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This is part 46 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own.


Dear Puzzling,

Today I have pre-emptively ticked off a destination from my future to-do list. So when this one shows up on my list a few years from now, I’ll have already visited it and can mark it as done immediately. I like thinking ahead! I have visited a pretty remote island full of thick rainforests, pristine waters, caves and hiking trails. I have had the place pretty much to myself as far as tourists are concerned, so I suppose it’s perfect timing for me. Can you guess where I am?

Love, Gladys.

Empty crossword grid
Solve on Penpa+

Across
1. Murder is wrong (3)
5. Ornate sailing vessel has nothing inside (7)
10. Hurt king in monarchy (6)
12. Agents recovered initial records (4)
13. Cooking our tenth sauce base (4)
14. Lying about a vaccination where Cabo is (4)
16. Rangers, in play, getting wins (7)
20. Turn away as prophet eaten grotesquely (8)
23. (???)
27. For example, David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust", in key of G, exhibited real eccentricity originally, looking back (5,3)
32. At last, long-awaited canopy is unfolding (7)
35. One short and pale (4)
36. Slowly flow westward where animals are kept, then east (4)
37. The supreme among leaders, before the start of Revolution (4)
38. Something to get you going (e.g. nine bananas) (6)
39. Senior is accomplished; acquires money (7)
40. Child of literature and language enthusiasts educates principals (3)

Down
1. Native American is no wise man (5)
2. Robespierre's brother to liberate captured revolutionary chief (5)
3. Normandy town's elected leader is in prison (4)
4. Piece of Jimi Hendrix's axe (4)
6. A thought that's comical (7)
7. King does damage in the studio (3)
8. Hungary's PM's striking down article describing Mars and Venus? (4)
9. Film in which old man transports his house near a mountaintop and black stream (5)
11. Instrument with many mechanical parts (and no AI) buckled under pressure (5)
15. Former sea god seen in a lake (4)
17. Balkaner's ready for Uncle Vanya part (3)
18. Richard from Chicago deprived of right? Oh dear! (3)
19. Maturity – it makes man succeed (3)
21. Give up running, wild one! (3,4)
22. Action perhaps performed by Jack Frost up in 11 down (3)
23. Feature of San Francisco Times describing area (3)
24. Place where Brigham Young brought his followers is a little bit out ahead (4)
25. It protects couples for a queen and king? (3)
26. Russian frontman of the French band in which Trent Reznor plays (5)
28. Rope referenced in Glass Onion? (5)
29. Roman poet's half-hearted observance (5)
30. Concur with American environmentalist, but not entirely (5)
31. Ancient instrument fabulist recounted (4)
33. Advanced upcoming novel, first in trilogy (4)
34. Hard liquor knocked back not far away (4)
36. UK PM no longer in possession of British keep (3)


Gladys will return in Breathe, breathe in the air.

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  • $\begingroup$ I don't understand why Gladys says Obhtnvaivyyr is on her future rather than her current list. I must be missing something…. $\endgroup$
    – msh210
    Dec 13, 2023 at 13:43
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    $\begingroup$ @msh210 I think maybe this is why $\endgroup$
    – juicifer
    Dec 13, 2023 at 13:48
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    $\begingroup$ @msh210 rot13(Fbeel vs gung jnfa'g pyrne. Nf nobir gur vqrn jnf gung fbzr geniryyref yvxr gb xrrc pbhag bs ubj znal pbhagevrf gurl'ir ivfvgrq, naq Obhtnvaivyyr ibgrq gb orpbzr vaqrcraqrag n srj lrnef ntb. Ogj guvf vf ahzore 81 sbe Tynqlf. Naq V fhccbfr vg jbhyq or 81 rvgure jnl fvapr fur unfa'g orra gb CAT orsber. Qbrf gung zrna guvf jvyy or pbhagrq gjvpr bapr/vs Obhtnvaivyyr orpbzrf vaqrcraqrag? Cebonoyl abg. Zna, V'z tbvat gb unir gb nqq znvaynaq CAT gb ure gb-qb yvfg abj, nera'g V?) $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Dec 14, 2023 at 2:02

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Gladys is in:

Bougainville

The completed grid:

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The clues:
Across:

1. Murder is wrong (3)
OFF - ddef

5. Ornate sailing vessel has nothing inside (7)
BAROQUE - O in BARQUE

10. Hurt king in monarchy (6)
SPRAIN - R in SPAIN

12. Agents recovered initial records (4)
REPS - R(ecovered) + EPS

13. Cooking our tenth sauce base (4)
ROUX - (OUR)* + X

14. Lying about a vaccination where Cabo is (4)
BAJA - A JAB rev.?

16. Rangers, in play, getting wins (7)
GARNERS - RANGERS*

20. Turn away as prophet eaten grotesquely (8)
ALIENATE - ALI + (EATEN)*

23. (???)
BOUGAINVILLE

27. For example, David Bowie's "Ziggy Stardust", in key of G, exhibited real eccentricity originally, looking back (5,3)
ALTER EGO - ALT + O(f) G E(xhibited) R(eal) E(ccentricity) rev
(Thanks to @oAlt in comments)

32. At last, long-awaited canopy is unfolding (7)
DAWNING - (long-awaite)D + AWNING

35. One short and pale (4)
ASHY - A + SHY

36. Slowly flow westward where animals are kept, then east (4)
OOZE - ZOO rev. + E

37. The supreme among leaders, before the start of Revolution (4)
TSAR - T(he) S(upreme) A(mong) + R(evolution) - missing &lit?

38. Something to get you going (e.g. nine bananas) (6)
ENGINE - (EGNINE)*

39. Senior is accomplished; acquires money (7)
DOYENNE - YEN in DONE

40. Child of literature and language enthusiasts educates principals (3)
LEE - L(anguage) E(nthusiasts) E(ducates)

Down:

1. Native American is no wise man (5)
OSAGE - O + SAGE

2. Robespierre's brother to liberate captured revolutionary chief (5)
FRERE - R(evolutionary) in FREE

3. Normandy town's elected leader is in prison (4)
CAEN - E(lected) in CAN

4. Piece of Jimi Hendrix's axe (4)
FIRE - ddef

6. A thought that's comical (7)
AMUSING - A + MUSING

7. King does damage in the studio (3)
REX - Wrecks homophone

8. Hungary's PM's striking down article describing Mars and Venus? (4)
ORBS - ORBAN'S -an

9. Film in which old man transports his house near a mountaintop and black stream (5)
UPJET - UP + JET

11. Instrument with many mechanical parts (and no AI) buckled under pressure (5)
PIANO - P + (NOAI)*

15. Former sea god seen in a lake (4)
ARAL - RA in A L

17. Balkaner's ready for Uncle Vanya part (3)
LEV - (unc)LE V(anya)

18. Richard from Chicago deprived of right? Oh dear! (3)
GEE - GE(-r)E

19. Maturity – it makes man succeed (3)
AGE - manAGE

21. Give up running, wild one! (3,4)
LIE DOWN - (WILDONE)*

22. Action perhaps performed by Jack Frost up in 11 down (3)
NIP - IN rev. + P

23. Feature of San Francisco Times describing area (3)
BAY - A in BY
(Thanks to @samm82 in comments)

24. Place where Brigham Young brought his followers is a little bit out ahead (4)
UTAH - (o)UT AH(ead)

25. It protects couples for a queen and king? (3)
ARK A + R + K

26. Russian frontman of the French band in which Trent Reznor plays (5)
LENIN - LE + NIN

28. Rope referenced in Glass Onion? (5)
LASSO - (g)LASS O(nion)

29. Roman poet's half-hearted observance (5)
VIGIL - VI(-r)GIL

30. Concur with American environmentalist, but not entirely (5)
AGREE - A + GREE(n)

31. Ancient instrument fabulist recounted (4)
LYRE - Liar homophone

33. Advanced upcoming novel, first in trilogy (4)
WENT - NEW rev. + T

34. Hard liquor knocked back not far away (4)
NIGH - (H + GIN) rev.

36. UK PM no longer in possession of British keep (3)
OWN - (br)OWN

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    $\begingroup$ 27a is ROT13(gur Nyg xrl, cyhf gur svefg yrggref bs "bs ... rppragevpvgl" (bevtvanyyl) erirefrq (ybbxvat onpx)) $\endgroup$
    – oAlt
    Dec 13, 2023 at 17:00
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    $\begingroup$ I think 23d is rot13(OL (gvzrf, yvxr ubj "ol" fvtavsvrf zhygvcyvpngvba va jbeq ceboyrzf) nebhaq (qrfpevovat) N (nern) = O(N)L) $\endgroup$
    – samm82
    Dec 14, 2023 at 1:35
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    $\begingroup$ Confirming all of the above. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Dec 14, 2023 at 1:43
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks oAlt and samm82. Updated. $\endgroup$
    – fljx
    Dec 14, 2023 at 8:44

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