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BYLINE TIMES CROSSWORD #12set by Dr DivaOctober 2021

Across

  11  Scrooge prone to pilfering coins? (5,7)

  12  Online threads about state of Nigeria nearly reach a conclusion (8)

  13  Idiot can return card (6)

  14  Memory of what pervert did with coat on the wrong way round? (9)

  15  Curse boisterous behaviour over the phone (4)

  16  Not the first porky partner (5)

  18  Hear that a cry of encouragement for Mrs Blair causes awkwardness (9)

  20  Malign gunmen are lying about finishing off small company (5)

  23  Move in (or out) for all-consuming fellow (8)

  24  Priest from Lancashire town abandoned expelling organisation (12)

  26  Impressive, using the same clever shape at the beginning (10)

  28  Nothing novel in history is liked at first (5)

  30  Special feature opens with Carrie’s original point (4)

  31  Inspire Nick (4)

  32  Entertainer talks from the heart still (5)

  34  Healthy? Labours badly with no oxygen and debts (10)

  35  Fail to turn up at a Harvester (4,1,7)

  37  Diminutive American sweetheart accepts indignation of follower (6-2)

  39  Group of mates sit drinking a spot of sangria (5)

  41  Rod’s lighter upright (9)

  42  Growth of live Tchaikovsky excerpts (5)

  45  Head of security retrospectively paid for check (4)

  46  Ring papers after saying extraordinary things to European, perhaps (9)

  48  Ruler initially calls a little insurrection “perfectly honourable” (6)

  50  Communist leader involved in Asiatic unrest is a serious pain (8)

  51  Organs of naked Kurds found in empty hallway. Runner from the East drops dead (5-7)

Down

    1  Dregs from battered drum I use (8)

    2  Article’s up-to-date again (4)

    3  Rancour caused by depression in the London area (5)

    4  Not possible to remove expert holding up fine, broken clock (12)

    5  Hear about divine Greek mum? (4)

    6  Church’s pillar reconstructed using ad hoc crane (10)

    7  Cynical film (8)

    8  Particular people chosen at yesterday’s opening (5)

    9  Record crowd causing blockage (6)

  10  Nausea bug is rampant across one African republic (6-6)

  17  Told to boycott town hall in Calais as a way of keeping the heat on (4-5)

  19  Cloth made by theatre group in vacant cafe (5)

  21  Red-faced flier’s to sell rockets around Germany? Proceed with caution! (9)

  22  Invoice a pipe leading to Aussie backwater (9)

  25  Utter disrespect of Algiers taking in this French criminal (9)

  27  Doctors hit on new form of dentistry (12)

  29  Not all festivals provide time off (4-8)

  33  Physical shape of leading troll almost starts to antagonise perfectly harmless yaks (10)

  34  Solution? Line up to dine outside (5)

  36  Maybe Rita erasing opening episode, in particular, is prophetic (8)

  38  Not available, having been captured (8)

  40  Computer-generated activity – one Antonio Negri originally linked to monkeys (6)

  43  Second misdemeanour hampered stuff (5)

  44  Small quail caught by hunt (5)

  47  Turn up with soldiers to get monster (4)

  49  Swimming pool without a cover? (4)