Listener Crossword 4123: Solution Notes

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Les Six by Raich

Puzzle explanation

Letters added or omitted in the wordplay spelt “mélangez les présidents de la Cinquième République” which explained how to complete the unclued entries. These were the jumbled names of the six presidents of the French Fifth Republic since it was established in 1958: De Gaulle, Pompidou, Giscard D’Estaing, Mitterrand, Chirac and Sarkozy (excluding Alain Poher, who was acting-President on two short occasions). ELYSEE, the location of the presidential residence, was to be highlighted.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Extra or omitted Explanation
ACROSS
1 GIULINI   LUIG(i) < + IN + I
12 ROSEMARIE -M ROARIE around SE(t)
14 KHAN +E (s)HAKEN *
15 LAER -L (RE + A) <
17 ADMASS -A D + M + ASS
19 ADO   ADORN − RN
20 TERN -N WINTER − WIN
24 SRI +G GIRL’S * − L
26 ALUM   ALUMNI − NI
28 COSE -E C + OS
29 MICRODOT +Z (CD-ROM + OZ IT) *
31 LESLIE -L LE(s) SI(x) + E; ref. this puzzle’s title
33 ENTIRE -E N + TIRADE − (A + D)
34 AMAH +S MA < + HAS <
37 YETT +P PETTY *
38 DEE +R DEER
39 LINEAR A -E (I + RAN <) in LA
40 AGEE +S SAGE + E
41 IAN   (O)N(t)A(r)I(o) <
44 RETINA -I TERN * + A; ref. 20ac
48 FETA +D FED + TA
50 TREE -E THE with R for H
51 DERMATOME +N MAN in (DER + TOME)
52 NORTHER -T NOR + HER
53 MONOMER +S MISNOMER with O for I
DOWN
1 GROW +D CROWD with G for C
2 USUFRUCT +E US + U + FRUCTE(d)
3 LEDA -L (V)E DA(y)
4 IMIDIC   I’M + ID(iot)IC
5 IRMA -A (f)IRM
6 RIO   (t)RIO
7 KEYS +C KC + YES *
8 OKAY +I OIK + AY
9 SHE-ASS +N SASS around HEN
10 YARD +Q QY + A + R + D(rafted)
11 ANTOINETTE +U (E(dgy) + TONE I TAUNT) *
13 ALERCE   A + LEE around RC
16 FELINAE -I N in F(r)E(e)L(o)A(d)E(r)
18 SALTED -E LT in SAD
21 SIDE-ON +M IS < + DEMO + N
22 COLDER -E DR after COL
23 DOSS   DO + S(olve)S
25 REINTER -R ENTIRE *; ref. 33ac
27 GOATEE -E (TO AGE) *
30 RIAL +P PRIMAL − M
32 LIEGEDOM +U GUILE * + MODE <
35 MENEER +B MEN + BEER
36 CANAAN +L CANAL + AN
42 AFRO   (F)ORFA(r) <
43 STET +I SIT + ET
44 RUDE   RU + D + E
45 TERM +Q T(aking) Q(uiet) E(asy) R(oute) M(eandering)
46 AUTO -U A + T(hespian) + O
47 JEER -E JER(sey)
49 GER   G + E + (campe)R
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