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Puzzle explanation

The poem by E. E. Cummings (often styled as “e e cummings”) was:

l(a

le
af
fa

ll

s)
one
l

iness

In the first column, changing DUET to TUDE produced SOLITUDE, including the first letters of the poem’s last four lines. Incorporating the brackets, as the poem does, the letters omitted from wordplay could be read as “l(case)ower”, ie, an arrangement of “lower case”, in the style of much of Cummings’s work. The connected letters depicted a falling leaf, for which various forms were accepted, such as:

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer (unclued letter) Explanation
1 (L)LAFRANC RAN in (LA + FC)
2 BRACKETED BRACKE(n) + TED
3 ACCITE ACE around (I in CT)
3 ADELA LED * in A(meric)A
4 AS LEVEL LEVEL after AS
5 SACCADE SAC(k) + CADE
6 PELLET (TELL + EP) <
6 PELMA (a)PEMA(n) around L(emon)
7 ALE ALEC − C
8 AMANIT(A)S AM + A + NIT + S
9 RANSOM SON(g) * in MAR(ley) <
10 COSING CO-SING
11 SILENI ((w)INE LIS(t)) <
12 IT(A)LIC LICIT with letters cycled
13 FAR(C)E FARE
14 ALOE (t)A(l)L (w)O(m)E(n)
15 ROLLS 2 meanings
16 (S)C(E)NA CAN * or ANC * or NCA *
17 S(E)CT SCRIPT − RIP
18 AS(S)ET A + SET
19 EUGENOL EUGE + NO + L(eak)
20 TROUSER T(oaste)R around ROUSE
21 SONG STING with ON for TIN
22 BRACKET FUNGUS B + RACKET + FUNG + US
23 LAGGEN LAG + GEN
24 ODIOUS (incomm)ODIOUS
25 BURNING URN in BING(e)
26 AESC (C + SEA) <
27 AGGR(O) A + G + GR
28 DIOTA portmanteau of DELTA and IOTA
29 GLID (gettin)G + LID
30 POUL(E)NC (C(al)L + UPON) *
30 PURSE ((accessori)ES RUP(aul)) <
31 INTAL IN + TAL(l)
31 INTERIM MINISTER * − S
32 CROC (s)CORC(h) <
33 IN ESSE IN ESSE(x)
34 NORTHING R in NOTHING
35 FO(R)HOOIE FO + HOODIE − D
36 OFLAGS OF + LAGS
37 DOUCHE (D + BOUCHE) − B
38 ORCH(E)L (t)ORCH-L(ily)
39 (W)HIN H + IN
40 EULER RULE * around E
41 STEL(E) STELLATE − LATE
42 EUOI (IOU + E) <
43 O(R)DURE UR in ODE
44 CORDON DON after COR
45 RUE EUR <
46 CRUET CRU + ET
47 D(R)ESS DESS(erts)
48 (R)ES S(iouxsi)E <
49 GUM 2 meanings
50 EMU EMULATE − LATE
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