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Note: Six of the clues are printer's devilry with thematic answers.

Across
1. Grandson to Isaac Newton, son to filmmaker Barry (8)
5. Selling a product of ale? Sue for a higher price (6)
9. Sport follower entertained by an awfully tired racing driver (8)
10. Showered, readin' comic (6)
11. Particle destroying a cat (3)
12. You and Lizzy running to get opening frame in football club, which is not an exact science (5,5)
14. First, um, is a pleasant savoury taste (4)
16. Perhaps used to being thrown out (6)
19. Gal ioned his detractors (7)
22. New luxury IP hates ruler, purchased (7)
23. Freezing street in its present condition (6)
27. After the wart, hear my bat: Tai's broken up (4)
28. Representative of Maradona accidentally having both feet cut, sliced by singer (10)
31. A degree of affliction eradicated in Swazi capital (3, abbr.)
32. Group of 25 down – what is translated from Italian to Spanish? (6)
33. Having gotten intravenous injection, tell others the ending to White Noise (8)
34. Prominent Marxist's unfinished legend about the entrance of Soviets (6)
35. Visitors of "Exodus" author being surrounded by small children (8)

Down
1. Prof. Gale breaking up children's game (8)
2. Five jazz insiders holding you in Germany's capital (5)
3. Poor trainee, dying in secret (5)
4. No point being spoilt for choice (6)
6. Some preferred American cheese (4)
7. Headless 18 down protects leading groups (9)
8. Grotesque – Daily News' primary typeface (6)
10. Massive flyer for Republic of China's leaders (3)
11. An English Tex man is Ed (5)
13. Spot components of Nazi tanks (3)
15. Use plant regularly, leading to altercation (4)
17. Secretly following doing wash up (9)
18. A man's electric car (4)
20. Bogey man seen near a city in Italy (5)
21. Illegitimate rulers initially under pressure, perhaps losing backer (8)
24. Ignore men, Lady Lovelace (3)
25. Overused trope: an undead creature in ice, without its head (6)
26. Language perceived at first as hot mess (6)
28. Lincoln, Nebraska beheaded prisoners (3)
29. Cut grass back at any time (5)
30. Day of defeat's beginning for Islamic State, missing top fighter (5)
31. Think about cliff in Scotland (4)

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Grid:

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The p.d. answers are all

felids.

Wordplay explanations:

Across:
1a. LEVI (grandson of biblical patriarch Isaac) + N + SON.
5a. pd. "...of a lesser value for...".
9a. (-spor)T in AN TIRED*.
10a. READIN*.
11a. ATOM minus A.
12a. ULIZZY* + O(-penin)G in FC.
14a. pd. "First up, umami's...".
16a. USEDTO*.
19a. pd. "Galileo pardoned...".
22a. pd. "New luxury car a Caliphate's...".
23a. ST AS IS.
26a. P AS HOT*.
27a. pd. "After the war, the army battalion...".
28a. MARADO(-na)* sliced by BASS.
31a. MBABANE minus BANE.
32a. CLICHE with CHE -> QUE.
33a. IV in SHARE + (-whit)E.
34a. LEGEN(-d)* around S.
35a. URIS surrounded by TOTS.
Down:
1d. PROFGALE*.
2d. V + (-a)AZ(-z) containing DU.
3d. Substring.
4d. O + POINT*.
6d. Substring.
7d. (-e)VAN + GUARDS.
8d. DAILY* + N(-ews).
10d. R() O() C().
11d. pd. "An English text I Germanized", I guess?
13d. Substring.
15d. (-u)S(-e)P(-l)A(-n)T.
17d. DOINGWASH*.
18d. E+VAN. (Is a VAN really a CAR?)
20d. PAR + M + A. But bogey is one over par, isn't it?
21d. U + PRESSUR(-e)*.
24d. MADAM without its Ms.
25d. LICH in (-i)CE.
28d. Substring.
29d. (-gras)S + EVER.
30d. D(-efeat) + (-f)OR IS.
31d. Double def.

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  • $\begingroup$ Oops, forgot to actually enter one answer in the grid. Will fix. [EDITED to add:] Now done. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 3 at 13:18
  • $\begingroup$ Re: 20d, I though they're synonyms in this sense, but maybe I've misunderstood? I'm not familiar with that game at all. $\endgroup$ – jafe Apr 3 at 13:20
  • $\begingroup$ Huh. I hadn't known that the rot13(fpbevat flfgrz) was known by both those names. Today I learned something. (Actually, two things; I hadn't known rot13(FUVINERR), which I guessed on the basis of rot13("punevinev") which I did know.) $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 3 at 13:38
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Grid:

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The printer's devilry theme is:

cats: lion, tiger, serval, caracal, puma, leopard

1 Grandson to Isaac Newton, son to filmmaker Barry (8)

lev + in + son??

