Eco-Logical

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Across
1 Herbal tea, a popular blend (8)
2 Clean, as may happen to driftwood (4,2)
10 Nothing in ramshackle inn’s quite clean, not that it really matters (15)
11 Nettle perfume (7)
12 Young bird to pucker up when embracing Labour leader (5)
13 Slate a computer with a LAN backup to high-speed connection (6,5)
16 Vehicle knocked over junior editor (3)
17 Wise person’s inside knowledge (3)
18 Knowing better than to spoil a shared resource? (6,5)
22 Not quite deceiving Auguste (5)
24 Aunty is embellishing Western Australian Christmas tree (7)
25 For each child left in protection – and the young at heart, such as I (8,7)
27 Two guys? That’s decadent (6)
28 Say, I react badly to dairy product! (3,5)
Down
1 Paying more for the Upper Crust, perhaps due to the cold? (5,2)
2 Girl student embracing ICT, like Lisbeth Salander or Snow White (9)
3 A hedgehog’s type of screwdriver? (5)
4 Distribute cocaine to, like, two-thirds of the planet (7)
6 Articles about Italian city, or one in the US? (9)
7 A poetic form, for measuring lines of verse; maybe even this (5)
8 Prefect’s system of exercise (7)
9 Originally named routine for reversing vessel (6)
14 Mother mixing tonic with mashed core. (Apple, no doubt) (9)
15 Give weaponless fighters a hand? Almost (3)
16 Outlaw Pussy from Indian city (9)
17 Relating to a complex character? (7)
19 Handy guide (6)
20 Games, kinky? I comply! (7)
21 Add toxin? Bad omen, after almost having a reason to turn Green (7)
23 Proust’s lost in Upper Dublin (5)
25 Is it ‘cos I’m oddly lacking? – Cold, impassive? (5)

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Strangers in the night, exchanging glasses

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Across
1 Irritated at purposeless resorts (8,5)
9 Good queen no fun until ravished (in a spirit of generosity) (13)
10 Headless battleaxe rent last bit of lace (5)
11 Wild dancing in a disco? Yes, at first (9)
12,20ac Children’s story character’s low – got wind eating herb (11)
14 “Plant with gas” – a 70s hit (8)
15 Stand back! No introduction required for superior (3)
16 Atlas is, for example, detailed about slope of mountain (8)
17 Remove parts of hollow log from Mysterious Island (6)
19 Ultimate qualification takes you as far as possible (3,6)
20 See 12
21 Creature known to 12 reportedly bigs up “Carry On” star (13)
22 Dark mystery dispelled by youthful expansiveness (6,7)
Down
2 A judge reflecting on time of maturity (5)
3 Just some Count I’d yearn to make promiscuous (6)
4 Opponents overthrow predator; Queen to decorate (8)
5 Hostile reviewer tellingly embraced Cromwell, say, as eternal optimist (9)
6 Mystery story I’ve endlessly indicated (3,4,2,4)
7 Mother (12’s?) hiding headgear, note, with greeting for spiritual leader (7,6)
8 Shrink Weird Al’s cyst with a phony additive (13)
9 Tear up label giving admission to lesson beside popular Edinburgh landmark (8,5)
13 I’m adding note after summary: “Not 100% accurate” (9)
14 Definition of concealed appendage (3)
15 Reptiles made observations, so to speak, of Lavender and Fleming (8)
18 Deity made chaps ethical? Nothing odd there (6)
20 Grasping implement to take to one’s archipelago (5)

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There is no depression in New Zealand….

