Puzzletome Crossword Puzzles

SOLUTION

February 2018 Monthly Crossword
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Explanations

The subject of the puzzle was Valentine's Day (VA = @, LENT = #, INES = %, DAY = $). Anywhere these symbols appeared, the relevant substitution needed to be made.

Across
  1. LEVIES (f%=fines) minus E (without energy) => LEVIS (pants)
  2. Contained within (insertion) elliptiCAL ORIFICe => CALORIFIC (makes one large)
  3. C (clubs) + ON (supported) + GAS (fuel) => CONGAS (dance l%=lines)
  4. Anagram (maybe) beg + shout => BESOUGHT (did ask)
  5. SIGN (mark) + POST (job) => SIGNPOST (guide)
  6. Even letters (regularly eliminated) rEgAtTaS => EATS (d%=dines)
  7. Anagram (various bits) tautens => TETANUS (illness, &lit)
  8. PAN (blame) + CAKE (sponge) => PANCAKE ($=day before #=Lent)
  9. FETE (gala) replace A with E (one for GrEek centre) => FETA (cheesy)
  10. I (single) + OMORP (pop promo) contained in SH (with quiet cover) => ISOMORPH (has similar content)
  11. MASS (crowd) + ACRE (area) => MASSACRE (@#%$=Valentine's Day, perhaps)
  12. LED (del return) containing (insert) O + AN (1) => LOANED (#=lent)
  13. RACEHSE (reaches out) containing (around) OR (middle of fORd) => RACEHORSE (mustang)
  14. ST (@#%$=Valentine's Day prefix) + is containing (about) E (Encouraging primary) => STIES (places for SW%=swines)
Down
  1. Anagram (fuse) diode + %=ines => DEIONISED (charge lost)
  2. VIRGIN (unspoiled) + IA (IndiA borders) => VIRGINIA (@=VA)
  3. SAB (exercise abs) + BATH (pool) => SABBATH ($=day)
  4. MON (brief day) + STERA (shift rates) => MONSTERA (Swiss cheese plant)
  5. Anagram (playing) tune + I'm => MINUET (dance)
  6. Anagram (damned) thing => NIGHT (Not a $=day)
  7. Initials (pioneers) Of Snow's Love Of => OSLO (city)
  8. SKIP (miss) + P (penny) + E (note) + RED (colour) => SKIPPERED (led)
  9. Anagram (waves) oar + punch => UP-ANCHOR (prepare to sail)
  10. Anagram (used) coal's + not => COOLANTS (water and oil)
  11. FE (iron) containing %=ines + S (second) => FINESSE (skill)
  12. E (end of whitE) + ASTER (flower) => EASTER (end of #=Lent)
  13. OG (own goal) + LE (the French) => OGLE (watch)
  14. CA (about) + V (five) + AS (in that way) => CAVAS (w%=wines)