Note Rosalind’s promise.

Across
1. Estimated dimensions have increased (5,2)
5. Sacrifice end of sale (5,2)
9, 10. Using place of execution plus rope may lead to suspension (5,3,6)
11. Director right to reverse list of duties; he abhors you! (9)
12. “Lights-mountain” diamond excavated here (5)
13. Subject is best London university (5)
15. Minister to con man, perhaps, infected with (I’m told) an imaginary ailment (9)
18. Left a page behind giving minister’s duties (9)
19. Solution involves paper-like material, not Maori fort (5)
21. In court, regret reference to condiment container (5)
23. What you have in your head limits production of “Top Gear” (5,4)
25. International organisation sure to win one in principle (after losing first and third try) (9)
26. First word spoken audibly tonight (5)
27. Ocular preparation used by Uriah Heep? (7)
28. Composition found by regarding reflection of old experimenter (7)
Down
1. Underlying meaning of “The Hunt for Red October” ? (7)
2. Withdraw right of sword to subdue fabulous land – who will care for the animals? (9)
3. Capital of Watson to assume alias (5)
4. Examination for cats? (9)
5. Command word: behead queen! (5)
6. Burning hoops to make waders (9)
7. “Duck! Run!” Bullets flew all around (5)
8. Wine poured into hock? Our darkest hour (7)
14. Bar from listening to sea song about school fair (9)
16. Merry Queen Cole had the gift of the gab (9)
17. Why everyone will turn up eventually (9)
18. Imagine broken pie crust releases steam, not meat (7)
20. Louis the Third? Fourth? Third! Or Second? First! – it was a long time ago (7)
22. Fictional spy agency following monkeys after unexpected occurrence (5)
23. Old type of buckler was in Sherlock Holmes forewords (5)
24. Rails about girls in hot pants (5)

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With crows so frightened, we need to bring back the Doctor! (10)

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Across
1. Sailor chews tobacco to get bird (7)
5. Exercise for journalists at University (5,2)
9. Used to find way around salt, or back around Countess Lovelace (4,5)
10. Python digesting rabbit (French) (5)
11. Hello soldier, are you spiritually enlightened? (4)
12. This coarse fish – fish head caught – a sea adder (10)
14. Duchamp’s entry was back of fountain in Russian mountain (6)
15. Start to talk aimlessly (but chirpily) (7)
16. Electronic musician (French) plays cello (English) (7)
18, 1 down. Hall and Thumb point to 23 rivals (3,3,5)
20. Expert smoke blower in the Circus (10)
21, 8. Urban(e) guerilla, perhaps, whose Communist credentials seem rather diluted (and he’s a 23) (4,7)
24. Chardonnay wearing raincoat (5)
25. Watchman loses head, studies mountains (9)
26. “Wait back at junction,” I was told. With regret, what a whopper! (3,4)
27. Use tureens to obtain permanent posts (7)
Down
1. See 18.
2. Gas outburst dropped embarrassingly (7)
3. Over-praise two-parter (4)
4. You can almost tell woman fits in with Lister and the Cat (she’s a 23) (5,10)
5. First appearance of 18 1 down was a kick in the teeth? (4,4,3,4)
6. You asked for a clue, so I went all the way and gave you one (10)
7. Drunk moves to outside lane – he’s on his own! (7)
8. See 21.
13. Incredible enemy (a 23) – managed by Grumpy (10)
16. Badly drawn boy (a 23) – “It’s about representational imagery, man!” (7)
17. Floor cove/ring used to create representational imagery (4,3)
19. First nun (no saint) gets greater volume (7)
22. Clothing for Bridge rivals and high flyers (5)
23. Often found in shorts, usually behind car (4)

In the beginning was the Word (the Cross came later)

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Across
1. A first half of 7 helps headless and tailless sheep to gambol (6)
4. A first half of 7 to disfigure Sade (7)
9. Elves live here, in broken computer (9)
10. A first half of 7 to return gracefully; to echo (5)
11. Vague article type (abbrev.) (5)
12. Signalling method uses do-re-me-fa-so in C, I hear. Far fetched? Perhaps used by a first half of 7? (5,4)
13. Where introverted patients look, and are (7)
15. My wise, stormy first half of 7 (6)
17. A first half of 7 found in passageway facing north (6)
19, 26. Gold blown up in an early first half of 7 (7,5)
22. A first half of 7 from 21 can stroll around everyone (9)
24. I’m using a General Electric style (5)
26. See 19
27. A first half of 7 to make mistake in 1004 with drink (8)
28. “New” north by northeast railway leads to devoted community (7)
29. First half of 7 Mike is worse actor (6)
Down
1. Noble without article gets in car for magician and first half of 7 (7)
2. Himes’ Jones spoke wildly from his heart (5)
3. Army bring army ashore (4,5)
4. Victor Gibson sketched (7)
5. Historian finds Wat’s head in Tyler (5)
6. Watchers went mad about privy, lost their head (9)
7. Back on T.V., you old Grommet? (6)
8. Sod ’em, I miss the Moon! (6)
14. Flower like unruly Arsène (4,5)
16. Flower like unruly fig maniac (9)
18. Qualification to be first half of 7 or discomforted infant (2,5)
19. I hear someone laughing loudly in pursuit of gold – it glimmers (6)
20. A fedora, shoulder holster and corrective lenses? (7)
21. South west garden country (6)
23. Exterminator gets back in in time (5)
25. Woken by Niven’s police force pursuing Gore? (5)

“Delicious torture awaits!” (Aww, The Androzani Team say the nicest things!)

