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  • 1ac: BEATUP: A ram must —, much the worse for wear (6): A ram must “be a tup”
  • 6ac: SISALS: Rope-makers having lives restricted by endless cut back (6): IS (lives) in SLAS(h) (endless cut) reversed
  • 11ac: ENDURO: Long-distance race – messed up Round One, on dropping out (6): *(ROUND ONE - ON)
  • 12ac: OUTLIE: Dark blue tile, cracked, to remain in the open? Rarely (6): OU (for Oxford University whose sporting colour is dark blue) + *(TILE)
  • 13ac: PARRYING: Railway enters cutting, turning aside (8): RY (railway) in PARING (cutting)
  • 14ac: ASTRAGAL: Moulding of a star with investment of a grand (8): ASTRAL (of a star) outside A G(rand)
  • 15ac: SMILE: I’ll cut trees back to make a beam (5): I in ELMS (trees) reversed
  • 16ac: FINCH: E.g. Peter, one of many demonstrating charm? (5): Double Definition; ref. Peter Finch
  • 18ac: TUTELAGE: Charge made by leader of Trinovantes as Roman eagle wavering (8): T(rinovantes) + UT (Latin for “as”) + *(EAGLE)
  • 21ac: TETCHIER: Bite inside layer that’s increasingly peppery (8): ETCH (bite) in TIER (layer)
  • 24ac: RAKEE: Inclination around start of evening for something like ouzo (5): RAKE (inclination) around E(vening)
  • 26ac: STERN: Hard old gang leader causing a fair bit of consternation (5): conSTERNation + Double Definition
  • 28ac: KNACKERY: King’s English penned by cranky, doddery old hack ends up here? (8): K(ing’s) E(nglish) inside *(CRANKY)
  • 29ac: SNUB NOSE: After backward rolls one’s damaged part of pug’s face? (8, 2 words): BUNS (rolls) reversed + *(ONES)
  • 30ac: SAPEGO: Former skin disease to drain self-confidence (6): SAP (drain) + EGO (self-confidence)
  • 31ac: SHELTA: Travellers use this – such tips are given by spiel that’s rendered deviously (6): SHELTA TIPS = *(SPIEL THATS)
  • 32ac: SHADOW: Trouble experienced with slut around? (6): HAD (experienced) inside SOW (slut)
  • 33ac: HAREEM: You’ll find wives congregating here are absorbed in a bit of sewing (6): ARE in HEM (bit of sewing)
  • 1dn: BEPESTER: Annoy greatly, as tiresome fellow interrupting pub drink? (8): PEST (tiresome fellow) inside BEER (pub drink)
  • 2dn: A DROITE: Keep this on the autoroutes? Roadie’s worried about it (7, 2 words): *(ROADIE) around ’T (it)
  • 3dn: TURTLENECKED: Tenter lucked out, reaching top of crag? (12): *(TENTER LUCKED)
  • 4dn: POISHA: Some Bangladeshi cash, I, in old money one quarter of an anna (6): I in POSH (old money) + A(nna) (one quarter of an anna)
  • 5dn: SONTAG: Knitted cape (from Sweden on label) (6): S(weden) + ON + TAG (label)
  • 6dn: STRAIGHTENER: Bung the last of veg, cooked, in sieve (12): *(THE + (ve)G) inside STRAINER (sieve)
  • 7dn: ALIGN: Ditzy gal with ‘in’ dress (5): *(GAL + IN)
  • 8dn: LINACRE: College: learner having entered one must accept rule (7): L(earner) + IN (having entered) + ACE (one) around R(ule)
  • 9dn: SEEL: Colander remains upside down (4): LEES (remains) reversed
  • 11dn: NAAM: Seizure of a kind starts on nerves and activates muscles (4): N(erves) A(nd) A(ctivates) M(uscles)
  • 17dn: HORNBEAM: Hardwood tree, note, coated with old frostiness in the morning (8): NB (Nota Bene, note) inside HORE (obs. frostiness) + AM (in the morning)
  • 19dn: UM AND AH: Speak hesitantly, as genial pop, first to last (7, 3 words): HUMAN (genial) + DA (pop) with H (first) moved to the end
  • 20dn: FIESOLE: English well in line for Tuscan location (7): E(nglish) + SO (well) in FILE (line)
  • 22dn: ERENOW: Partners at the table holding dab up earlier (6): E + W (bridge partners) around ONER (dab) reversed
  • 23dn: THRUSH: Mavis, displaying fungal disease, hurts badly – hospital follows (6): *(HURTS) + H(ospital)
  • 25dn: KALPA: A pal’s shattered after end of work – a very long day! (5): *(A PAL) after (wor)K
  • 27dn: RAST: Cur is cut with this, once scratched (4): cur is cut with R as T
  • 28dn: KISS: Bites of — etc melting could show softest bickies (4): *(BITES OF KISS ETC) = SOFTEST BICKIES