…and I like to think the GIANT MATARIKI CROSSWORD is in some small way a contributory factor! 😀
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Across
1. Flying Nun rose to briefly aid explorers? In our dreams! (11)
7. Religious practitioner take note: 10 is like Able (6)
10. Alex G. used to indicate when we should gather to the chapel (4)
14. More chance of hurt feelings if mastery rejected and taken in by a woman (7)
15. Type of film in which supporter loses head to cheerleader (5)
16. First four seconds count – ranch-hands are embracing the Spider Woman! (7)
17. Also not without 31 (3)
18. Lie like a lounge room lizard to a friend backing enclosures as outstanding examples (13)
19. Gave lessons in any branch of learning, say? That goes without saying (9)
20. I get an encore! (5)
22. Chewed cud, joined with herd – an ersatz agrarian experience (4,5)
24. Break in servile gesture? Yes (3,3)
26. Paramilitaries infiltrated by intelligence service jerk – what a pain (8)
27. Meant old attire, worn to rags (14)
30. Puzzle of piston pursuing piquancy (7)
31. Roadie had rock musicians (9)
33. Do computers and perfect letter insertion make this symbol redundant? (5)
34. Late bird with no self belief is cast out (5)
36. She’s from a sober society infiltrated by intelligence service (9)
39. Flat I’d spin one around in (7)
41. Where better reception is obtained by rearranging letters (7,7)
43. Drive to let off energy stored in revolutionary cold fusion product (8)
45. Anchor me in beds seen at princes’ funerals (6)
46. Looker finding inspiration before unusual trees (9)
47. Yokel turning straw to spectacles (5)
50. Writer and investigator having great time at festival (9)
51. Use head-spring to ensure still sane? (6,7)
53. Loyal hearts change sides, exchanging loyal heart for diamonds – troublesome business (3)
54. Diet number ten? I’ll say goodbye (7)
55. Time to leave online nuisance (5)
56. In principle, fish unite (7)
57. Heavy gas found aboard small vessel (4)
58. A “sly fem” perhaps? (6)
59. Listless after shuddering orgasms? Drop party pill, and feast! (11)
Down
1. Acidic prophet, almost finished, was tragically drowned (7)
2. Scrub leaves dropping on the ground (11)
3. Dip quill, say (5)
4. Wisdom for heartless Darcy: “Try to achieve position of Overlord!” (8,8)
5. Strange about student leaving every other Sunday for a day in the Sun (8)
6. Wild wind alerts Zulu entering lair of Gnomes (11)
7. Heads, she speeds; tails, I hang on amidst ominous warnings (5)
8. Death reported of chap who croaked beneath bridge (6,8)
9. I transport American high flyer… (6)
11. …and French doctor keeps diary, in his mid-forties, for student of culture (11)
12. Get the chills from noisy psychedelic guru (5,2)
13. Scene in which neither parent appears! (8)
21. Hawthorne found on mountain that’s neither flat nor sharp (7)
23. If violently torn, I will explode (5)
25. Principal seizing cocaine? Sensational! (8,8)
26. Dogs like me (7)
28. Last moment rejection at 12 (7)
29. Supporter giving early cheer may signal end of impossible beliefs (9,5)
32. Paramilitaries held back by paramilitaries (3)
33. Fate of the French minute (7)
35. Chap left before tea to attend university like Oxbridge (11)
37. Carpenter may use this to increase tension! (5)
38. Fond of small charges; they’re less likely to make you cry bitter tears (5,6)
40. Clown hitting chap endlessly, just short of midnight (11)
42. Hypothetically, where you’d look for G-spot during an orgy (2,6)
44. Watery fluids and slippery one general returned to inner court (8)
45. Young dude follows policeman to imitation of a 25 offence (7)
48. Like the cat in “Shake, rattle and roll”, able to look at a King (of the Land of the Long White Sticks?) – but only just! (3,4)
49. Diarist unlikely to appear in “Midsomer Murders” (6)
51. Tom Foolery‘s central riff (5)
52. Vegetables, say, found during half a year at sea! (5)

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A form of embroidery

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Across

1. Watched over small spacecraft? (4-3)
5. Impressionistic 27, about 50, to join my Roman star cartographer (7)
10. 27 King in unsuitable accommodation (4)
11. Dissolution of life counts as the most dramatic departure (10)
12. Magician’s no-shower (6)
13. One of 3 heads victoriously removed – half way to virtue, but only half! (8)
14. Thumper spirits insect away from doe’s head (9)
16. Supposedly, baby carrier supporter exchanged one metal for another (5)
17. Perhaps amphibians originated within the Cat’s Paw nebula (5)
19. Computer control programme swings either way, with a bit of fetishism? (Yes, you’ll need virus protection!) (9)
23. Bag used by lady copper during bathroom revamp (8)
24. All mod cons except the last may be made into a manhole cover (6)
26. A chemical reaction with nitrogen? Boring! (10)
27. Frost, say, resulting from freezing point in (for example) Labrador (4)
28. The power of persistence? (7)
29. Leave when tipple’s exhausted (4,3)
Down
2. It’s worth a lot to take in friend, right? (I don’t get paid for this, you know) (7)
3. You’ll take both ends and place them around a work by 27 to make a sound like Tarzan (5)
4. Initially, Pinaceae Abies could be found in middle parts of coat stand (2,5)
6. Get good vibes from cask and what comes in a stein (4,2)
7. Like 27 in this crossword, it’s in the French word “whether” (9)
8. French star cartographer, relatively untidy (7)
9. A form of embroidery used by 27 (6,7)
15. Over emotionally damaged ilk and shy, following mother’s lead (9)
18. Stop the spin doctors’ show! (7)
20. Man of the world rushes back with full heart, at heart (7)
21. Is 27 a god of Vichy water? (7)
22. “Make a surprise attack between 6 and 29” – Marshall’s advice (4,2)
25. Plump Finn regularly performing reverse of acrobatic spring (3-2)

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An accidental crossword…

…see comments for the sorry tale.

