Listener Crossword 4181: Solution Notes

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Sinecure by Franc

Puzzle explanation

The completed grid contains A PIECE OF CAKE. The discarded letters make BATTENBERG. The whole grid is shaded to resemble a piece of Battenberg cake, with the orientation determined by the hidden YELLOW and PINK.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
1 COBRA CO + BRA
5 TEREBRA BERET < + RA; ref. Joseph Farington
10 APIECE PIE in ACE
11 TETRA TREAT *
12 DINT D + INT
13 CANT 2 meanings
15 SPILIKIN (I PIN SILK) *
16 EXPOSÉS EXPO + (u)S(h)E(r)S
18 DEALER 2 meanings
20 ECLOSE E + CLOSE
22 CLIENT LIEN in CT
24 STEALE TEAL in SE
28 ROMANIC OMANI in RC
30 ABUTMENT TUBA < + MEN + T
33 YELL 2 meanings
34 UNIT UNI + T(rent)
35 ASCUS DAMASCUS − DAM
36 ERRANT RANTER with ER moved to the front
37 SHEARER HEAR in SER; ref. Alan Shearer
38 PARKY PAR + KY
DOWN
1 BADGED BAD + GED
2 PINT PINTADO − ADO; or PINTAIL − AIL
3 RETOOLED LOOT < in REED
4 ACTS A(nglican) C(hurch) T(o) S(upplication)
5 TEMPE TEMPEH − H
6 REFLECT REF + (e)LECT
7 BRAKE B + RAKESHAME − SHAME
8 RAKIA RAKI + A
9 AVENGE VEN in AGE
11 POISE POI + SE
14 AXEL AXE + L(entils)
17 PLEASURE LEAS in PURE (noun)
19 ENAMOUR MANE < + OUR
21 SLIP PILS <
22 CHAGAS CHAS around AG
23 TREWS T(u)R(n)E(r) W(a)S
25 SCATTY CAT in STY
26 OBEAH OBE + AH
27 PURSE S in PURE
29 ONCER (c)ONCER(t)
31 TARE TEAR *
32 GNAR RANG < (“gnar” was mistakenly defined as a noun rather than a verb)
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