Listener Crossword 4210: Solution Notes

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Puzzle explanation

Paul Wittgenstein (1887-1961), brother of the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein, was an Austrian concert pianist who lost his right arm during the First World War. He subsequently commissioned a number of composers, including Ravel, Strauss, Britten and Prokofiev, to write piano compositions for the left hand only. All occurrences of R, RT or RIGHT were removed from clue answers before entry in the grid. The title means “left” in German.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
Across
1 SPI(R)AL LIPS < around A
9 CONSIDE(R)ATION (INSIDE COAT ON) *
11 (R)ONDO ON + DO
14 P(R)IDES D in PIES
16 LATTE(R) LATTE
17 TEST CA(R)D TEST + CAD
20 (R)OOT-KNOT TOO < + KNOT
22 HE(R)OIC (CHOICE − C(herubini)) *
24 DENIE(R) NI in DEE
25 THO(R)NP(R)OOFS (HOPS ON FOOT) * − O
28 PU(RT)IE(R) PU + IE
31 SMOKE-D(R)Y (KEY MODES) * − (th)E
32 SANDE(R) DANSE *
Down
1 SCUPPE(R) SUPPÉ around C(oncerto)
2 INT(R)O I + NOT(e) *
3 A(RT)SY AY around (painting)S
4 LIVO(R) VIOL(et) *
5 TE(R)MINATING TE + (MINING around AT)
6 (R)UINATION U + I + NATION
7 SO(R)D SOD
8 SNO(R)KEL SNOKE + L
10 OFF-COLOU(R)ED OFF + (OU + E(xtracted)) in COLD
12 KESA(R) (SEA + K) *
13 ST(R)ATIFY (TASTY IF) *
15 DEPOSITO(R) D(onizetti) + EPOS + IT + O(pera)
18 (R)ONEO ONE + O
19 SHIPW(RIGHT)S (WHIP with first letter at end) in S(tock)S
21 VE(R)SINE (IS EVEN) *
23 CHA(R)GE CHA + EG <
26 P(R)ESS SS after PE
27 (R)OWEN O + NEW <
29 U(R)IM UM around I’
30 STA(RT) (be)ST A(rrangement)
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