Not me!

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Across
1 Note king chasing cleric westward to get powdered 23 (9)
6 Thanks dads for appetisers (5)
9 Refuse to be terrible in conversation (5)
10 Employed staff to influence storm (9)
11 Ode to Lorna, novel writer and all-round genius (8)
12 Time to record Scottish exclamation? (5)
14 Horrified to find that Silver has Tonto’s head (6)
15 Uncle, say, has right to happiness (8)
16 Swiftean work of satire? Definitely! (3)
17 Fortified by a short dash, perhaps (8)
19 Indigenous person to echo Oscar: “Move lightly in between!” (6)
22 Chairman pushing Bible study for indigenous people (5)
23 HagS without a verbal prohibition to evildoers (8)
25 Worry over misplaced emphasis (6,3)
26 Head of poem? Tail of poem? Tibetan lake! (5)
27 Family took drug to become shapely (5)
28 Replaces drink factories (9)
Down
1 Instrument I’ve hidden in book (4)
2 Training for new student in the act of seeking advice (9,6)
3 Rocks net aboard space station (7)
4 Centre seeking location of patient (6)
5 Squeezed, so liquid gold flowed uphill (8)
6 Fabric used to make raised fat cheese (7)
7 Epitome of erotica in Spin Doctor (15)
8 Rocket scientist cried foul in a 15 ac (10)
13 Was “Singing in the Rain” written for King George? (5,5)
15 Two-tone description of nature’s projections (3)
16 They tend to respond concerning those who do (8)
18 Lawbreakers making TV appearance for a deep singular 24 of 15 dn (7)
20 Remove pate with letter opener (7)
21 How part of foot marches? (6)
24 Chaucer’s uneven shades (4)

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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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Just another crossword

Not particular themey this time, and not based around one particularly abstruse clue … (but I hope still fun) 🙂

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Across
1 Cambric and lead accommodate what may be called guttering (6)
4 How I got into talk earlier? That’s The $64,000 Question! (8)
10 Mars Rover: not a restorer? (9)
11 Disreputable scion of prickly hero (5)
12 State in which there’s no mind, primarily (4)
13 Roughly sum up hi-fi enthusiast (10)
15 Tested composition of recently created currency? (7)
16 Trauma follows the French militiaman from 6 (6)
19 Accommodation for journalists investigating the Shard (6)
21 Covering everything? (7)
23 Idiot ruled without being sent elsewhere (10)
25 Doctor’s assistant heads into garden of remembrance (4)
27 Bishop kept in animal accommodation made his mark (5)
28 Provides most accommodation (using these?) (9)
29 Orbital imagers resolve model sandals! (8)
30 Plaster covering cuts, backed by cotton tips (6)
Down
1 County nurse swans by to get contents of ears (8)
2 Relative’s remote about atomic scale (9)
3 Start to evolve … back into baby? (4)
5 Like “The Luminaries” – gold rush heading to Roberts (7)
6 Godfather and adversary reflect about a good man,
where the best is like the worst (4,2,4)
7 Healthy extremities can be useful (5)
8 Cool, like a 1 ac? (6)
9 Medication makes broadcaster lose rotundity (6)
14 Whoo! Presley’s Throwers regularly play this! (10)
17 Cure for a pain in the bum? (9)
18 Coal fires burning? No, I eat out (8)
20 But 26 toppled a tower! (3,4)
21 Not that remote from lifting a vow of silence (6)
22 With popular support, Queen returns to the country (6)
24 Covering article about street-walker (5)
26 Enthusiastically attack butter (4)

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-e to the power of i times π

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Across
8 Tolerate trim wildcat for a 1 (8)
9 Almost startled to hear wee calculator (6)
10 Bill singularly objects to an entrance of mine (4)
11 Inventor of a type of 1 has diamond riding crop (10)
12 Remove offensive content from organ, say (6)
14 A couple of places where this might be heard (but only if they’re 1 ones!) (3,5)
15 1’s two times a lady (4)
17 “It’s a 1 for the shows!” (5)
18 Argue with opinion (4)
19 A 1 later overturned in court (8)
20 Pilots of Thunderbirds? Ace chaps to have around! (6)
22 Expert’s dissertation on e.g. a dental 1 (10)
23 Pen cross letter to gloomy 3? (4)
24 The whole lot’s eaten by a friend of Dorothy! (2,4)
25 After 1, they positively ascend (8)
Down
1 Middle eight in “The Lady in Red” (Chinese version) ? (6)
2 Measure a type of 1 (4)
3 About to gobble up cream (6)
4 Careworn sophist failing to revere the dead (8,7)
5 Cutting edge sound effect during wash cycle (3-5)
6 Might one be permitted to use a beam and pivot to move a type of 1? (10)
7 Could become inflamed (like a 1, perhaps?) (8)
13 A type of 1 is, in other words, stolen from Susie at the boarding house (10)
16 A type of partner (not 1) knocks back the band (8)
17 Coin half broken by something like a scimitar (8)
20 Potential purchaser of 8 1 gets less grand possessions (6)
21 Gloomy pessimist good at dropping 23ac, say, from a 1 (6)
23 Decline a central character from “The 1” (4)

