Listener Crossword 4115: Solution Notes

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Invisible Ink II by Sabre

Puzzle explanation

Entering the clued answers normally in the grid led to BEBOPBOP at 5dn, which could only be decoded as NONSENSE. Similar deductions enabled the rest of the cipher to be determined, so the normally clued answers could be enciphered and the entries for invisible clues deciphered.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

No Answer Explanation
ACROSS
5 BOILOVER B + OILER around OV(al)
11 BARBET B + A(mateur) R(ecognising) + BET
15 BLOWBALL WOBBL(y) * + ALL
16 TALBOT (TO + BLAT) <
18 APOCOPATE A + POCO + PATE
22 BIG-NOTED N in BIGOTED
25 REDWOODS (DOWSE + ROD) *
27 OVERPOWER (WORKERS’ COOPERATIVE) * − (CEO AT RISK) *
35 INTI (qu)INTI(llions)
36 GROTTO G(irde)R + OTT + O’
37 IMPAVE (IMPEL − L) around (A + V)
DOWN
1 ABATE A + BAT + E(clair)
2 PANACHE A in (P(yjama) + NACHE)
3 ARILS (be)AR (sna)ILS
7 IKON DAIKON − DA
13 VACATE CAVEAT *
20 PROLOGS PRO + LOG + S
28 MYNAH MY + HAN <
29 IVIES I + VIEW with S for W
31 VARE V + ARE
32 STOT (provision)S TO T(ruck)
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