No. 6 August 2015

avengers

Across
1 Abode with steps disrupted some forms of transport (10)
9 Finally cook fish at bottom of vessel (4)
10 Conjured magic tree – Lo! A rapid form of growth! (11)
11 Some knock back gin, say (4)
13 Annual expression of sorrow, mostly centred around a Guy (7)
15 Sergeant discovers cases of drugs hidden in noble forms of transport (6)
17/18 “Oddly” throwable headgear? (6,3)
19 Russian autocrat almost seizes Arabian city to obtain elaborate passage (7)
20 Hail may be found on doormat (7)
21 Double act? … Half double, about? … Act about half-hearted double? … (3)
23 …Mystery Machine variations? (6)
25 Opening from chess, for example – detailed unit of information (6)
26 One who gets satisfaction from something sweet served cold (7)
27 An afterthought to east end of church (4)
30 Underwater assignments – poems sent to “Landfall”, say? (11)
31 Swindle A.A.Milne character – Kanga, for a start (4)
32 Shrubs, they say, conceal wildlife guardians (10)
Down
2 9 losing head after pretty lead’s strip (4)
3 Eponymous matchmaker Miss Austen originated (4)
4 Best nuts include the Spanish nuts (6)
5 Brother of Cassim Clay once, joining 2degrees (3,4)
6 Egyptian amulet suits Sheik (6)
7 Seabird reportedly fails to make “explosive cocktails” (6,5)
8 Tense, and almost immaculate (10)
12 Anyway, senior maids provide a second entrée (11)
13 Growth of Arabian seaport (and most of Arabian country) (7)
14 Secondary place to worship medicated soap (4,3)
15 Why is a hidden river in Yorkshire like a writing-desk? (10)
17 Owned half a particle found at CERN (3)
18 Company backing anything from Yorkshire (3)
22 Shot frames the morning; head off like Clint Eastwood’s character in the “Dollars” films (7)
24 Confirm a verger’s heading to old university church (6)
25 Image is half revealing entertainer (6)
28 Ruler reaching highest point after removing what was under his daughter’s mattress (4)
29 A Peruvian tattooist, in a manner of speaking (4)

A small homage to Patrick and Brian*

*Saying any more would be telling!

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