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Well, here’s another clue for you all…

This is something I picked up from John Lewis*

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Across
9 Edgar Allan Poe kicking Glad about (see how she flies!) (9)
10 Submit oneself to being crisp, firm and healthy (5)
11 See 6 dn
12 It perforates gut, feeling around extremity with head up backside (4,5)
13 Country heads towards middle ground; deal ends in a period of heightened tension (4,3)
14 Angle zip makes with rifle (3-4)
17 Only driven occasionally; hit once (5)
19 Will’s prince who refused to open doors? (3)
20 What you get from standing in the English rain: very hoarse, say, by end (5)
21 A demonstration of needling, giving one for one, is relatively easy (7)
22 In that musical instrument’s dropped fourth harmonic (7)
24 I am the Walrus? (9)
26 Didactic start and over-ironic endings, like many a column (5)
28 I am the eggman! (5)
29 Rio Tinto initially leaking “yellow matter” before protest group (5,4)
Down
1 Hamburger agreeing to join gym for a joke (4)
2 Heartless botanist skinned walrus; uncommonly harsh (6)
3 It’s important in an emergency to not harm influential person (5,5)
4 Hastier strip (6)
5 “I’ve had enough of ‘ringing’ fat-headed, uptight, lawless leaders…” (8)
6,11 “…and I am NOT the Walrus!” (Nurse keeps restrained) (9)
7 Overturning not-so-elementary penguin, with diamonds (8)
8 Where the dead lie (4)
13 Confines pigs with nothing to eat (5)
15 Once you strayed, sadly, to original sin; such occasions define our past (10)
16 Heard concealed source of music (5)
18 Got dirt on heavy metal – hidden backwards: “Destroy bishop for evil god!” (8)
19 Writer without PC to get printout (4,4)
22 Twice set about biting fly (6)
23 Sometime flyer earns wings with no help from Poles (6)
24 Rodent without small pout (4)
25 Mere rodent brought up? No (4)
27 Fetching beginners to climb up Tour Eiffel (4)

*John Lewis is a UK department store … but I was thinking of Lennon and Carroll.

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“She’s getting more fiendish, in my opinion!”

I hope this does nothing to change that opinion. 😀

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Across

9. “Eating doughnuts” – a clip, surprisingly well illustrated (9)
10. Like many, I have a standard encoding (5)
11. Florist circled oddly to obtain a drink (7)
12. Urban area giving clue for … Ow! (7)
13. Consumed, consumed, consumed by unmarried men (5)
14. Many blame senseless last item entering agreement (9)
16. Performed occasionally? (10,5)
19. A fighter, artist and politician, like the Arctic Tern (9)
21. “Yes, pal, go west” – ex-president (5)
22. A sorceress loses love to a roundabout arrangement (7)
23. Obscure blubber with short measure (7)
24. Freedom for commercials? (I just made that up) (2,3)
25. Music with haunting refrain? (9)

Down

1. “Swapped rounds from his severance!” (10)
2. A clue requires original study to interpret correctly (8)
3. Leave before drink leads to decline (2,4)
4. Nearly rest upon what’s used for relief work (4)
5. Tossed in meal tray – it’s good for you (10)
6. Imagine doctor is in, yes? … to probe blockage (8)
7. Type of power sent to sea at top of first column (6)
8. Ordered to prostrate yourself for king (4)
14. Finds final comfort in design of a square (10)
15. Visit everyone with fizzy cola (sic) earlier (6,4)
17. Attack withdrawal of assistance from small group (8)
18. True to basis of revolution, hides a spoiler (8)
20. Heartless young woman confounded lady with a will (6)
21. It’s clear lady has it after work (3-3)
22. One container’s open (4)
23. Elegant young lady, almost (4)

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Bottoms up!

