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2. Oddly whirl below a flower (10)
8. Oddly drawn 6 down actor (3)
10. Revive new line with venerable leaders (7)
11. 6 down protects Hong Kong film director (3)
12. Elite school leaders' gathering missing total (3, abbr.)
15. In Tibet, Rothschilds promise to marry (7)
16. US President went after secrets (4)
17. Tall Australian coming from East Midlands' number one university (3)
19. A certain Albert briefly left by himself (3)
23. Legislation of Wales troubled after last bit of justice is lost (4)
25. 26 down actor is kind of blueish (7)
27. Put music performance's scenery to prearranged position (3)
29. City with a famous church and some beautiful mountains (3)
30. Marx accepts silver for setting in 16/7 down (7)
31. Currency recalled immediately (3)
32. 6 and 26 down wore these before girls performed a song (10)

1. A crazy retired man (4)
3. Unopened pieces of medicine for ailments (4)
4. Singer Gardner accompanied by body odour, getting behind line to washbasin (6)
5. Prominent world leader's victories not recalled (7)
6. Leading characters of Elijah Wood making one of 16/7 down (6)
7. (See 16)
9. Less than a dozen left after taxes (3)
13. George's brother's organization involved in The Troubles (3)
14. Native American tribe seen at the end of autoroute (3)
16/7. During The Troubles, police officers captured Ulster extremist group (3,5,8)
18. Ms. Lucia reinterpreted 16/7 down, perhaps (7)
20. LOTR's first film's final part, following introduction of Elijah Wood (3)
21. Wild Llama – new name of musician siblings (6)
22. A famous star is not funny in audition (6)
24. Not large at all, we heard (3)
26. One of 16/7 down is a turkey? (4)
27. Imprisoned by his only child (3)
28. Spirit's last to possess populated place (4)

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    $\begingroup$ Wait, what?! jafe's cryptic crossword?? Is it Friday already?! (Checks calendar...) Sigh... Darnit jafe!! $\endgroup$
    – Stiv
    Feb 4, 2020 at 12:43
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    $\begingroup$ @Stiv Hehe, just keeping you guys on your toes! There's a lot of printer's devilry in next Friday's crossword, so this one is for those who prefer regular cryptics. $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Feb 4, 2020 at 12:51
  • $\begingroup$ ...which will only be posted after the weekend, because like a donkey I forgot to post the next puzzle this morning before leaving on my trip. D'oh! $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Feb 7, 2020 at 6:18

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Wordplay explanations:

2a. WHIRLBELOW*. 8a. D(-r)A(-w)N. 10a. (LINE+VEN(-erable))*. 11a substring of 6d. 12a. SUMMIT minus SUM. 15a. substring. 16a. substring. 17a. E(-ast) M(-idlands) U(-niversity). 19a. ALONE minus AL. 23a. *WAL(-e)S)*. 25a. BLUEISH*. 27a. quadruple def. 29a. substring. 30a. AG in CHICO. 31a. WON<. 32a. SUN + GLASSES.
1d. A + MAD<. 3d. (-p)ILLS. 4d. AVA + BO after L. 5d. WINS + TON<. 6d. EL(-ijah) + WOOD. 9d. I guess TEN<, though "left" for a down clue is odd. 13d. Brother of George Gershwin. 14d. (-autoro)UTE. 16/7d. THE BOTHERS containing BLUES, containing (-ulste)R. 18d. MSLUCIA*. 20d. L(-otr) + (-fil)M after E(-lijah). 21d. (LLAMA N)*. 22d. homophone. 24d. homophone. 26d double def. 27d. substring. 28d. T + OWN.


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