Coffee break!

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Across
1 70s, single, without love and dates, gave toast (3,4,3,5)
8 Yellow bounder: “I heart mum!” (7)
10 Copying, though not to a ‘T’ (5)
11 May follow Marx or Capital (3)
12 Ne’er has Dr Who alien been ancient one (11)
13 Band leader Thomas is right in the frame (5)
14 Anklet used to settle account with Einstein (5)
15 Will had much for one party (3)
16 Hose fault featured in cricket (3)
17 Thus, limit of Hamlet’s flesh (5)
18 Instant model gets food… (5)
19 …telegram follows: DONE WITH BIBLE CLASS. “Take it back!” “I can’t!” (11)
22 Chop, behead, masticate! (3)
23 Back Arab able to hide elephant (5)
24 Return sacred syllable to free a 14 dn (7)
25 Sufi gives clue for “shrived” (8,7)
Down
1 Force peace-loving type of warrior to imprison head of state in Thomas’ work (8,7)
2 What Boccaccio wrote of French P.M. (9)
3 Chip-in time for Heather (5)
4 Overactor’s a witty endorsement for spirit (9)
5 Bolt as the French Bishop returns (7)
6 Hot water’s rising for Piaf (5)
7 Riotous howlers by longtime fan of bad spelling (5,10)
9,15 Divine comedian Hergé, Italian? I’d say otherwise (5,9)
14 After cutback, Ötzi becomes Bobby (9)
17 Quite a few are cut off, Einstein! (7)
18 Hollow treat containing short message (5)
20 Hopper detailed to become priest (5)
21 Captured? Escape with a Mighty One! (5)

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Hall of mirrors

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This is a slightly unusual grid that I got from The Guardian
(it was used for cryptic puzzle no 26124 by ‘Nutmeg’).

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Across
1. Was once sweet, but is now prime (9)
9. Smear around scented water on chest (6)
10. Trousers can be used to redirect unwanted fluid (9)
11. Sticks to English county (6)
12. Start game of pool quickly, or make a meal of it? (9)
13. Aimless decision by referee (2,4)
17. Heard son earlier (3)
19. Care for railway and greenhouse (7)
20. Spar from wreck of steel whaler’s hull (7)
21. Heard Cockney cast as First Lady (3)
23. Rang for ma, headed off to get nanny (6)
27. Put off backing over quaint interior, and passed it on (9)
28. Cave right in to German leader, e.g. Bismarck (6)
29. Diseased amateur injected, gets bent back (9)
30. Team of nature spirits guards base (6)
31. Sentimental proposal to lay in a type of ale with no head (9)
Down
2. Fears headless misses (6)
3. Recording I almost describe as like Lord of the Rings (6)
4. Offer advice if I say that will be representative (6)
5. Whistle blower was an enigma (7)
6. Short underwear suggested for logician (4,5)
7. Throws wobbly about Galadriel’s evaluation of singular 8 (4-5)
8. Nature spirits we own have us finally surrounded – us! (9)
14. Treebeard tried for promotion, got too deeply involved (9)
15. Forecasts for grand organs (9)
16. Engaged in hotter action in bed (9)
17. Heard half a lemur? I see (3)
18. Heard solver, or heard member? So I heard (3)
22. Volcano is central to energy production of Asian republic (7)
24. It’s dim to fool about, wild-heart! (6)
25. Sticker for clever stand-up shows (6)
26. Wilder With Virginia Lake (6)

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