In algebra, the unknowns x, y and z may represent any number. Unknowns in clue answers are ignored in wordplay and, in ten cases, replaced by numbers in grid entries.
1 British about to take it easy in informal jacket
7 Bacteria, say, not right to be considered fine things
10 I am, regrettably, returning the sausage
12 Transport system will make you scoff
13 Annoying miser OK for a change
14 Licentious times associated with US city
16 For this dessert use ice-cream – and use nuts!
17 Old instruments partly restored, but only partly
21 It measures current American distance (in American style)
23 University course for aspiring politicians head of Department put more into
25 Takes off the bottle one covered in unpleasant spots
26 Greek character in maze (taurine)
28 It’s cheap, tatty, fake
30 Poured and drank to the dregs (though not at first)
34 Dismayed about this positive vote?
35 Worker with one record showing mathematical quantity
36 Lot feeling repressed?
37 A high point in the works
38 Just on-line?
39 Some gazes that will show passion
1 Local ordinance in respect of US city’s well-being initially
2 Fat? A little globular, definitely!
3 Drunkard? Speech lacks the ultimate in refinement
4 Classification putting burden on leaders of office managers
5 Act extremely distant, heading off
6 Behold rises (outgoings)
7 $1,000 gets photos capturing King – that should lead to a race! (two words)
8 Live in perfect religious building
9 28d’s upset the rest
11 Extra rich? Not quite
15 Not suitable for eating after cooking
18 Holy man absorbed by the anima mundi
19 Middle of leg inflamed after upset – apparently bitten
20 Details of machine capacity perhaps a little reduced
22 Quantity of explosive – no splendid thing to turn up
24 Five hundred and one years is some time
27 In favour of keeping poster in art gallery
28 Soft fish suffer the effects of the sun?
29 As a pupil in French, you will need little support
31 Dead tree – blight?
32 Ballet step almost worked
33 A good deal in the possession of Biblical character
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