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Across
1. Smoothening the rest of the day? (7)
8. Tune's introduction omitted by exotic Croatian instrument (7)
10. Secretly agree to meet… (5)
13. …and not to be indoors every second (3)
14. Wanting starters? Appetizer? Apple, for example? (4)
16. Listen, know anyone who yearns? Not anymore? (2, 6)
17. Biblical figure is the first in importance, after God (3)
18/21. Apes get small Ford truck abruptly transformed into rocking record-breaker (8,3,11)
24. Die for Caesar, having no final drink (3)
26. Empire's ruler (a Poland native) accepted by no nation's leader (8)
28. Ship's personnel pulling out king from damaged wreck (4)
31. Drink from Mexico's capital used in Peruvian bank note (3)
32. Like Christopher Columbus lacked no proficient navigators (5)
34. As official loses, very loud campaigners essentially become insensitive (7)
35. Glide over snow among some retired people in the Arctic (7)

Down
1. End of line – cross it, making way out (4)
2. Advantage from end game in an extreme way (4)
3. Chilling stuff – Of Mice and Men's opening censored (3)
4. Reliable guide offered to opposition leaders (2-2)
5. Bribe scanal – finalist is ejected from decisive game (3-3)
6. Point out fringe characters (6)
7. Exuberant "Roaring Twenties'" end inside army territory (8)
9. Coward? "Professional" hitman seen retreating (4)
11. Generate crooked shed at cop out (6)
12. Listen up! Join the military (6)
15. Jay-Z's music criticism (3)
18. A river and U.S. state! (8)
19. At first, Incitatus gets mixed up with Queen of Horses (6)
20. Study of light topics at sea (6)
21. Set up plan to get behind the borders of Delaware (6)
22. Odd spill by a queen (6)
23. Travelled by horse, missing introduction to poem (3)
25. Asian people's historical era to progress finally (4)
27. Go back before the French look (4)
29. Five hundred sheets, with the state having destroyed fifty (4)
30. Temples covered in shadow at sunset (4)
33. Hotelkeeper keeping a wild animal (3)

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Grid:

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Explanations:

Across:

1. double def. 8. (CROA(-T)IA)*. 10. substring. 13. iNdOoRs. 14. (-en)TREE. 16. homophone of KNOW plus LONG-ER. 17. EL+I(-mportance). 18/21. APES containing PETITE FORD + TRUC(-k) + INTO*. 24. ALE(-a). 26. A POLE in NO N(-ation). 28. (WREC(-k))*. 31. double def. 32. GE(-no)ESE. 34. ASO(-ff)(-i)CIAL. 35. SKI in SOME<.

Down:

1. (-lin)E X IT. 2. E(n)D G(am)E. 3. MICE minus M(-en). 4. initial letters. 5. PLAYOFF - (-scanda)L. 6. FRINGE*. 7. ROARING* containing (-twentie)S. 9. LEON<. 11. (GENERATE-AT)*. 12. LISTEN*. 15. double def. 18. A R KANSAS &lit. 19. (I+QUEEN)*. 20. TOPICS*. 21. PLOY after D(-elawar)E. 22. S(-p)I(-l)L + VIA. 23. (-r)ODE. 25. (-historica)L (-er)A (-t)O (-progres)S. 27. GO< + LE. 29. REA(-l)M. 30. substring. 33. substring.

Credit where due: PiIsNot3 figured out 25d and 31a.

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  • $\begingroup$ 25D could be rot13(_Y + _N + _B + _F, qrs "Nfvna crbcyr.") 31A might be rot13(n qbhoyr qrsvavgvba) given this and this, but I'm not too sure about it $\endgroup$ – HTM Dec 6 '19 at 2:24
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    $\begingroup$ Duh, you're obviously right about 25d. I think you're also right about 31a; I hadn't known about the beer. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Dec 6 '19 at 2:34

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