Listener Crossword 4221: Solution Notes

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Puzzle explanation

The second ring contained the line “For the listener, who listens in the snow” from The Snow Man, its author Wallace STEVENS, and the snowflake genus LEUCOJUM. Letters omitted from wordplay spelt out “the snow bunting”, also called the snowflake. Extra letters spelt “cut grid out, fold into six, cut out pattern”. Folding the grid into the six sectors and cutting out the indicated pattern gave the final snowflake shape. The third ring then contained “(the) frolic architecture of (the) snow” from The Snowstorm by Ralph Waldo Emerson.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer (omitted) Explanation [extra letter]
1 CARAFE (FEAR + A) * after C[U]
2 CARFOX CAR + F + [C]OX
3 CHIRRE CHI[T] + ERR <
4 CHIN(T)Z CHIN + Z
5 GAND(H)I G AND I, ie, first letters of GIRONDINS
6 SEONAG [G]OES < + NAG
7 ULLING L in [R]ULING
8 HI(E)ING H + I’ + ING
9 SEROSA SE[I] + R + OSSA − S
10 (S)TIRES TIRES
11 DECALS LACED < + SA[D] − A(rsenal)
12 AN(N)ALS ANIMALS − (I + M)
13 SEA DOG GO[U]DA’S < around (tabl)E
14 GODARD (’D + A + RD) after G[O]O
15 AWRONG [T]ONG after WAR *
16 THRONG [F]ROTH * + NG
17 WOOERS W + [L]OO + ER’S
18 ULCERS (S[O]RE + CLUBS − BS) <
19 SPAHIS HI[D] in PASS *
20 SPARSE S + PA + R[I]SE
21 ST(O)VER VERST with letters “cycling”
22 REVIE(W) REVIE; ref. Don Revie
23 ANTLER ((A + TER[N]) around N) around L
24 RELISH RE + LIS[T] + H
25 A(B)SEIL A + LIES <
26 ABSENT BA < + ’S + T[O]NE
27 ALECTO ((n)OT[I]CE LA(zing)) <
28 ALEPHS (P(ublic) H(ouses)) in [S]ALES
29 DIRHEM [C]H in (DIRE + M(orocco))
30 ASTRID A[X] + S + DIRT <
31 (U)NUSED SUN < + ED
32 SOUSED SO[U] + USED
33 SWEEPS SWEE[T] + PS
34 SPERSE S[O]P + ERSE
35 SLEETY (Y[U]LE SET) *
36 (N)EBELS REBELS − R
37 SOLIVE SO[T] + LIVE
38 SOLOED SED around [P]OLO
39 UNFITS U + (Ferguso)N + FI[A]TS
40 G-SUI(T)S G + SUFIS − F(ood)
41 EAS(I)LY ELY around ÅS
42 EASSEL (LES[T] SEA) *
43 (N)UNCLE UNCLEAN − AN
44 ICICLE C in (ICI + LE[T])
45 (G)OURDS URD in OS
46 FJORDS (F[E] + D’S) around (J + OR)
47 SLOW UP SUP around (L + OW[N])
48 SLOOMY [R]OOM in SLY
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