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I first noticed that because and which confirmed my suspicions. And the more images I was able to get, the more my suspicions were confirmed. Now of course, the groups are This is just purely ...

Gareth McCaughan got the answer first and got his answer accepted (upvote him too!), but I will be the one to supply the deductions: Chapter I. The Basic Deductions Chapter II. Expansion from the Top ...

We can actually get pretty far using simple deductions, and for this reason I will not be detailing them. (I missed a few other deductions once again-- I only noticed them near the end of solving.) ...

I think I got it. The idiom we are looking for is: :00 To start, Next, The second hint implies that Doing this for each pair of countries gives Taking the first letters and putting them together ...

I believe this is the intended solution. (Black lines are part of the loop, while red lines were deduced not to be.) Here's how I did it (I got lucky because of the assumptions I did):

Those seem to be So choose

These are and the answers are:

I'm thinking it is since I still don't know how to explain the title, though.

The answer to Morten's question is: We can observe that I initially guessed to be Daniel's specialist subject, but now I believe that it is instead

The Top The Middle Left and the Two Down Under The Bottom Right, and Finishing Off the Twos

The number of characters in the text But that is not yet final. Therefore

The answer: The solution (KPK already solved by Omega Krypton but imma add my thought process here still):

The completed grid: Across Down

Completed! (Thanks to @user70451 and @Stiv...) The clue explanations:

For the last set, About the yet unsolved, I have completely no idea.

(Thanks @Stiv for shedding light on 8D :) ) I am sure Gladys's last destination is: I believe Gladys stopped by at these locations: Completed grid: Clues, answers, and explanations: Across Down

[Edited to reflect changes made in the question] The completed crossword: Clue explanations: Across Down This time, Gladys visited There were three things unclear to me, but those were answered by ...

@Glorfindel found the first and last letters of the Product Code™, but sadly he did not notice that In the case of broccoli, Therefore, we shall mark the broccoli with the Product Code™ However, ...

Forgive me for editing my answer for the umpteenth time. With that said, the theme here is The clues: It took ages before I could finally solve a Cryptic Family Reunion™ puzzle! Nice tricks overall.

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[Edit: Fixed formatting of answers] Completed grid: Across clues Down clues Where Gladys is, and what the thematic entries are:

I have gathered answers for everything except number 3. Edit: Never mind, I think eyl327 got all of them now.

The longest I could find was However, I am unsure of two things: Methodology: At this point,