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Across
1. Philosopher rejects Vietnamese soup, producing gas (5)
3. A penguin's formal attire (3)
5. Primate's kiss is the greatest success (4)
7. Meet not in extreme Korean clothing (3)
10. Cat woman's counterpart with a cross (4)
11. Feline with spoken connections (4)
12. Weapon behind Norse god's chest (6)
14. Sheffield couple attracted to adult-rated video game, briefly (3)
16. Dynasty villain turns over six elaborate gems (6)
17. Allied opposition has large leaf properties (5)
18. In the middle of an agitated melee, embrace a grammar unit (6)
19. Sedative for Santa between crucifixes (5)
20. Cross the first street after heading to discriminator (6)
21. Chief axiom's secret copy sent by email (1-3)
24. Half-litre cognac makes a light snack (6)
28. Relax at sea to be less strict (5)
29. Headless snake in a heartless curse makes falsehood (4)
32. Genesis follower's emigration (6)
35. 29th Chinese president goes west, is double-crossed (4)
36. Female concealing Wade's adversary sabotaged copier (5)
37. Horse loses shadow to send a document (3)
39. Gas missing nitrogen, with oxidizing second component! (4)
40. Austrian range's last signs of weaponized disease (3)
41. Large single mother associated with a letter (4)
42. Seconds of extremely internationally essential name service (3)
43. Turn next to nothing to operating system (4)
44. Sussex English retreat reveals former lovers (4)

Down
1. Typesetting engine either way (5)
2. Blow out former sleet audibly (6)
3. Drive down the runway, intently leading the charge at the front (4)
4. International body is formerly epicene (6)
5. A man with a smart device (5)
6. Darius and Xander are very small (4)
8. Watch an acting part by an unknown (5)
9. UK resident holds former EU drama (6)
10. Planck and Weber's thousand hatchets (5)
13. Clutching crucifix, Rachel's sister brings up physicist (5)
14. The last, not last, third-to-last hair loss medicine (5)
15. Caramel dessert gets back former colour (6)
20. Turn around hydra's head, multiply hybrid (6)
22. Oddly flag user experience as fake (4)
23. Pixar's choppy practical application (6)
25. Dresden native changes sides for island (5)
26. Head-scratching athlete makes a jump (4)
27. Essential to fix a robot coming up a compound (5)
30. Farm animals are second to none, times square closer north (4)
31. Letter closer's winning line (3)
32. Chromosome in the middle of one altered gene part (4)
33. Make chromosomes for antibiotic (4)
34. Sound effects getting around primary audio port (4)
38. Cut back a quintillion times (3)

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    $\begingroup$ (I see what you did there.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 26 at 14:18
  • $\begingroup$ Wordplay in 37a is backwards, no? [EDITED to add:] Yup, better now. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 26 at 14:31
  • $\begingroup$ @GarethMcCaughan Oops, you're right. Fixed! $\endgroup$ – jafe Feb 26 at 14:33
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    $\begingroup$ @OmegaKrypton All will be revealed when an actual answer is posted (or perhaps sooner). I'm maybe 70% done. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 26 at 14:40
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    $\begingroup$ Also at work, but maybe more shameless about solving at work. Nearly done now. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 26 at 15:03
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XENON    1. Philosopher rejects Vietnamese soup, producing gas (5)
TUX      3. A penguin's formal attire (3)
APEX     5. Primate's kiss is the greatest success (4)
EXR      7. Meet not in extreme Korean clothing (3)
MANX    10. Cat woman's counterpart with a cross (4)
LYNX    11. Feline with spoken connections (4)
THORAX  12. Weapon behind Norse god's chest (6)
FFX     14. Sheffield couple attracted to adult-rated video game, briefly (3)
ALEXIS  16. Dynasty villain turns over six elaborate gems (6)
AXILS   17. Allied opposition has large leaf properties (5)
LEXEME  18. In the middle of an agitated melee, embrace a grammar unit (6)
XANAX   19. Sedative for Santa between crucifixes (5)
SEXIST  20. Cross the first street after heading to discriminator (6)
EFAX    21. Chief axiom's secret copy sent by email (1-3)
PINTXO  24. Half-litre cognac makes a light snack (6)
LAXER   28. Relax at sea to be less strict (5)
HOAX    29. Headless snake in a heartless curse makes falsehood (4)
EXODUS  32. Genesis follower's emigration (6)
IXXX    35. 29th Chinese president goes west, is double-crossed (4)
XEROX   36. Female concealing Wade's adversary sabotaged copier (5)
FAX     37. Horse leaves shadow to send a document (3)
NEOX    39. Gas missing nitrogen, with oxidizing second component! (4)
RAX     40. Austrian range's last signs of weaponized disease (3)
MAXI    41. Large single mother associated with a letter (4)
XNS     42. Seconds of extremely internationally essential name service (3)
UNIX    43. Turn next to nothing to operating system (4)
EXES    44. Sussex English retreat reveals former lovers (4)