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Across
1. Mine get rough tonight for a portrayer of 9 (9)
6. Preserve, specifically, 9’s companion (5)
9. Programme every third mud burrower to laugh (2,3)
10. Ate much junk? Herein my prognosis (9)
11. Peace and majesty bestowed upon amphibian (10)
12. Porridge ingredient hot? My word! (4)
14. £1 in change to service receivers (7)
15. Briggs’ creation, currently wearing S&M article… (7)
17. …meanders to our empty House (7)
19. Shows Dot’s follower amongst seats (7)
20. Containers head to terminus on this day of the month (4)
22. An explosive device in a male ungulate sounds ghastly (10)
25. She talked about getting legless 23 of 9 (3,6)
26. Feel what body-building G-string aspires to! (5)
27. Tupelo found in Tony’s saloon (5)
28. Misbehave constantly (not half!) like a snake (9)
Down
1. Deist suffering regular ups and downs… (5)
2. …or very much in a troubled state; control would be a good example (9)
3. Neologisms cured the blues! (10)
4. Darker skin colour in fatty tissue reflecting muscular condition (7)
5. Colour found between ends of nameless songs (7)
6. Take successors to first 3 members of INXS to find delights (4)
7. 9 creature is son of deity (5)
8. Trumpeters’ toneless call to colonists (9)
13. Marilyn almost embraces writer returning to European country (10)
14. “Author! Author!” (9)
16. Show rear, a turn-on with tip of shiny footwear (4,5)
18. Roy’s mistaken to say they run takeaways? (7)
19. E.g. Maggie’s active in pursuit of little rascals (7)
21. Voice gives away origins (5)
23. Dash with Dot’s aunt to meet unknown antagonist (5)
24. Infant pop art movement (4)

I Should Have Known Better…

….but I made up another crossword anyway.
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Across
1. Conveyance with two-stroke engine (7)
5. Hot, hot, hot high heels worn by Bret Easton (7)
9. Am I going to start for China? (5)
10. Requisition make up from nuns (5,4)
11. Shelley claimed to be “One Imperfect Allegorist” (10)
12. 17 goddess with power to char… (4)
14. …three pines, from which we get a 21 by a 1 down (4,4,4)
18. Ring leads Bilbo to dance around commercial estate (say)
to a bouncy tune (2-2-2,2-2-2)
21. Boy George initially produces 18, for example (4)
22. Odd point, being made to pay to be at liberty (10)
25. Edgar – or William – rubs deviously around bully (9)
26. Maori tribe left twice to get a 21 by a 1 down (1,4)
27. Basic principle of detective show: eliminate three characters (7)
28. Took aim at saw (7)
Down
1. Be at least partly ex-prefab (6)
2. 24th 27 in 32nd? Wince! (6)
3. To oppose Cecil, say, would be a turning point (10)
4. When pre-gay, she bombed (5)
5. Surface designed to lift Henry’s margins; he’s lifted 19 (9)
6. Instrument sounds somewhat unreliable (4)
7. Not the Declaration of Independence! (1,4,3)
8. Site of record-breaking respectful imitation (8)
13. Gay feigned conversion to claim for skin care product (3,7)
15. Dr Who alien close behind in great prequel to “The Arms of Morpheus” (4,5)
16. Finding unnatural bliss in mystery writer is conceivable (8)
17. Do loners put out tongue once? (3,5)
19. Nation struggling to obtain oil… (6)
20. …plus light’s gone off (6)
23. Band used after ring (5)
24. Your “soul” requirement? (4)

Grrls just wanna have fun

Enjoy! 😀
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Across
1 Pilot meets returning aliens; smart alec said flipping vast assemblage (13)
9 Expose to radiation, a dangerous setback for a 1 (8)
10 Foolish swine follow, you say, like fools? (6)
12 Bootless boss lost in my coat of many colours (6)
13 Usual cry of disgust over beheading ceremony (8)
15 New star taking a dip in drink returns to a 1 (7)
16 “Love rock?” (4)
19 He returns a 1 to the “Lazy Z” (4)
20 Separate ewes from rams (and whales) for a 1 (7)
23 Theologian finds Christian (Sir Richard) in river (8)
24 Swine’s first to be a pig? (6)
26 Violas played for Royal Family (6)
27 Cool body for each tower (8)
28 Pre-emptive closure from sparkling wine (tut!) and close friend (French) (1,6,2,4)
Down
2 East Ender: “Hope he swallowed drug!” (6)
3 Suited traveller to say: “Stop crowding me, dude, I need some ___, __!” (8)
4 Picket Uist, just in case (4)
5 Einstein has sources stolen, sadly; it’s settled in court (6)
6 Even tofu, fairly, has a small part in “This Is Your Life” (8)
7 Lock keeper went about with a greeting for every sailor at first (9,4)
8 Triumphs of style over substance in bestseller “Le Toff” ? (6-7)
11 Gomez’s cousin appears in epic 1 (7)
14 Deer departed, I hear, to go to rest (4,3)
17 He’s hiding cash-back, is labourer (8)
18 Support loose dentures (8)
21 Wearable bomb site? (6)
22 Ridiculous hesitation heard in “Hair” (6)
25 Re one dancing on pinhead: it was angel (4)

“The London Underground is not a political movement!”

