Thank heavens. I'm going to need more chicken today:

Another method for deleting comments is to use Find and Replace. Select Edit->Replace and do the following:-

1) Leave the Find What box empty.

2) Click the Format button, choose Style, and select the Comment Reference style. (Don’t see the Format button? Click the More button to make it visible.)

3) Leave the Replace With box empty.

4) Click the Replace All button.