XETEX 1. Typesetting engine either way (5) EXHALE 2. Blow out former sleet audibly (6) TAXI 3. Drive down the runway, intently leading the charge at the front (4) UNISEX 4. International body is formerly epicene (6) ALEXA 5. A man with a smart device (5) XXXS 6. Darius and Xander are very small (4) ROLEX 8. Watch an acting part by an unknown (5) BREXIT 9. UK resident holds former EU drama (6) MAXES 10. Planck and Weber's thousand hatchets (5) HAXEL 13. Clutching crucifix, Rachel's sister brings up physicist (5) FINAX 14. The last, not last, third-to-last hair loss medicine (5) FLAXEN 15. Caramel dessert gets back former colour (6) SPHINX 20. Turn around hydra's head, multiply hybrid (6) FAUX 22. Oddly flag user experience as fake (4) PRAXIS 23. Pixar's choppy practical application (6) NAXOS 25. Dresden native changes sides for island (5) OXER 26. Head-scratching athlete makes a jump (4) BORAX 27. Essential to fix a robot coming up a compound (5) OXEN 30. Farm animals are second to none, times square closer north (4) XXX 31. Letter closer's winning line (3) EXON 32. Chromosome in the middle of one altered gene part (4) DOXY 33. Make chromosomes for antibiotic (4) SFAX 34. Sound effects getting around primary audio port (4) AXE 38. Cut back a quintillion times (3) X E N O N T U X A P E X E X R B M A N X L Y N X T H O R A X I H E F F X E A L E X I S A X I L S X L E X E M E X A N A X S E X I S T X E F A X P P I N T X O B L A X E R H O A X E X O D U S N A I X X X X E R O X F A X N E O X O R A X M A X I X N S U N I X Y E X E S

I have to protest about

the Roman numerals; 29 (or 29th) is XXIX, not IXXX.

I confess that I haven't actually checked all the things that look like brand names etc., but they all seem plausible at least :-).

The joke, of course, is

that every answer has an X in it, so they are all cross words.

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  • $\begingroup$ Wow, good job. I guess finding this "joke" helped to find some answers. $\endgroup$ – Rémi Henry Feb 26 at 15:11
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    $\begingroup$ Argh, apparently I've forgotten how numbers work... Didn't even consider looking that up to be sure (facepalm) $\endgroup$ – jafe Feb 26 at 15:13
  • $\begingroup$ @RémiHenry Yes, it was very helpful! (And it also made it possible to consider some things as possible answers that otherwise would have seemed just impossible.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 26 at 15:16
  • $\begingroup$ How did you parse 37 and 41 A? $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Feb 26 at 18:29
  • $\begingroup$ 37 = SHADOWFAX-SHADOW = FAX (Shadowfax being a fictional horse, in The Lord of the Rings); I'm afraid my answer still contains the old version of that clue that had its wordplay the wrong way around, but OP's fixed it in the actual puzzle. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Feb 26 at 19:08
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Good job to Gareth McCaughan. I'm including this answer because I believe in supplying full parsing to a cryptic.

Common Cues in this puzzle

X - Cross, times, multiply, adult (x-rated) gene (also XY) Female (XX) EX - Late, Former

Across

1 Philosopher rejects Vietnamese soup, producing gas (5)

XENOphoN

3 A penguin's formal attire (3)

TUX (Linux Penguin)

5 Primate's kiss is the greatest success (4)

APE+X

7 Meet not in extreme Korean clothing (3)

EXR EXtReme (-m,e,e,t) Korean clothing manufacturer.

10 Cat woman's counterpart with a cross (4)

MAN(X)

11 Feline with spoken connections (4)

LYNX LINKS homophone

12 Weapon behind Norse god's chest (6)

THOR(AX)

14 Sheffield couple attracted to adult-rated video game, briefly (3)

FFX Final Fantasy X

16 Dynasty villain turns over six elaborate gems (6)

ALEXIS SIX ELAborate (turn over)

17 Allied opposition has large leaf properties (5)

AXI(L)S

18 In the middle of an agitated melee, embrace a grammar unit (6)

LEXEME Anagram (agitated) of MELEE + X (in the middle) ??? X is embrace ???