Unlike my earlier efforts, this one isn’t related to Dr Who. (Well, hardly at all.) It is, however, to some extent, related to certain types of entertainment of a 26 down nature.

Across
9. For love of fictional Russian General (5)
10. Idle talk about vase for leader of slave revolt (3,6)
11. Bird off her head making joint for joining (10)
12. Bone lacks force, make slight adjustment (5)
13. Ringleader and Capone caught by beginner detective (7)
15. Go astray in a particular place? I see (I hear). Odd (7)
17. Pertwee without Northern interjection may be a bit of a twit (5)
18. Large cup to lead to silent spring? (1,1,1)
20. Somewhat banal saint? (5)
22. Sleeping partner of 13 across? (7)
25. Endlessly nettle in peptide hormone (7)
26. Instruments use transparency fifty one (5)
27. First in uncertain omen – journalist had it licked (9)
30. 26 down hit in which 28 down is reportedly stolen by hungry monarch (9)
31. Not exactly a leader of the underground movement in 26 down TV show! (5)
Down
1. See 19.
2. Cancel redoubtable lion, a friend of Judy (8)
3. Doctor reverses polarity of electrically charged wire (4)
4. She’s no Lady, for example (8)
5. Good person to return, that is Howard the Duck’s accessory (6)
6. Heroic professor ‘as part of academic year with fool (10)
7. Insignificant member of 26 down, perhaps (6)
8. Difficult journey to stardom? (4)
13. Hear unfortunate attempt to vomit (5)
14. Overpraise film – they make it more intense (10)
16. Barbarian would be trickster if he took in head of M.I.6 (5)
19, 1. Mysterious glow around zenith – it’s a dimension between light and shadow, an area we call the… (8,4)
21. Brains almost lies – almost – about a type of mathematical mapping (8)
23. Get Bo to help out with prefix in that vein (6)
24. Possible avant-garde artist’s garment (6)
26. Lieutenant from Cambridge University may be cargo, for example (4)
28. Cockney mug, I hear Hamlet wasn’t sure about him either (4)
29. Active, but gloomy-sounding (4)

PS here’s a cool picture from CoolThingsInRandomPlaces, a building in Lvov city in Ukraine.

I couldn’t help myself, I just had to make up another “Bad tempered oath (9)”

As usual, there are a few Whoey clues and/or answers mixed in with the less Doctorly ones.

Across
7. See 12
8. Insectoid buzzin’ but no “hi” (5)
10. Time Lord, perhaps the Doctor? (3,5)
11. Short logician in mature occupation – of Steed, perhaps? (6)
12, 7. Swirly time hid swirly bus driver and possible Time Lady (4,9)
13. Sign ran back to kill polymath (8)
15. Sort of crisis for health care professional when primary welfare is left out and left in (7)
17. Feelings shown by half-smirks and falsehoods (7)
20. 32 below freezing in the US, shirt and newspaper necessary on many occasions (8)
22. Obligation, may involve interest (4)
25. 23 players dubious and disdainful (6)
26. Notorious Italian city almost within ring, almost (8)
27. Race in the manner of a crib (5)
28. Sir loses head, wears dress – at 18? (9)
Down
1. Place in toilets for comedian and actor (5)
2. Thing back in, was on horseback – correct me if I’m wrong (6)
3, 18. Murder mystery from 14, or sound of sapphire waterfall? (6,2,8)
4. Beryl – aunt and ‘arbinger (7)
5. Add extra large 5 for Gerry-built spaceship (8)
6. Overheard plan to imprison a ruminant aboard ship – he’s not quite general (9)
9. Friend of 16, owned joint in the past (4)
14. Story lovers use mature protection (3,6)
16. Friend of 9 with lo-calorie appendage (8)
18. See 3
19. Advanced type of paper, almost like Robin (7)
21. Can first Mesoamerican culture (4)
23. Game found after 6 and mostly mythological river, and before New Zealand island (6)
24. Legal judgement from noted airline (5)

Another CrossWHOrd

Thanks so much to The Androzani Team for describing me as having a devious and cruel mind, and for saying that they enjoyed my Jumbo Crossword immensely. Now that I have some worthy opponents, perhaps I should ramp up the difficulty slightly…

A Jumbo Winter Solstice Crossword!

This crossword has a theme, which means that a reasonable number of answers relate to it, as do some of the clues (though clues that relate to the theme don’t necessarily have answers that do, and vice versa). The theme can be found by answering this clue: “TV series that if treated as a command could lead to another one (from the 70s)” (6,3)

(There is also a secondary, related theme to do with clues 23 and 11, which should in itself be a clue!)