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So, I've built myself a ship. The image shows it from above. (Look, use your imagination, ok?)

With the clues below, try to figure out whether my ship is headed toward the top right or toward the bottom left corner of the image.

enter image description here

Across
2. English city shuns Henry Paisley of musical fame (4)
5. Show off expensive top by Prada, moving foot to the left (6)
7. Battle site's illegal hunter loses track of singer, gets sad (6)
8. Capital's rival top blown up (4 4)
9. Our pilot changed fifth course to capital (4 5)
11. Take dive out of Galician club to city (5)
12. Make sure striking the right number to follow (5)
15. Domino recalled by the twelfth Greek, a prominent Turk (7)
16. Capital gets rid of capital bird (4)
17. Rest of list with messy mush making narrow strip (7)
19. Clock parts from French and Swiss components (5)
20. Looking back, kitten's father is god of death (3)
21. Literary David wants Field's metal (6)
22. Make a mistake in most of Asia's predecessor to tango (6)
23. Chinese cheers began disintegrating in front of medical centre (6)
24. Beggar abandons tavern food item (3)
26. Short naval force's star leader takes a step right (3)
27. Writer's horizontal heart and vertical feet flipped (4)
30. TV network car for hire front to back (3)
31. Clarinetist Stiller close to New York (5)
32. On top of brontosaurus parts (4)

Down
1. Director cuts wood for direction (4)
2. Well done, Italian car (5)
3. Bone research and development switched for Persian king (6)
4. Degrade foundation under central idea (6)
5. Capital physical activity of agony moving head back (4-2-5)
6. Artist spied a library in secret (4)
7. Capital's absurd pin-up creator (4-2-6)
8. Capital harbour wildly sober in shortest month's limits (4 7)
9. Heartless Polish associated with the upper class (4)
10. Go around a nutty tree, carve out heart for girl (4)
11. A club activity setting (7)
13. Close to divine drink with no heart (4)
14. Perform in reverse obscured by sundown (4)
17. Picture a wizard next to a pillar (6)
18. Emergency signal either way (3)
21. Messed-up cube with rights to Ilocano language (7)
25. Close, unfinished valley (4)
28. Santomean preserve's homeless people skinned (3)
29. Head down, light brown insect (3)

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  • $\begingroup$ Can you check your clue against my answer please. Should the clue say 'back to front' instead of 'front to back'? Thanks. $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Mar 15 at 12:26
  • $\begingroup$ @chaslyfromUK "Front to back" is correct. You have the right idea but in reverse :) $\endgroup$ – jafe Mar 15 at 12:27
  • $\begingroup$ But if I move the back of the second thing to the front, I don't get the first thing!!? $\endgroup$ – chasly from UK Mar 15 at 12:29
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    $\begingroup$ Plot twist: The ship’s moving backwards. $\endgroup$ – Krad Cigol Mar 17 at 12:51
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Completed grid (by @Deusovi):

enter image description here

And as is clearly visible,

the top left is the PORT side (the nautical term for left), so the ship must be going toward the top right.

Across


2. English city shuns Henry Paisley of musical fame (4)

BRAD = English city shuns Henry (BRADFORD - (Henry) FORD) Paisley of musical fame (BRAD (Paisley))


5. Show off expensive top by Prada, moving foot to the left (6)

PARADE = Show off (PARADE) expensive top (E) by Prada, moving foot to the left (PRADA -> PARAD)


7. Battle site's illegal hunter loses track of singer, gets sad (6)

POSADA = Battle site's (POSADA) illegal hunter loses track of singer (POACHER - CHER = POA), gets sad (PO-SAD-A)


8. Capital's rival top blown up (4 4)

PORT VILA = Capital's (PORT VILA, Vanuatu) rival top blown up (RIVAL TOP -> PORT VILA)


9. Our pilot changed fifth course to capital (4 5)

PORT LOUIS = Our pilot changed (PORT LOUI) fifth course (S) to capital (PORT LOUIS, Mauritius)


11. Take dive out of Galician club to city (5)

PORTO = Take dive out of Galician club (DEPORTIVO (de La Coruña) - DIVE = PORTO) to city (PORTO)


12. Make sure striking the right number to follow (5)

ENSUE = Make sure (ENSURE) striking the right number (ENSURE - R = ENSUE) to follow (ENSUE) (5)


15. Domino recalled by the twelfth Greek, a prominent Turk (7)

MUSTAFA = Domino recalled (FATS (Domino) -> STAF) by the twelfth Greek (MU + STAF), a (A) prominent Turk (MUSTAFA (Kemal Atatürk))


16. Capital gets rid of capital bird (4)

ERNE = Capital (BERNE, capital of Switzerland) gets rid of capital (first letter) = bird (ERNE, a type of seabird often seen in crosswords) - Thanks @Deusovi!


17. Rest of list with messy mush making narrow strip (7)

ISTHMUS = Rest of list (IST) with messy mush (HMUS) making narrow strip (ISTHMUS)


19. Clock parts from French and Swiss components (5)

HANDS = Clock parts (HANDS) from French and Swiss components - Thanks @Deusovi!

br>20. Looking back, kitten's father is god of death (3)

MOT = Looking back, kitten's father (TOM -> MOT) is god of death (MOT)


21. Literary David wants Field's metal (6)

COPPER = Literary David ((David) COPPERFIELD) wants Field's metal (COPPERFIELD - FIELD = COPPER)


22. Make a mistake in most of Asia's predecessor to tango (6)

SIERRA = Make a mistake in most of Asia's (SI-ERR-A) predecessor to tango (SIERRA in the NATO alphabet)


23. Chinese cheers began disintegrating in front of medical centre (6)

GANBEI = Chinese cheers (GANBEI) began disintegrating (GANBE) in front of medical centre ((MED)I(CAL))


24. Beggar abandons tavern food item (3)

EGG = Beggar abandons tavern (BEGGAR - BAR = EGG) food item (EGG)


26. Short naval force's star leader takes a step right (3)

USN = Short naval force's (US N(AVY)) star leader takes a step right (SUN -> USN)


27. Writer's horizontal heart and vertical feet flipped (4)

ZOLA = Writer's (ZOLA) horizontal ((HORI)ZO(NTAL)) heart and vertical feet flipped ((VERTIC(AL) -> LA)


30. TV network car for hire front to back (3)

ABC = TV network (ABC) car for hire front to back (CAB -> ABC) - Thanks @chasly from UK!