19 Sedative for Santa between crucifixes (5)

X+ANA+X Santa ANA (California Winds)

20 Cross the first street after heading to discriminator (6)

SE + X + I + ST Heading - StackExchange at top of this page. (First Street is I ST)

21 Chief axiom's secret copy sent by email (1-3)

chiEFAXiom

24 Half-litre cognac makes a light snack (6)

PINT+XO (similar to TAPAS)

28 Relax at sea to be less strict (5)

LAXER Anagram (at sea) of RELAX

29 Headless snake in a heartless curse makes falsehood (4)

H(OA)X bOA in HeX

32 Genesis follower's emigration (6)

EXODUS (second book of the bible)

35 29th Chinese president goes west, is double-crossed (4)

XXIX Def: 29, XI goes west, Double Crossed XX ??? In grid as IXXX which caused no end of pain!!!

36 Female concealing Wade's adversary sabotaged copier (5)

XEROX XX -female, ROE vs Wade. (anagram)

37 Horse leaves shadow to send a document (3)

FAX SHADOWFAX - SHADOW* (Horse in Lord of the Rings) Thanks M Oehm!

39 Gas missing nitrogen, with oxidizing second component! (4)

NEOX NEOn + X

40 Austrian range's last signs of weaponized disease (3)

RAX last of anthRAX.

41 Large single mother associated with a letter (4)

MA+XI XI is a Greek letter. Still don't get the definition entirely.

42 Seconds of extremely internationally essential name service (3)

XNS eXtremely iNternationally eSsential

43 Turn next to nothing to operating system (4)

UNIX U-turn + NIX

44 Sussex English retreat reveals former lovers (4)

EXES SusSEX English retreat (backwards).

Down

1 Typesetting engine either way (5)

XETEX (TEX variant, Palindrome

2 Blow out former sleet audibly (6)

EXHALE Ex Hail Homophone

3 Drive down the runway, intently leading the charge at the front (4)

TAXI Intently leading (first letter) , TAX (charge) at the front

4 International body is formerly epicene (6)

UN + IS*+ EX

5 A man with a smart device (5)

ALEX(A*)

6 Darius and Xander are very small (4)

XXXS (characters from movie xXx)

8 Watch an acting part by an unknown (5)

ROLEX ROLE + X (unknown in algebra)

9 UK resident holds former EU drama (6)

BR(EX)IT

10 Planck and Weber's thousand hatchets (5)

M + AXES (Roman numeral M, Max Planck, Max Weber.

13 Clutching crucifix, Rachel's sister brings up physicist (5)

HA(X)EL Rachel's sister was LEAH.

14 The last, not last, third-to-last hair loss medicine (5)

FINAX FINAL -L (not last) + X (third to last letter)

15 Caramel dessert gets back former colour (6)

FLA(XE)N FLAN + EX(back)

20 Turn around hydra's head, multiply hybrid (6)

SP(H)IN +X

22 Oddly flag user experience as fake (4)

FAUX Oddly FlAg UX

23 Pixar's choppy practical application (6)

PRAXIS (Anagram)

25 Dresden native changes sides for island (5)

NAXOS (Greek Island) SAXON (changes sides S <--> N)

26 Head-scratching athlete makes a jump (4)

bOXER Horse jump.

27 Essential to fix a robot coming up a compound (5)

BORAX fiX A ROBot (Since this is a DOWN clue, Coming up is the same as BACK for an across clue)

30 Farm animals are second to none, times square closer north (4)

OXEN nOne X (times) squarE N

31 Letter closer's winning line (3)

XXX Kisses at end of letter, Winning line in Tic Tac Toe.

32 Chromosome in the middle of one altered gene part (4)

EXON X in altered ONE

33 Make chromosomes for antibiotic (4)

DO + XY DO (make) XY Doxycillin.

34 Sound effects getting around primary audio port (4)

SF(A)X Port in Tunisia (a = primary Audio)

38 Cut back a quintillion times (3)

AXE EXA (10^18) back

NOTES:

29 is XXIX, not IXXX which really screwed up the bottom left corner! A bit confused with embrace as X in 18A

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  • $\begingroup$ No real benefit to posting the grid. But it helped solve a few clues. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Feb 26 at 18:28
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    $\begingroup$ Thanks for posting the detailed constructions. For 37, look here. And I think the "single" in 41. belongs to the def and the letter is Greek. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Feb 26 at 18:45
  • $\begingroup$ Still don't get LARGE SINGLE as the def, but the rest makes sense. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Feb 26 at 18:56
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    $\begingroup$ Bit of a flashback to the 80's: :) $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Feb 26 at 18:58
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    $\begingroup$ Aah. I was an album junkie. Didn't buy singles. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Feb 26 at 18:59
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Partial answer

Across

  1. A penguin's formal attire (3)

TUX (tuxedo, tux is the mascot of linux : a penguin)

Down

  1. Sound effects getting around primary audio port (4)

JACK (jack plug)

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