Advice to Elgar

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Across
1 Our pub’s popular with slimmers (5)
4 Get it when performing mass without extras (3,6)
9 Girl exploring either end of cosmic space – should be educational (9)
10 Courageous support for Venezuela (5)
11 Spear, as for example used to pierce Jesaiah’s heart (7)
12 Nasty present? (7)
13 Shade of red used in Heat? (5)
15 Injure girl overlapped with metal instrument (9)
18 Fascinated with the doors provided (9)
20 Cold one she swallowed – it’s French, dear (5)
21 Told docker’s backing No. 1 (7)
23 No, no – No. 1 rag – I’m surprised paper folded (7)
25 Not where males put on trial? (5)
26 Pre-performance advice to give Elgar, mostly (5,1,3)
27 Coming from all directions to place where one can find many issues (9)
28 Irritated by Lawrence’s tiny wings (5)
Down
1 Removing top ingredients from wealthy ruler, I’ve become profitable (9)
2 Hooks rule between banks of channels (5)
3 City story about new course with layers (7)
4 Distant era where Eloi sport between ends of night, heart of Sphinx, and the final cold (9)
5 What leads the Telegraph, Independent, Mail and Evening Standard? (5)
6 Ban “O take Me!” (as seen in The Mirror) (7)
7 Never! A pig to run The Telegraph? (9)
8 Tricky alternative for nurse (5)
14 A tabloid version of “Alfred the Great’s edicts” could be The Weakest Link? (5,4)
16 ‘R’ is for rock band? (9)
17 Sticking to the rules for being neighbourly (7,2)
19 Huntress clearing insiders before 5 rewrite (7)
20 Insect is fair game (7)
21 Plant fluid is risen? Not quite (5)
22 Put words in mouth of unknown, and get a president (5)
24 Finally – not almost finally – we hear the World Press’s onto him (5)

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“Daleks conga! Grandest joy!”

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Across
1 Clearly not a dietary requirement for Daleks! (2,5,1,3)
6 A lady’s file action (3)
8 Man pares cooked cheese (8)
9 Aunt will hollow out fruit (6)
11 Perform wicked acts with heartless glee…and burn! (5)
12 Punitive detail to offend, almost within spit? (9)
13 I’m wearing vinyl, but walk as if unaccentuated lamé (4)
15 Spin for correct look, I’ve been told (10)
17 Considering, say, a country with a lot of space? (10)
19 Some poor creatures are cared for by this, at first (4)
22 Yes, mouth off about second in command having been young once (9)
24 Core of planet displacing hydrogen westward (5)
25 He can relate to clerk (unlike 21) (6)
26 Display feathers for confrontation (8)
28 Knights, for example, take part in tournament (3)
29 Rudely pop armourer’s self-esteem (5,6)
Down
1 Pa’s drunk – he’s legless! (3)
2 Introduce a clever representation of names? Yes, mainly (7)
3 Bobby’s used to skin (6)
4 Annoyance caused by raising agent’s weapon to head off allowance (12)
5 Long for an indefinite date (5)
6 Rub vigorously with nun’s preparation – to alleviate this? (7)
7 More homeless? That’s not right, and wasteful (11)
10 We both go crazy for how plastic things may attach to each other (4-8)
11 Arrangement for obtaining sustainable power where we live (5,6)
14 Hard-hearted detective getting a letter from abroad (3)
16 Rating son’s muscles (3)
18 Mawkish Matilda with zero backing (7)
20 Trained ape thus raised for a mess of pottage (3,4)
21 He likes to display a brief fall (unlike 25) (6)
23 Hay being a regular source of laughter (5)
27 Stingy female swaps bishop for knight (as originally named) (3)

