Listener Crossword 4208: Solution Notes

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Good to Go by Flying Tortoise

Puzzle explanation

The quotation begun in 45ac was “By the pricking of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes” from Macbeth, linking to the stage musical Wicked in which Defying Gravity (1ac) is the theme song. Each of the thematically treated clues had one or two instances of G (the constant of gravitation) removed.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Modified Answer Explanation
Across
12   OSLO SOLO *
13   DEAREST (SET READ) *
14   TAE EAT <
15   CHEKOV (e)VOKE(s) < after CH; ref. Star Trek
16   MANTLE NT in MALE
17   EPEES (du)E(ls) + PEE(p) + S
19   VERY VERITY − IT
20   MAS SAM <
21   CURLEW CURL + E + W
22   INERT INSERT − S(park)
24   INSULSE (US LINES) *
27   DIE 2 meanings
29 (G)love CIG (publi)C I G(love)
32   COEVALS CO + SLAVE <
34   ATILT (A TIT) around L(ance)
35   SCHEME CH in SEME(ster)
36   DEB BED <
37   DECO CODE *
38   COCOA C in COO + A
40   LANARK LAN + ARK
41 jud(G)e ISSUER IS SUER
42 (G)lacier ICE 2 meanings
43   SCLERAL CELLARS *
44 (G)one SIFT FITS *
45 robin(G) BY THE PRICKING O’ (KEY PITCH ROBING) *
Down
1   DOCETIC (CITE + COD) <
2 (G)lances, kin(G) LEERS R in LEES
3   OKE O(z) + KE(y)
4   EVER SO (celebrat)E + VERSO
5   AMBLE ALE around MB
6   RAVEL 2 meanings
7   ENEW (ser)ENE W(aters)
8   STRIDE RIDE after ST
9   TEMED (DE(rby) + MET) <
10   AMARILLO (ROYAL MAIL − Y) *
11   EAST (b)EAST
18   PENITENCY (CITE PENNY) *
21   CULL CULL(oden)
23 kin(G)’s NAVE KNAVE − K
25   LATENCE NET < in LACE
26 ca(G)y COELIAC (COLA + ICE) *
28   ESPARTO (A + REP’S) * + TO
30   GIBLET GIB + LET
31   SCORER SCORE + R(oger)
32   CHOKRI (CHORIZO − ZO) around K(angaroo)
33 (G)round ALCUIN UNCIAL *
34   AD-LIB (RIBALDRY − (R + RY)) *
35   SCALP PLACE < with (’twa)S for E
39   OSSI (So)ISSO(ns) <
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