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Posted by Simon Harris on August 19th, 2012

Simon Harris.

This generally went quite smoothly, though I did have to check 29ac and 8dn before being confident enough to write them in. A careless slip at 30ac made 27dn unsolvable until my mistake was rectified.

*=anag, []=dropped, <=reversed, hom=homophone, cd=cryptic definition, dd=double definition.

Across
1 JACK-IN-THE-BOX – very clever dd.
9 SCHTOOM – CH in MOOTS<.
12 PIRAI – PI + RAI. Raï is a traditional style of music from Algeria.
13 HET UP – HE + TUP.
15 HAGGISHH + [w]AGGISH.
16 NIMES – Tracy EMIN< + S.
18 YOGI – YO + G.I.
19 ANNOUNCED – (N + OUNCE) in AND.
21 NEGOCIANT – (ONE ACTING)*.
22 SOSS – S.O.S. + S.
24 TUTEE – UT in TEE.
25 EPICURE – E.P. + I CURE.
28 ROARSR + OARS.
29 ROWEN – (NEW + OR)<.
30 BARYTES – BAR + ([tha]T in YES).
31 ELEMENTALISM – (ALIENS MET) in ELM*.
Down
1 JAPONAISERIE – (IN AIR IS ONE) in JAPE.
2 ASININE – SIN in [m]AINE.
3 KHAN – [cler]K HAN[dling].
4 NOTHINGARIAN – (AGAIN IN NORTH)*.
5 TOBACCOHEART – CABOT< + ((O + HEAR) in CT). John Cabot in the navigator in question.
6 ELEGY – LEG in EY[e].
7 OPUS – 0 + PUS.
8 XIPHISTERNUM – XI + P + ((I + STERN) in HUM).
10 TISSUEST + ISSUES.
11 ETIOLATE – LOITE[r]< + ATE.
14 AMNESIAC – (MAIN CASE)*.
17 SECTARY – SEC + (A in TRY).
20 ONENESS – NENE in O.S.
23 SCRAMS + CRAM.
26 POOL – dd.
27 ROTL – ROT + L.

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