Listener Crossword 4129: Solution Notes

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Letters Lament by Tangram

Puzzle explanation

The clue initials, latent letters and misprint corrections spelt out “Winter is come and gone but [grief returns] with the [revolving year] — Shelley”, in which the missing phrases are represented by the reversals of 29 down and 35 across respectively.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Misprint Answer (latent letter/correction) Explanation [misprint]
ACROSS
1   (W)ALDGRAVINE (V[E]RDANT FOLIAGE − OFT <) *
9 l(I)ver SHARK OIL (H + ARK) in SOIL
10   NOMA NO MA
12   TOMATO TOM + ATE with O for E
14   HORNI(E)R (RHINO + (hai)R) *
15   EPIME(R) PI in (EM + E[M])
17   TERR(I)COLE (ERR + C) in TOLE
18   SENSA S + ENSA
20 (C)rocked LAMER LA MER; ref. Charles Trenet song, recorded in English as “Beyond the Sea” by Bobby Darin
22   OR E’ER O + REE + R
25   ANI(M)E NI[S] in AE
26   T(E)RRINES ST[I]R * around RINE
28   ENTR(A)NT (NT + RN) in ET
30   EROSIO(N) (O + I + SORE) <
32 wee(D) URTICA (h)URT I CA(n’t)
33   (G)I(G)LET I + LET
34   OIL PAPER OILER around (P + AP)
35   TWELVEMO(N)TH (LOVE TH[E]M + WET) *
DOWN
1   ESTH HEST with first letter lowered
2 (B)og LATRINE TRI(m) in LANE
3 h(A)m DRONE R in DONE
4 (T)hundered ROARED (A + RE) in ROD
5   (W)AITERS STRIAE *
6   INDICAN C in INDIAN
7   NO(T)UM NUM around O(rthocaine)
8   HAMMERED HAM + MERE + D
11   FOS(T)ERING S in FOREIGN *
13   TELESTIC(H) STIC(k) after TELE
16   ESOTERIC SECRETIO(n) *
19   SERRATE ARRESTE(d) *
21   MISS(H)APE MISS + A + P(i)E
23   INT(E)RIM IN TRIM
24   LEETLE (ELT + EEL) <
27   LOCAL (O’ + C + A’) in LL
29   TEN(E) 2 meanings of TEN[T]
31   (Y)OURT TOUR with first letter at the end
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