Listener Crossword 4251: Solution Notes

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Unchless by Corylus

Puzzle explanation

Three clue answers had UNCH removed, leaving a shorter word for the grid entry. The unclued entry SCRY is the result of treating “scrunchy” in the same way.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
Across
1 L(UNCH)ING CHIN in LUNG
5 FINALITIES (I + TIES) after (L + A + N(ervously) + IF) <
7 UNEARTH UN + EARTH
8 GAEA G(overnments) A(re) E(xterminating) A(liens)
9 EPEIRA (tentati)E PEIRA(stic)
11 LOOPER POLO * + ER
14 PATHOS PAT + HOS
17 ARREST A + RR + SET *; ref. Rolls-Royce monogram
18 INSCONCE IN + SCONCE
19 APART A + PÄRT
20 P(UNCH)EON ONE * after PUNCH
Down
1 LITTERS LIERS around TT
2 NAIANT NAIAD − D + N(o)T
3 TINSEL TINS + EL
4 DIAGEOTROPIC (PORT < + I + C) after DIAGEO
5 FA-LA FA(l)LA
6 P(UNCH)-UPS PUN + C + HUPS
10 TUNGUS (SUG + NUT) <
12 FIAR (R + A + IF) <
13 TANGUN TAN + GUN(k)
15 ARCANA AR + CAN + A
16 JALAP JA + PAL <
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