(“A fish called Wanda”)

Another attempt, I hope well polished.

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Across
9. An overdue encoding – to Morse, perhaps (9)
10. Copper found in the Spanish place (5)
11. Change when afternoon begins? (5)
12. Repay trip organised to faraway destination? (9)
13. Sabotage public relations exercise (7)
14. Bloom’s famous last word (7)
17. Beat journalist: “Like lift music!” (5)
19. Reddish-brown bark (3)
20. One to transport, on a bearing of 90 degrees (5)
21. Long ago, when Miss Gale arrived in Oz? (4,3)
22. See 4
24. Spouting her oral rubbish without a word of approval (9)
26. Capital M contained by Spanish knight’s leaders (5)
28. Girl returned after 6 to get old records (5)
29. Unbounded, as ability is to capability (9)
Down
1. See 6
2. Religiously follow point of billboard (6)
3. He heard dad resolve to be pragmatic (10)
4, 22ac. Tavern owner, almost irritable, edges away from hands-on Champ (4,2,7)
5. Possession of a real beverage, so they say (8)
6, 1. Herbal medicine is spread around love area (4,4)
7. Game with rapid hand movement? (8)
8. See the unknown after clairvoyance, perhaps (4)
13, 24. Crush tailless insect against baseless support with endless anger (5,4)
15. Child from P.O.W. camp found in cave… (10)
16. …imp is dreambound, oddly (5)
18. Intended course chap pursues to become loud and mournful (8)
19. “Slightly cold” – said spitefully (8)
22. Mild exclamation after sea creature proves to be cold and damp (6)
23. Spanish knight almost sounds like his squire’s mount (6)
24. See 13
25. Part of model organisation backed type of model (4)
27. Equating potassium with sulphur will get you a smack! (4)

Marge lets Norah see Sharon’s telegram

(So many dynamos!)

I’ve tried to polish this one a bit more, since I have been told to “work on my surfaces”.  Had I but world enough and time, I’d rework and rework until I thought everything was perfect. But when it’s only a spare time thing, I just have to say “enough!” eventually, and hope I’ve done a reasonable job. Also, I must admit that I have rarely seen a crossword that doesn’t have a few rough or even nonsensical surfaces – sometimes that’s part of their charm (or maybe that’s just because I tend to do the Guardian crossword.)

But anyway, this one has been polished a bit more than my previous efforts, so I hope the result is worth it.

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Across
1. Degrees are one form of relief (3)
3. After circuit is connected, Liz and Laura almost turn blue (5,6)
9. President, you heard, has prosecutor; a predatory type (9)
10. Frequently concerned with numerical base (5)
11. The pride of the fair? (6)
12. Strikes a note with tossers (8)
14. Cape added to give quality (4)
15. Paddy wagon’s broadcast picked up after dark by mother (5,5)
18. Appearance of fast-moving charged particle (10)
19. Taking the redoubt from Windscale is gallant (4)
21. Remain around local state with chosen head (8)
23. Tune played backwards is giving transcendant insight (6)
25. Sailor astern? (5)
26. During morning or after, at a meeting with lady love (9)
28. Upset at anagram of “mirage” (4,7)
29. Thus, with a degree, it would be simple (3)
Down
1. Haircut for helpful uncle (3)
2. Starts when summer begins (7,2)
3. Shed – has also shed – weight, I’ve heard (4,2)
4. Some fat is best (4)
5. The farmer’s usual? (6,4)
6. A grave error for mob: it explodes! (4,4)
7. Disunite? (5)
8. It’s found smoking in the bog, weirdly – is it a fungus? (5,6)
11. Generator of Vegan fad? Far out! (3,2,6)
13. Form (if that is right) – it labels (10)
16. Confused hero has data on resistance movements, perhaps (9)
17. Part of speech a German with erection made, to be precise (8)
20. Hair from mustang, or a goat (6)
22. Inform on Herb (5)
24. Epic tale of foot-loose cosmologist (4)
27. ‘Tis whispered Noah used this type of light (3)

What if there were no hypothetical situations?

