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  • 1ac: COBBY: Local’s lively, and evasive about books (5): COY around BB (books)
  • 5ac: MAMMOCK: Mother has to ridicule old-fashioned mangle (7): MAM (mother) + MOCK (ridicule)
  • 10ac: OLEAGINOUS: Like a toady, using love deviously behind e.g. privets (10): OLEA (privet genus) + *(USING O (love))
  • 12ac: CLEGS: Clubs introducing entertainment, not how they’ll sting you! (5): C(lubs) + LEG-SHOW (entertainment) - HOW
  • 13ac: DRAIN: What’ll fill it after start of downpour? (5): D(ownpour) + RAIN (what’ll fill drain) &lit.
  • 14ac: PROCINCT: Nothing replaces energy in US copshop, being prepared as of old (8): PRECINCT - E(nergy) + O (nothing)
  • 15ac: SEELY: Good old foxy gobbling bits of eviscerated eirack (5): SLY (foxy) around E(viscerated) E(irack)
  • 16ac: HAKAM: A king embraced by patriarch’s son, a Hebrew sage (5): HAM (patriarch’s son; ref. [Ham]) around A K(ing)
  • 18ac: HARD AT IT: Art I’d worked on in e.g. Leghorn, very busy (8, 3 words): *(ART ID) in HAT (e.g. Leghorn)
  • 22ac: COLLEGER: Pass Latin, English and German as assisted pupil at Eton (8): COL (pass) + L(atin) + E(nglish) + GER(man)
  • 24ac: TRUSS: Selection of citrus slices to skewer for cooking, say (5): ciTRUS Slices
  • 25ac: KVASS: What’ll get Slovaks drunk – this, with none left? (5): comp. anag. KVASS + O (none) + L(eft) = *(SLOVAKS) &lit.
  • 28ac: STICKIES: Adhesive labels to mark off, i.e. when put in steamer (8): TICK (mark off) + IE in SS (steamship)
  • 29ac: LARUS: Seabirds gone astray in Urals (5): *(URALS)
  • 30ac: RIGEL: Shackle that’s released on backing for big star (5): LEG-IRON (shackle) - ON reversed; ref. Rigel
  • 31ac: TRIATHLETE: Versatile competitor, worn-out, ’ealth broken internally (10): TRITE (worn-out) around *(EALTH)
  • 32ac: MICELLE: Group of chains one found in front of dungeon in Middle East (7): I (one) + CELL (dungeon) in M(iddle) E(ast)
  • 33ac: KASHA: Porridge as served in nameless eastern inn (5): AS in KHAN (Eastern inn) - N

  • 1dn: COCKSHOT: Aunt Sally with a high temperature after piles (8): COCKS (piles) + HOT (high temperature)

  • 2dn: OLLIE: Winter sport manoeuvre? Flipped badly in what involved gambling (5): ILL (badly) in EO (old gambling game) reversed
  • 3dn: BEEZER: Piece of cake, second to last? A cracker for Jock (6): BREEZE (piece of cake) with R (second letter) moved to last place
  • 4dn: BAGEL: Roll keeping a long time in barrel (5): AGE (long time) in BL (barrel)
  • 5dn: MICROTOMICAL: What’s funny about joke after I’m upended preparing for a slide? (12): MI (I’m upended) + COMICAL (what’s funny) around ROT (joke)
  • 6dn: ANDOUILLETTE: Sausage, ‘netted’, all in bits? Certainly French will tuck into that (12): *(NETTED ALL) around OUI (fr. “certainly”)
  • 7dn: MURIATE: Without speaking about it, look up ‘archaic chlorine compound’ (7): MUTE (without speaking) around AIR (look) reversed
  • 8dn: CHICANE: Church accepts this Roman article as a bit of trickery (7): CE (Church) around HIC (lat. “this”) + AN (article)
  • 9dn: KANT: Turn on edge one knight captured by another (4): A (one) N (knight) in KT (another [knight])
  • 11dn: SANKO: Guitar went low – nothing lower (5): SANK (went low) + O (nothing)
  • 17dn: MARSILEA: Water ferns, strain that SA rodent devours (8): SILE (strain) in MARA (SA rodent)
  • 19dn: AIR TAXI: Nine main apartments put up offering chopper for hire? (7, 2 words): IX (nine) ATRIA (main apartments) reversed
  • 20dn: DISCURE: Cruised at sea to learn old-style? (7): *(CRUISED)
  • 21dn: QUIRT: Whip Bunter’s rear, cutting leave (5): (bunte)R in QUIT (leave)
  • 23dn: GANGES: River crews rounding end of course (6): GANGS (crews) around (cours)E
  • 26dn: VOILA: Palm-fringed island, look (5): VOLA (palm) around I(sland)
  • 27dn: SIETH: In time it’s the end of the noose for this old bushwhacker? (5)
  • 28dn: SLIM: Rarely crafty general reduced line in feigned situation (4): L(ine) in SIM (feigned situation); ref. William “Bill” Slim