31. Clarinetist Stiller close to New York (5)

BENNY = Clarinetist (BENNY (Goodman)) Stiller close to New York (BEN (Stiller) + NY)


32. On top of brontosaurus parts (4)

ONTO = On top of (ONTO) brontosaurus parts (brONTOsaurus)

Down


1. Director cuts wood for direction (4)

EAST = Director cuts wood ((Clint) EASTWOOD - WOOD) for direction (EAST)


2. Well done, Italian car (5)

BRAVO = Well done (BRAVO), Italian car ((Fiat) BRAVO)


3. Bone research and development switched for Persian king (6)

RADIUS = Bone (RADIUS) research and development (RAD) switched for Persian king (DARIUS -> RADIUS)


4. Degrade foundation under central idea (6)

DEBASE = Degrade (DEBASE) foundation (BASE) under central idea (I(DE)A + BASE = DEBASE)


5. Capital physical activity of agony moving head back (4-2-5)

PORT OF SPAIN = Capital (PORT OF SPAIN) physical activity (PORT?) of (OF) agony moving head back (PAINS -> SPAIN? Not sure)


6. Artist spied a library in secret (4)

DALI = Artist (DALI) spied a library in secret (SPIE(D A LI)BRARY)


7. Capital's absurd pin-up creator (4-2-6)

PORT-AU-PRINCE = Capital's (PORT AU PRINCE) absurd pin-up creator (PINUPCREATOR -> PORT AU PRINCE)


8. Capital harbour wildly sober in shortest month's limits (4 7)

PORT MORESBY = Capital (PORT MORESBY) harbour (PORT) wildly sober (ORESB) in shortest month's limits (M(A)Y + ORESB = MORESBY))


9. Heartless Polish associated with the upper class (4)

POSH = Heartless Polish (POLISH - LI = POSH) associated with the upper class (POSH)


10. Go around a nutty tree, carve out heart for girl (4)

LEAH = Go around (reverse) a nutty tree (HAZEL), carve out heart (LEZAH - Z = LEAH) for girl (LEAH) - Thanks @Deusovi!


11. A club activity setting (7)

PUTTING = A club activity (PUTTING, as in golf?) setting (PUTTING)


13. Close to divine drink with no heart (4)

NEAR = Close to (NEAR) divine drink with no heart (NECTAR - CT)


14. Perform in reverse obscured by sundown (4)

UNDO = Perform in reverse (UNDO) obscured by sundown - Thanks @Deusovi!


17. Picture a wizard next to a pillar (5)

IMAGE = Picture (IMAGE) a wizard (MAGE) next to a pillar (I looks like a pillar)


18. Emergency signal either way (3)

SOS = Emergency signal (SOS) either way (SOS backwards is SOS) - Thanks @Omega Krypton!


21. Messed-up cube with rights to Ilocano language (7)

CEBUANO = Messed-up cube (CUBE -> CEBU) with rights to Ilocano ((ILOC)ANO) language (CEBUANO)


25. Close, unfinished valley (4)

GLEN = Close, unfinished (GLEN(N) Close) valley (GLEN)


28. Santomean preserve's homeless people skinned (3)

OBO = Santomean preserve's (OBO) Homeless people skinned (HOBO - H) - Thanks @El-Guest!


29. Head down, light brown insect (3)

ANT = 29. Head down, light brown (TAN -> ANT) insect (ANT) (3)

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    $\begingroup$ I've been sniped on all my down answers! Good on you for getting them too :) $\endgroup$ – El-Guest Mar 15 at 12:52
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    $\begingroup$ I edited in the rest of the answers and the grid image - hope you don't mind! $\endgroup$ – Deusovi Mar 15 at 16:10
  • $\begingroup$ @Deusovi Oh wow, sure I don't mind! Thanks so much :) I'll give you your due credit! $\endgroup$ – NudgeNudge Mar 15 at 22:04
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Down

  1. Emergency signal either way (3)

SOS [def: emergency signal; sos is a palindrome, thus either way]

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  • $\begingroup$ @CodeBoyCode thanks, but why? $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Mar 15 at 11:56
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Not sure if I should answer or add comment to existing answer. Anyway ...

  1. TV network car for hire front to back (3)

cab (Move the last letter of ABC to the front to get a hire car.)

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Partial

DOWN

a1. Director cuts wood for direction (4)

EASTWOOD - WOOD = EAST.

n2. Well done, Italian car (5)

Well done, and Italian car Fiat, BRAVO.

m3. Bone research and development switched for Persian king (6)

Bone (RADIUS) research and development switched (R&D switched) for Persian king DARIUS.

l9. Heartless Polish associated with the upper class (4)

Heartless Polish (POLISH - centre LI) associated with the upper class POSH.

o28. Santomean preserve's homeless people skinned (3)

Homeless people (HOBO) skinned (-H) yields Santomean preserve OBO.

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