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What indeed? Something else to think about…

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Across

1. Creates upon Moon fissures and flows of a similar age (15)
8. Lump of horse found in crust of nut cutlet (6)
9. Aimless wander amongst golden eggs knocked back scientist (8)
11. Cathy not last to dare to run to see throne (8)
12. Wealthy travellers emerge from black hole (3,3)
14. Black bishop arriving in time (4)
15. Laugh with yard’s artist (7)
18. Goddess met in Harts, say (7)
19. Make trouble for jail (4)
22. On distant moon, find directions to midnight sun-bulbs (6)
23. Lover of motorway (with added emphasis) (8)
25. We return Gaffer – rigged vote (8)
26. Ravel, taken aback in surprising circumstances, loses Virginia’s blouse (6)
27. Reserve source of material for fantasy road? (11,4)
Down

1. How some object is made from Yeti’s conclusion (15)
2. Drunken gait in gaslight leads to oblivion (8)
3. Peep-hole? (6)
4. Cut flower? (4)
5. “Leaves is falling!” – info for stunted intellects? (8)
6. Freehold estates housing Methuselah, perhaps (6)
7. Drinks wine, cheatin’ – result is swift punishment (5,5,5)
10. Erotic heroine in account returned to infantryman (7)
13. Go on and on about prophet’s deformity (7)
16. Constellation and/or revolutionary genius (8)
17. Poirot almost doubles back ahead of time, and so forth? (8)
20. Headstrong follower of Kung found in Shakespeare (6)
21. Flasher disrobes when model’s in (6)
24. People who know their 22 are beheaded for long periods (4)

Alcohol is not a solution! (It’s a solvent)

“One more wafer-thin crossword puzzle, sir?”

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Across
1. Holding me inside? Idiotic! Dense! (7)
5. Bores her pants off without Henry (7)
9. Computer is, perhaps, the way to gain withheld knowledge (5)
10. In river-valley, shortly after 1, combining power of 3 (9)
11. A type of ice cream not found “upon a painted ocean” ? (1,6)
12. G.L.C. infiltrated by first 3 disconsonant members of Celtic family (6)
14. Queen in sound interlude (8)
17. Oriental scene? Get away! (6)
18. Not to be in debt, so we hear, gives the chop (18)
20. Fishes, swallows ten pence, spits it out (6)
22. Urges he’ll find delicate (3-5)
25. Pauper to ask fish for money (6)
26. Documentary about vessel returning mollusk (7)
28. Favour expressedly intended as way to heal the sick (9)
29. Groom before directions are received (5)
30. Move without a layer of armour (7)
31. Game possibly heard of on the “Mayflower” ? (7)
Down
1. Makes a scene (10)
2. Wicked of him – has 10 people in tears (15)
3. Again skins backlog (7)
4. Net puzzled, bald monkey and dig in (8)
5. Objects to short effortless pivots (6)
6. Low grade destroyers wipe out lead (7)
7. Card to display after he holds the king (8,7)
8. Seat on key area (4)
13. Plant ringer to do in lady (10)
15. Fool’s bottom’s head (3)
16. Peg shirt (3)
17. Measure of power of Cockney lady’s force (3)
19. Behead! Hang stoic! Rack disbeliever! (8)
21. Ignite after sunrise (5,2)
23. Attack TV stand (3,4)
24. Error – mistakenly ask question; this illustrates our system (6)
27. Occupied doing work on roof (4)

I’ve got the duck-egg blues

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Across
1. Using flower power (13)
9. Cockney Marx eats egg before 1 while playing notes successively (8)
10. Pistol found by Marcellus in the state of Denmark (6)
12. Don’t look round – continue (4,2)
13. Parlay a Hydrogen into a Helium nucleus (5,3)
15. From flax an’ things one may obtain yellow pigment (7)
16. Two beginners in British Library discover ancient god (4)
19. Beat retreat (4)
20. Untidy, discarded around capital of Morocco (7)
23. Fluttering dog? (8)
24. Look about lower-class sentry (6)
26. Points to joint as salad ingredient (6)
27. Sell alien reserve force to get revenge (8)
28. Curly-haired creature said to live in hulks near Land’s End (7,3,3)
Down
2. “At first, yes, I played piano!” enthusiast exclaimed (6)
3. Like a King about tiny matter, or parochial… (8)
4. …has Your Majesty flipped over the Goddess of Discord? (4)
5. Also your old, and full of pegs (6)
6. Space travel in a different way (8)
7. Tar that could have seriously damaged health? (4,3,6)
8. Played concise, varied works for those seeking meaning (13)
11. Staked out camel I’d messed with (7)
14. Persistent orders from loudmouth (7)
17. What raw recruit did to it (6,2)
18. Add 9, then a little extra (8)
21. Split like Nick’s extremities (6)
22. Seductress almost goes to prayer (6)
28. Rewire breakwater? (4)

Like the start of the R.A.F.’s Rubik’s Cube contest: “OK, chaps – unscramble!”