5 Selling a product of ale? Sue for a higher price (6)

pd: selling a product of a lesser value for a higher price

9 Sport follower entertained by an awfully tired racing driver (8)

(spor)'T' contained by 'an' and 'tired' anagram

10 Showered, readin' comic (6)

'readin' anagram

11 Particle destroying a cat (3)

'atom' without 'a'

12 You and Lizzy running to get opening frame in football club, which is not an exact science (5,5)

F.C. surrounding 'u' and 'lizzy' anagram with 'og'????

14 First, um, is a pleasant savoury taste (4)

pd: first up, umami's a pleasant savoury taste

16 Perhaps used to being thrown out (6)

'used to' anagram

19 Gal ioned his detractors (7)

pd: galileo pardoned his detractors.

22 New luxury IP hates ruler, purchased (7)

pd: New luxury car a caliphates ruler purchased

23 Freezing street in its present condition (6)

st. + as-is

27 After the wart, hear my bat: Tai's broken up (4)

pd: After the war, the army battalion is broken up

28 Representative of Maradona accidentally having both feet cut, sliced by singer (10)

'marado'(na) anagrammed containing 'bass'

31 A degree of affliction eradicated in Swazi capital (3, abbr.)

'mbabane' - 'bane'

32 Group of 25 down – what is translated from Italian to Spanish? (6)

'cliche', with che -> que

33 Having gotten intravenous injection, tell others the ending to White Noise (8)

'share' containing IV, with (whit)E

34 Prominent Marxist's unfinished legend about the entrance of Soviets (6)

'legen' anagrammed + 's'oviets

35 Visitors of "Exodus" author being surrounded by small children (8)

'tots' surrounding 'uris'

1 Prof. Gale breaking up children's game (8)

anagram of 'prof gale'

2 Five jazz insiders holding you in Germany's capital (5)

fiVe and jaZz containing 'uda'???

3 Poor trainee, dying in secret (5)

hidden: traiNEE DYing

4 No point being spoilt for choice (6)

o (none) + 'point' anagrammed

6 Some preferred American cheese (4)

hidden: preferrED AMerican

7 Headless 18 down protects leading group (9)

(e)'VAN' + 'guards'

8 Grotesque – Daily News' primary typeface (6)

'daily' anagrammed + 'N'(ews)

10 Massive flyer for Republic of China's leaders (3)

initials of 'Republic Of China'

11 An English Tex man is Ed (5)

pd: an English text I germanised

13 Spot components of Nazi tanks (3)

hidden: naZI Tanks

15 Use plant regularly, leading to altercation (4)

take every other letter from 'use plant'

17 Secretly following doing wash up (9)

'doing wash' anagram

18 A man's electric car (4)

'e' + 'van'

20 Bogey man seen near a city in Italy (5)

bogey -> 'par' + 'm' + 'a'

21 Illegitimate rulers initially under pressure, perhaps losing backer (8)

'U'(nder) + 'PRESSUR'(e) anagrammed

24 Ignore men, Lady Lovelace (3)

????? Lady Lovelace = Ada

25 Overused trope: an undead creature in ice, without its head (6)

????

26 Language perceived at first as hot mess (6)

'P'(erceived) + 'ashot' anagrammed

28 Lincoln, Nebraska beheaded prisoners (3)

hidden: nebraskA BEheaded

29 Cut grass back at any time (5)

(gras)'S' + 'ever'

30 Day of defeat's beginning for Islamic State, missing top fighter (5)

????

31 Think about cliff in Scotland (4)

double definition

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  • $\begingroup$ I feel like I've solved enough to warrant an answer. If that's not the case, feel free to tell me. $\endgroup$ – Lanny Strack Apr 3 at 13:04
  • $\begingroup$ I'm (I think) a couple of minutes away from a complete independent solution. [EDITED to add:] Of course I haven't looked at your answers, and won't until I'm done or have given up. $\endgroup$ – Gareth McCaughan Apr 3 at 13:10
  • $\begingroup$ Oops, didn't notice there was an error in 7 down until now (should be "groups", not "group"). Sorry about that! $\endgroup$ – jafe Apr 3 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ You're only missing one clue, right? 39 down. Definitely enough to warrant an answer :-) $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Apr 3 at 13:13
  • $\begingroup$ @Randal'Thor - I don't have some of the full explanations, tho. $\endgroup$ – Lanny Strack Apr 3 at 13:15

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