2003 Independent Easter Jumbo

ACROSS

13           Unpleasant space – everyone retreating in Welsh town (8)

14           Finished with steering device in swamp (9)

16           Elementary stuff – but absolutely splendid gossip! (5,3)

17           Key worker in Emperor’s employ? (5,5)

18           Caught chasing the Grail, possibly – not being this, presumably (9)

19           Thin bar hurled into the empyrean (6)

20           Lecturer dismissed from post to attempt verse (6)

21           It’s no longer the way to produce newspapers (5,6)

23           Very active small creature concealing swishing tail (8)

24           The German turned in recipe swathed in creamed rice – the latest thing in Paris (7,3)

26           Skyline (or a contributor to it, at least) (8,8)

28           A sign chaps associated with love (4)

30           Make sure the points in your essay are clear (9)

32           Not an accurate description of dripping? (9,3)

34           Modern muse prompting piece of music? (8)

35           High-ranking soldier taking a moment to provide cover for scar (9)

36           Surrender before G&S’s twists (8)

38           Respiration breeds aspiration? (5,6,4,6,4)

40           Fellow’s inclination to participate in a song (8)

41           Disoriented miler runs into the lake (9)

43           A form of life after death? (8)

44           Taking in a girl that’s upset one Italian accepts love (12)

47           Unpleasant behaviour when points are snatched by bridge partners (9)

48           Island feasible to be included in current area (4)

49           What’s new among various champion breeds, right? (8,8)

53           I note sailor eats in, cooking not being present (2,8)

56           ‘Introduction of cheap rubbish into fashion house’ – one brooks no argument (8)

58           Military operation described as “bugging”? (4,7)

59           Naked relative not all there and forgetting name (6)

61           Shakespearean’s weapon (6)

62           Beer – actor drunk after swallowing one by chance (9)

64           Shed light on one involved in multi-lane pile-up (10)

65           Cleric, following promptings of the flesh, embracing girl (8)

66           Historic currency business organised from part of South America (9)

67           Ancillary area, an article rejected by café (8)

DOWN

1              Extremely tired, working with little energy as a unit? (3-2-3)

2              Attractive bloke? No hint of hope – not free (6)

3              Sudden illumination about motorcycle races’ ending in tragedy – a puncture (4,4)

4              Important parent has to ditch first partner (11,5)

5              I take in disrupted cities with a number following socialist structures (12)

6              Cover again article linked to chapter in curious lore (8)

7              Irish politician, washed up before time (2,6)

8              Satisfied, having turned up sticks (4)

9              One finds record’s about to be brought in complete (10)

10           Little lake engulfing a second small mammal (6)

11           Secluded bit of ground – is tree replanted in that? (10)

12           Publication: ‘No trouble rearing flower’ (8)

15           Having a supremely secure legacy, as much as one hopes? (4,3,4,4,2,3,5)

22           In a position to score? (9)

25           New armouries losing leader will become places of retreat (9)

27           This ‘spinner’ organised training appointments (11)

29           Short trips not taken by down-to-earth types? (9)

30           Display of stars: chart a Greek character I reckon tossed up (11)

31           Reaching the throne – a lot of enthusiasm – charged matter (9)

32           Timid girl almost captured by agents before middle of mission (9)

33           Fish one river working with bent piece of metal (5,4)

36           Reform search for garden parasites? (4,4,1,3,4)

37           Original American club has imported what French article? (9)

39           Shopkeeping industry passing on information (9)

42           Inverted expression of pleasure about one country’s removals (12)

45           I record bird in the altogether showing clumsiness (10)

46           Sailor – no marine – a friend in an odd way (10)

50           One trap in exam covered by showing creativity (8)

51           Begins rising, taking in core of clouds – such as low flat clouds? (8)

52           Tape again, in middle of fret about one of the strings? (8)

54           Close friend bandying about ‘me’ and ‘us’ a lot (4,4)

55           Privy to receiving start of play – not much drama? (8)

57           A skill almost completely evident under canvas (6)

60           Recent cycling headquarters? (6)

63           Still tied (4)

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