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Across
1. 1970s blockbuster's 1 down villain (4)
3. Original 1 down's candy store emptied between the 1st of November and the 3rd of January (7)
6. Superior to 1 down, among others, is lost on the battlefield (3, abbr.)
7. 1 down actor from space making comeback with energy (5)
8. Special respect for 1 down's enemy (7)
10. A bit of salt with fish – new way to prepare American speciality? (6)
12. Sheep covered by Homer in Odyssey (6)
17. Resort to hiring tools for 1 down, perhaps (13)
19. Crime lord holding key successor of 7 across, briefly (6)
23. Obstruct running my site (6)
25. (See 29)
27. City in Brazil in possession of commercial electronic equipment (5)
29/25. 1 down creator's men failing horribly (3,7)
30. 19 across's successor's siblings standing by grandmother (7)
31. Hideous beast in Rome? For that reason, looking back (4)

Down
1. Spy's bones broken after troublesome situation occurred, finally (5,4)
2. Which person is possessed by know-how? (3)
3. Jonesy's partner and Native Americans dropped in… (3)
4. …more agreeable French city, north of Rouen (5)
5. Perhaps a TV airing of 1 down is central to clearer understanding (5)
6. Just no money for expensive textile (4)
9. A woman's geographical chart upside down (3)
11. Dissolve and reveal unnatural, twisted secrets (5)
13. 7 across crossing rivers from the south, leading to sense of self-importance (3)
14. "I am holding Ronnie", James is saying (5)
15. Skip introductions to go in at them – love in motion (2,3,4)
16. 1 down production company, for a very long time (3)
18. A couple involved in networking (3)
20. Some fashionable restaurant to be having more capacity (5)
21. Multiplied by 1000 in relationships (5)
22. Sister in cotton underwear (3)
24. Ripped actor named Rip (4)
26. Liquor finally kicking in (3)
28. Like a body part not shown in party (3)

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  • $\begingroup$ Almost done, but I have to compliment you on 17a. Spectacular clue. $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Feb 21 at 14:57
  • $\begingroup$ @ChrisCudmore Thanks! I wad pretty happy how many "themed" answers fit in the grid, even though I had to leave out the most recent entry on the list. $\endgroup$ – jafe Feb 22 at 10:33
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Complete grid is behind the spoilertag. Thanks to @Stiv and @Tom for help with the last few clues. Full disclosure: I did have to do some Googling since I don't know much about [that thing clued by 1 down].

(Should I provide detailed explanations for all the solved clues?)

Favourite clue: 21 down. Honourable mention to 12 across for the nice surface.

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    $\begingroup$ 3 more for you: rot13(6q ZRER (pnfuzrer-pnfu) 11q NAAHY (qvffbyir, onpxjneqf va gur grkg) 15q BA GUR ZBIR (jbeqf jvgubhg svefg yrggref)) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Feb 21 at 10:27
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    $\begingroup$ 10a rot13(funxra - f + unxr + a). 28d rot13(qvt - (fuva)qvt). 31a rot13(bter - retb<). $\endgroup$ – Tom Feb 21 at 10:48
  • $\begingroup$ I've got full parsing for everything but 3a. Partial Parsing: P naq L vafgrnq bs PNAQL, AA sebz gur ynfg ovg. Pna'g trg gur BRE sebz "Fgber Rzcgvrq" $\endgroup$ – Chris Cudmore Feb 21 at 15:17
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    $\begingroup$ @Chris - maybe 3a is con(fectio)nery, removing between the two n's. $\endgroup$ – Tom Feb 21 at 17:17

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