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 Across

1. Rover’s belief ruffled in turn (8,6)
9. A bit of damage to Chris, after one showed a way to find those responsible (9)
10. Edge in over George W. (5)
11. Race to its start? What a waste (5)
12. Is out of print, was out of sight: Scot’s reptiles (9)
13. Vulgar type, perhaps not right to form partisan group (7)
15. Scratch Post Office, say, for what’s in House (no. 8) (7)
17. They aren’t morons; on the contrary, I hear they instruct us (7)
19. Many fool Gardner with root (7)
20. Amidst grass, shocks for reason (9)
22. “LLLLLL” – a warble (5)
23. Only the end of civilisation’s quivering fabric (5)
24. Adam goes to University of London to get lady round for one of the Spinners (9)
25. Prepare cue and speech for subject of photograph, how contrary (5,3,6)

Down

1. Close follower of Coleridge due to arrive before half five in ward (9,5)
2. Displays “Where Eagle’s Dare” – comes before Church, during refreshments break (3,6)
3. Pen shed by Companion of Honour (5)
4. Peacekeepers recognised the unfamiliar (7)
5. Foot first engraves wraiths (7)
6. Home to 494 bills, which could cause ill-will (9)
7. Original Marilyn, usually cut short (5)
8. Old enough to draw sea opening out around a type of seaman (11,3)
14. Nails coil around line connecting areas of equal slope (9)
16. Quiet line from cliché (9)
18. Suspect? Not us – artist with ranges of colours (7)
19. Made meal for Tom before start of dinner (7)
21. Tip her head under the plough (5)
22. Swimmer from unwritten chapter (5)

“Have ye seen the size o’ that thing (again), Doctor?” (Doctor Who Abjures Norms!) (7,5,9)

Only a bit themey, and dedicated to “Hoskins” who inspired 1 down, and “Anax”, who kindly commented favourably on my clue for it (both on http://www.ukpuzzle.com)…

(…and despite the title, nothing to do with Dr Who…)

…but don’t let that stop you having a go!  And please leave a comment, should you feel so inclined.

Across
1. Ersatz ale’s included in moonshine (10)
6. Dropped midfielder; he’s too liberal (4,6)
13. Coral tangles ropes? (4,5)
14. See 18
15. Kafka’s guy (a bit thick) heard musical progression (7)
16. Detest, as bad habit of religion leads to (5)
17. Turn head: how in-law ran back to see swimming unicorn (7)
18,14. Sub-submarine underminers (4,5,3,3)
19. Bide a wee while for a tasty salad (4,2)
20. “Hot Rod” rates open topped car (8)
23. Unhelpful advice when racing to Bonnie Banks (3,4,3,4,4)
29. Dresses for owls? (10)
30. “Vermicious Knids (dickies removed, balls added) served up?” – said of someone who’ll eat anything (10)
31. Central tower chilled out with film series and reassuring maxim (4,4,3,5,2)
35. Capital author of “Lark about with noisy stains” (4,4)
38. One interstellar flight (6)
40. “Monster mash” from pre ’69 band (4)
43. Food from heaven one consumed, so endless tomorrows (7)
44. Groovy feature of Maria, for example (5)
45. Coens raised here? (7)
46. Surprisingly sly about nervous rattling (11)
47. Cod I’m chasing towards naked diver (9)
48. See 1 down
49. Info about rarest endangered species found here (10)
Down
1,48. We’re left handed? (4-8,10)
2. Spike caused infection from drug dealer I’d busted (7,5)
3. Class with no right to be in Surrey town (6)
4. Recoiled aerobatically? (6,3,4)
5. Here, your ass is toast (7)
7. Midge meets death before bear (6)
8. Barker shortly to be in doggy state (7)
9. Dine out with lady; insertion was an essential part (7)
10. Nasty bigot, he’s all mouth and no trousers (8)
11. McCarthy era stop signal? (3,5)
12. Bird asylum? (8)
21. Club let off struggle (6)
22. Before I’m the Carpenter’s mate, I deliver farm produce (6)
24. Kite storage: kept in wardrobe, I’m told (6)
25. Flower blooming again? (13)
26. Piece of wood found on ship? (6)
27. Policyholder diversifies into chemical (12)
28. Astute marlin gives warning of dangerous wave (7,5)
32. Put simply, as otherwise gives poor return (8)
33. Ask about sound of Marley’s ghost? (3,5)
34. Eccentric branch of pedal component (8)
36. Spirit of shaman? It ought to be (7)
37. 23 across initially reveals composer (7)
39. Mickey Mouse camera I get from the continent (7)
41. Luggage without second key? A bad look (6)
42. Sign first letter in shrewish type (6)