A little gem

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Across
2 Everyone shall be found in the final list! (3)
4 Is it ‘cos I’m oddly lacking? Cold, impassive? (5)
6 One cold diving bird returned – only its tip is visible (7)
8 Disease was airborne, I hear (3)
9 Give weaponless fighters a hand? Not exactly (3)
11 Handle eastern complaint (5)
12 Make use of a disguise, say (5)
13 Payback for rabbit (3)
15 Sum up a double diamond? (3)
16 Ascending notes disappoint (7)
19 Rubes solved puzzle (5)
20 Laugh exuberantly at river? That’s not on (3)
Down
1 Grand round thing found between poles? (5)
2 Gobbled feta up, almost (3)
3 Pervert’s rest (3)
4 Ruin meal, including first course (7)
5 Ties curve up over tubs (7)
6 Homer’s work’s putting lithium into an atomic container – the end of Springfield? (5)
7 Raged about score (5)
8 Cook’s a one who may grant wishes? Not a one (3)
10 In the centre of 1499? (3)
14 Collection of egg-white nearly complete (5)
17 Fairy found in cafe? Yes! (3)
18 A university knocked head off bird (3)

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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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A cruciverbalist on Mars

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Across
1 A lab backed away from an instrument of early space exploration? (5)
4 Limb able to support first to step onto dry land (9)
8 33’s president captured by Slovakia after sending one east (7)
9 Space traveller from flamboyant star in region first entered (7)
11 Musical groups back reversal of change to company (6)
13 Most of beer round, oddly poured into bath or pitcher (4,4)
14 Hunting Yeti? Better try here (5)
15 Scientist who’s recently discovered mass (6)
17 Grasses allowed to grow back for a 33 (7)
20 Agent broadcasts what happened to 23ac in 1993, for example (7)
23 Observer of spherical region initially lacking boron; space filled by hydrogen (6)
26 Attendant to Queen losing first helper (5)
27 Play the Last Trump, like Elizabeth the First’s chin? (4-4)
28,32 A straightforward application of 15’s work? Apparently not (6,7)
31 Respected one’s “feminine” (define obliquely) (7)
32 See 28
33 Took seat left in top drawer for attendant (9)
34 Who’d throw a party for parasites? (5)
Down
1 Girl heard exclaiming over what cowboys do (8)
2 One night in Paris for Northerners (5)
3 Give woman a metric prefix for food colouring (7)
4 Mongolian emperor changing sides to gain ancient symbol (4)
5 Fighter, highly regarded, changed countries (8)
6 I force hair around dangerous redhead (7)
7 Conductance, electric current and magnetic field intensity inside a resistor (6)
10 Centre-right earlier backed support for the muttering of crowds (7)
12 Genesis of Satan-inspired naughtiness? (3)
13 Particle loses a gamble (3)
16 “Doctor Who” free about the thing referred to (7)
18 Type of writing I hear 15 described mathematically! (8)
19 Skill of catching amphibian in cup-size cape (8)
21 Gland evolved from real DNA (7)
22 Martian volcano’s trouble for Thor (3)
23 Female protagonist’s no angel? (3)
24 Wee blockage I hurl to destruction (7)
25 Sojourner and co. head off cowboys (6)
29 Money received, no thanks to Cambridge institution (5)
30 I state my intention to rock! (4)

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Like ragged trousers?

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Across
1 Spooner’s incompetent yells: “They keep us in our places!” (9)
6 The site of an unforgettable engagement, though not quite fashionable (5)
9 Pick out odd letters from strange signature (3)
10 Groans came from here as Goth sang R.E.M. composition (11)
11 He had a plum job once, in more ways than one (6)
12 Steam whistles from duck pie simmering on ring (8)
14 Sound, unreserved currency (5)
16 Scientist shortly to obtain computers; always exploitative type (9)
18 Lairds puzzled; ask why horse is stuck in front of huge tree (9)
20 Head grower found amongst the hydrangeas (5)
22 First part of bunkum heartlessly frivolous, in a frail sort of way (8)
24 Virginia is unable to be as a lot may be (6)
27 A perennial, like “Old man river” ? (11)
28 Head away from this place before a certain time (3)
29 Deal with loose ends? That is occupying mate (3,2)
30 Begin to fish by seaside for a pair of joined shells (9)
Down
1 A flapper causing a stir in faraway places? (9,6)
2 One last letter turned up after publication, leading to thin material (7)
3 Amazing image, nice with edges trimmed (5)
4 Appropriate funds, lose employment, escalate fraud (4)
5 Haggard woman qualified for Royal residence (5)
6 Showy swimmer spread his fan: rich girl dives in (9)
7 Shell donated by shipwrecked sailor? (7)
8 Like ragged trousers? (2,5,4,4)
13 Work guy with hands everywhere taking part at end of month (4)
15 Sweetener offered by company to sailors with hairpiece (4,5)
17 Airport featured in the Inspector Lynley mysteries (4)
19 Solve good puzzle to obtain metal plate (7)
21 Accurate lead projector from US agency looked back (7)
23 Diamond lady has type of power plant (5)
25 Vessel one should speak of? (5)
26 Poetic precursor to Christmas Eve is hit with marginal changes (4)

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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 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 Of 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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