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Whistler’s Mother

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Across
1  Intend, in bygone days, to be the most average? (7)
5  Crow after sailor returned a load of money (7)
9  More idealistic? (7)
10 Genuine funny bone (4,3)
11 Hard rock with a lot of bass and plenty of high notes (6)
12 One time-travelling back to battleground (5)
14 Bottom with a mind of its own? (4,6)
16 Artist returned fish after weekend (4)
18 Call, ring – could be start of something cold! (4)
19 Leading Lady announced before Pop Queen (5,5)
21 Enviro-doctor accepting furnishings, etc (5)
22 Mischievous child often found in shallow water (6)
26 Illuminated, at night, low louse left aboard (7)
27 Spotted encrusted meat, worn down (7)
28 Every yes-man’s an appeaser (7)
29 Ascending notes disappoint (7)
Down
1  “Whistler’s Mother” unfinished until head added (5)
2  Plant ET’s successor on Earth initially (4)
3  Memorials, mine, found in junk heaps (8)
4  Silver wasn’t returned to island kingdom (5)
5  Difficult situation with tester flying in rapid air current (3,6)
6  A cat might like a catamite? (6)
7  Tea, love? Jeeves regularly imbibed (10)
8  Became raw issues, allowing surfers to see one another (3,6)
13 Appears relaxed, taking drug at kindy (10)
14 I surface before a nut (9)
15 At Riga, Uri wielding invisible axe (3,6)
17 Inform that enemies retreated after sixth year (6,2)
20 By pursuing thrill regularly, I inwardly felt warmer (6)
23 Sports prize before I’d winged archer (5)
24 Spooner’s boy taking heart from 16 (5)
25 Hard to find alias for traditional challenge (4)

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Breaking fresh ground

This one has a bit of a theme 🙂

18-10-14 13x13 (coffee) GRID

Across
1 Compare price without, old bean! (6)
4 Princess I’ve almost returned to capital (6)
8 Improve appearance of, say, “Don Camillo and the Devil” (5)
9 A German aboard a horse? It’s inevitable! (6)
11 Guest nun ordered medicinal creams (8)
12 Murdered a type of 1 across (4)
14 Artist who might take sugar? (6)
15 Clean space (6)
17 Insignia, oddly, removed for her (4)
18 A ragtime medley used to interpret Hebrew (8)
20 Heather loses head to a fellow offering the continent (6)
21 Make clothes quickly in period before election (3-2)
22 Differently routed? (6)
23 Come this way to be essential! (6)
Down
1 Type of 1 across is a monkey? No comment! (10)
2 A perk of having a forelock? (6,7)
3 Sees pros drunk (though not on this) (8)
5 Butter up a mountain? (4)
6 One concern: curious about dog. The incident didn’t happen… (13)
7 …in the night-time? (To get a 1 across) (5)
10 Broadcast mad appeals for a masculine feature (5,5)
13 Final letter received by female relatives holding a cold beverage (8)
15 Confronted uplifting type of 1 across, without the usual effect (5)
19 It’s grim up north, hiding wood (4)

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Stop making coffee?

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Across
1 Figure doctor turns away able-bodied (5)
2 Bird I found in silly chap-book, starting from the end (9)
8 Two soldiers almost shoot Californian popular at Christmas (5,3)
9 Discrimination shown by copper probing final utterance of supplicant (6)
11 Plug separator without a blended core (7)
12 Get bread from guy around lunchtime (7)
13 It could be found a cave? As used by bats? (4-8)
15 And yet always at least breaking even (12)
17 Particular emitter attacked solar power regularly (7)
18 Cry of discovery after almost everyone’s swallowing your poison (7)
19 Numbers from zero to 3.14159 sum approximately (6)
20 “Braveheart” to have Disney in the lead role with hands crossed (8)
21 Official: he loves things! (9)
22 Roger eating a lot of crumbs (5)
Down
1 Wise men (with glasses) boarding taxi to disclose secret of complex road junction (5,10)
2 Pop, say, backed Mom: eating uranium can be a cause of distress! (5)
3 Strange if Mrs Thatcher was heading off a distributor of largess (6,9)
4 Stop making coffee? (5,2,1,4)
5 Half-heartedly, I drop by wearing a flower (need to be earlier!) (15)
6 Partly overturned alibi has me mistrusting respected lady (8)
7 Rings aunts able to dance can-can earlier (15)
10 The classroom’s disrupted, but not by him (12)
14 More work arrives gradually? (8)
16 How extremities secured in harness make a striking sound (6)

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