (TO + LE + CO) <
29 CHAP(L)ET CHAP + LET
30 ESTATE 2 meanings
31 ZE(L)ATOR ZEALOT * + R
32 EOZOON OOZE * + ON
33 LANOL(I)N L + AN + O + LODGER + IN − (ER DOG) *
34 ANNONA AN + ANON <
35 ABSORB (A + ORB) around (B + S)
36 ABOUN(D)S A(rboraceous) + BOUNDS
37 TR(E)MBLE M in TREBLE
38 ANKLET ANKH − H(umanities) + LET
39 TALANT TNT around ALA
40 TOOLBA(R) (GRAB + LOOT − G) <
RING 3
a KAON ON after KA
b ELECTRON ELECTION with R(equired) for I
c MUON MON around U(nicorn)
d GLUON NOG < around (p)LU(m)
e ANTI-ELECTRON (ELECT + R(adio) + ON(e)) after AIN’T *
f NEUTRON (UT + R(avine)) in NEON
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