Listener Crossword 4257: Solution Notes

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A Short Entertainment by Ferret

Puzzle explanation

The omitted letters (including the E of LEG from 8dn), appropriately placed outside the grid’s border, spelt One Leg Too Few, a sketch about a one-legged actor, and Beyond the Fringe, the name of the revue in which Peter Cook and Dudley Moore performed it.

Entries without highlighting of MOORE were accepted as correct.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer (omissions) Explanation
Across
1 SC(H)OLASTICAL (CLASSIC ALTO) *
11 IN(F)ERNALLY IN + E + RN + ALLY
12 RE(T)RO REPRO − P
13 EASTE(R)NE(R) TEN in EASE
14 BEGRIME(D) BEE around GRIM
16 IRRATIO(N)ALIST IR + RATIO + A + LIST
18 A(I)LERON A + LE + R + NO <
20 DE(O)DARS D(endrologist) + READS *
22 ASTROD(Y)NAMICS (COMSAT’S NADIR) *
24 CA(N)TATAS (A + T + A) in CATS
25 (E)CLOSING CLOSING
26 (G)RIPE RIPE
27 EM(B)OSSMENT SOME < + (MEN in ST)
28 BR(E)ATHL(E)SSN(E)SS BRAT + H(ospitals) + (f)L(u)S(h) S(i)N(u)S(e)S
Down
2 CHEERI(N)ESS CH + EERIE + S + ’S
3 OV(E)RGR(EE)N(E)D O + V + R(esearch) + GRIND − I
4 ANTIT(E)RRORIST (TRAITORS IN + TR) *
5 SEEMIN(G) MIN after SEE(d)
6 INSTALLATI(O)NS IN + (ALL in STATINS)
7 CATAL(O)ES CAT + ALES
8 AL(LEG)ES ALES
9 EYE(W)ITNESSES (SEE YETI) * around NESS
10 F(O)RBIDDANCES FR + BID + DANCES
15 M(E)SOSCAPH(E)S (CHASMS + POS(ition)) *
17 C(L)ARISSA (Madagas)CAR IS SA(tirical)
19 (F)RUITION (IT < + O’) in RUIN
21 (T)IN(T)AGEL EALING *
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