Listener Crossword 4272: Solution Notes

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Bun Fight by Kea

Puzzle explanation

The puzzle marked the 240th anniversary of the Boston Tea Party, a protest against taxes imposed on American colonists by the British government, in which they had no representation. All occurrences of the letters of TEA were removed from the three ships involved, Beaver, Eleanor and Dartmouth, falling straight down to complete BOSTON HARBOR, TAXES and REPRESENTATION. Letters dropped from clue answers gave LAPSANG, TWANKAY and the jumble of PLUNDERS; (BOSTON) TEA PARTY was also accepted below the grid.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
Across
4 AVERRING AV + ERRING
11 DENTEL(LE) TELL in DENE
13 NORI(AS) RIA in NOS
14 ACAJOU A + CAJU(n) around O
15 (P)A(N)DAR AND in PAR
16 OUTHIT (a)UTHORIT(y) * − R
17 BAMBI BABI around M
18 PILLAGE(RS) LAGER in PILS
19 AMBOS (h)A(r)M (e-)B(o)O(k)S
20 INNER WINNER − W
21 TEHR(AN) THE * + (I)RAN
23 BO(D)RA(G)S BO + DRAGS
26 IDAEAN IDEA around A + N
28 STELA TELA after S
30 SINUITIS S + INUIT + IS
32 (T)EAR (U)P TEACUP with R for C
33 IO(WA)NS IOS around WAN
34 BEE-EATERS EA in BEET + ERS
35 BUDLESS U(nsolve)D in BLESS
36 AFEAR AFAR around E
Down
1 ADIABATIC ACID * around (I + A + TAB <)
2 BELDAME MADE * after BEL
3 ENJAMB (B MAJ + ’N’ + E) <; scale of B major is B, C#, D#, E, F#, G#, A#, B
5 VECTIS (E + CT) in VIS
6 REJOIN I in REJÓN
7 RAOULIA OAR < + (J)ULIA
8 NO CHANCE CHA in NONCE
9 GREIGE (GRIEG, E) with middle letters switched
10 FILTER-PASSER (AS STREP) * in FILER
12 LAMPOONISTS LAM + (ON + I) in POSTS
22 HATRED HAD around TRE (Italian for 3)
23 BASRA S in ARAB <
24 RENNES (BARS around RENNES) = BARRENNESS
25 GLINKA LINK in GA
27 EXPEL EXCEL with P for C
28 S(UN)TRAP STRAP around UN
29 (A)WA(K)E ((diseas)E KAWA(saki’s)) <
31 TO(L)SE(Y) YES-LOT <
32 EBB E + BB(C)
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