Listener Crossword 4234: Solution Notes

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9 to 5 by Zag

Puzzle explanation

The unclued entries are phrases describing arithmetic expressions for the numbers 9, 8, 7, 6 and 5, from left to right.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal
Clue types: D+ = definition with [extra letter], D× = definition with misprint (correct letter), N = normal (initial letter), W+ = wordplay with [extra letter], W× = definition with [misprint]

No Clue type Answer Explanation
Definitions
    I’M The writer’s
    NO not any
    UG hate
    TA thanks
    AT to
    RA Sun’s representative
Across
1 W×: F TRIFLING [F] + RIFLING
6 D+: [F]rail SHUNT S(teep) + HUNT
11 W×: I HERONS H(ope) + [I]RONS
15 W×: F DANDELION (IN ODD LEA[F]) *
16 N: I ENERGY (GREEN PARTY − PART) *
17 W×: E SEMICOLON (CLONE IS M[E]) *
19 N: W STILTS (shoe)S + TILTS
22 N: N TATTOO T + A + T(hread) + TOO
23 W+: R UNISEXUAL ([R]EX IN USUAL) *
26 N: S MUESLI (MIL(k) + USE) *
27 W+: E RHEOMETER (REMOTE HER[E]) *
28   SAVANT SA + V + ANT
29 N: E DOORS DO + O(ffering) R(esidents) S(ecurity)
30 D×: F, (D)ate GO STEADY (A + YET GOD’S) *
Down
2 W+: Q REUNITE ([Q]UEEN + IT + R) *
4 D×: P, (G)osh I SAY I’S + A(ristocrac)Y
8   UNIX UNIT − IT + IX
9 D+: [W]angle NOOK NO + OK
12 W+: A ADRIFT ([A]ID RAFT) *
13 W×: T SEA COAL SEA + COA[T]
14 W+: E GEMINI GE[E] + MINI
17 D×: U, b(E)cks STREAMS MASTERS *
18 D×: U, M(O)st LATEST TALES * + T
20 D+: b[L]and SEXTET SET around EXT
21 N: I LOWLAND LOW + (AND + L) *
24 D×: U, Stat(E)s OHIO OHO around I
25 D+: rem[A]inder MEMO (so)ME MO(ney)
26 D+: [F]eat MESS MASS with E for A
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