Listener Crossword 4161: Solution Notes

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To Have and Have Not by Lavatch

Puzzle explanation

The theme was The Communist Manifesto, written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Letters omitted from definitions (for entries in the left half of the grid) were rearranged to make WORKERS; extra letters in definitions (for entries in the right half) made CAPITAL. The Manifesto calls for the abolition of PRIVATE PROPERTY (spelt out by letters removed from across entries in the “capital” side) and a proletarian uprising (represented by reversed down answers in the “workers” side). It ends with “The proletarians have nothing to lose but their chains. They have a world to win. Working men of all countries, unite!”, which is commonly paraphrased as “Workers of the world, unite! You have nothing to lose but your chains”, so YOUR CHAINS was to be removed in column 2 and the empty cells filled with MARX and ENGELS. All resulting grid entries are real words.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Altered word Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1   MELLITE M + L in ELITE
7   TRIPPLERS TRIPPERS around L
12 count-R-ies ASIA AIA around S(tate)
13   BRERES BR + SERE <
14   HIVING CHIVING − C
15   ENATION E(xpansionism) + NATION
16   INVALIDATE IN + VAL + I + DATE
19   OSSA (M)OSSA(d)
22 W-arm EAGER AE < + GERMAN − MAN
23   PRELECT PR + ELECT
24   HEMATOLOGIST HE + MA + TO + LO + GIST
27   SCRUMS SUMS around (C + R)
29   OPPOSING (OP + SING) around PO
31   PROCAINE E after COR < in PAIN
33   GUIDED GUID + ED
34   NIPPERED NIP + PEED around R(acketeers)
35 cape-R ROMP ROM + P
36   PUNICA PICA around UN
37   REPOT TOPER <
38   AYES (H)AYES
39   IRONY I + CRONY − C
DOWN
2   IN SE (Lat)IN’S E(ssentially)
3 roc-K GRAIL (win)G + RAIL
4 In-S-ane MENTAL MENIAL with (investmen)T for I(nvestment)
5   POORT OORT after P
6   SNICK OR SNEE (SCENE + NO RISK) *
7 ha(L)ving TRISYLLABIC LAB in LYRICIST *
8 organ(A) RENAL N in REAL
9 ma(P)les’ PHALLI (P(roliferating) I(rrepressibly)) around HALL
10   LILLE EL < around ILL
11 gal(A) ENID DINE <
17 B-o-ats ARGOSIES (GO + S(peed)) in ARIES
18   SPERMARY SPY around (ER + MAR)
20   BEGONIAS SAI < after BEGON(e)
21   STEGODON (DOG < + O) in STEN
25   EMIGRE (REGIME < − R(oyalists)) around R(efuge)
26 S(I)mile SIMPER ’S + IMPER(sonal)
28   KUDOS (SOD UK) <
29 (C)lever PINCH NIP < + CH
30 thin-E YOUR ROY < around (gatea)U
32 mel(T)on PEPO PEP + O
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