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1. English ac­tor noted for his roles in tele­vi­sion se­ries in­clud­ing The Fall and Rise of Regi­nald Per­rin, But­ter­flies and As Time Goes By (6)

5. Small fish used to flavour Cae­sar salad dress­ing, Gen­tle­man’s Rel­ish, re­moulade, salsa verde and Worces­ter­shire sauce (7)

9. Maid ______; char­ac­ter de­picted by Mary El­iz­a­beth Mas­tran­to­nio in a 1991 film fea­tur­ing a song by Bryan Adams that spent 16 con­sec­u­tive weeks at the top of the UK sin­gles chart (6)

12. Fur of a species of red squir­rel for­merly used to line coats; also the heraldic rep­re­sen­ta­tion of such in an al­ter­nat­ing pat­tern of blue and white (4)

13. Coun­try with Da­m­as­cus as cap­i­tal (5)

14. In triathlon, the term for the change be­tween dis­ci­plines and the area in which this takes place (10)

15. Herb re­lated to an­gel­ica (6) 16. The cap­i­tal of Venezuela (7)

17. Orig­i­nally dis­cov­ered by Swedish phar­ma­cist Carl Wil­helm Scheele in 1772, the most abun­dant el­e­ment by mass in the Earth’s crust (6)

18. Named af­ter a mytho­log­i­cal Greek wa­ter nymph who was pur­sued by Pan, a set of Pan-pipes (6)

20. Ital­ian di­rec­tor whose re­make of Kurosawa’s samu­rai film Yo­jimbo into A Fist­ful of Dollars cre­ated the spaghetti western genre (5)

22. Dou­ble-edged sword for­merly used by the Scot­tish High­landers (8)

25. Brazil­ian state with the cap­i­tal João Pes­soa (7)

27. Parisian mu­seum that holds the Mona Lisa, Venus de Milo and Winged Vic­tory of Samoth­race (6)

28. Grumpy ___ ___; TV se­ries nar­rated by 1 Across with reg­u­lar con­trib­u­tors in­clud­ing Nigel Havers, Jeremy Clark­son and Rick Wake­man (3,3)

30. Brain­less char­ac­ter in L Frank Baum’s

The Won­der­ful Wizard of Oz (9)

32. An­cient Greek drama­tist known as the fa­ther of tragedy who wrote the Oresteia tril­ogy (9)

36. Small stone made smooth by the ac­tion of wa­ter (6)

38. Ital­ian-born Bri­tish ar­chi­tect who worked on the de­signs of the Pom­pi­dou Cen­tre, Lloyd’s build­ing and Mil­len­nium Dome (6)

39. Co-host of Top Gear who pre­sented the first four se­ries of Brainiac: Science Abuse (7)

42. A mea­sure for tim­ber; a reg­i­men­tal flag; or a song of es­tab­lished pop­u­lar­ity (8)

43. English ver­sion of a stock char­ac­ter de­rived from Ital­ian com­me­dia

dell’arte (5)

44. In­for­mal term for an out­board mo­tor; also in jour­nal­ism, a short phrase lead­ing into the main body of a news story (6)

46. Ac­tress who starred in The Good Life and Rose­mary & Thyme (6)

49. Sen­tence con­tain­ing all let­ters of the al­pha­bet such as: “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog” (7)

51. Brand of por­ta­ble stove used by Roald Amund­sen on his ex­pe­di­tion to the South Pole (6)

52. In knit­ting, a pat­tern or sys­tem of al­ter­nat­ing plain and purl (4,6)

53. A city in the Ar­gen­tine prov­ince of Buenos Aires (5)

54. The ____; since 1885, Bri­tain’s old­est weekly mag­a­zine for women (4)

55. Take a ______ on Me; sin­gle by ABBA re­leased in 1978 (6)

56. One of the hu­man­i­ties (7)

57. French word for duck (6) DOWN

2. Branch of mor­phol­ogy con­cerned with the bod­ily struc­ture of hu­mans and an­i­mals (7)

3. Is­land nick­named the “Pearl of the Caribbean” that was vis­ited by Colum­bus in 1498 (9)

4. Char­lotte _____; tra­di­tional dessert of cus­tard or bavarois en­cased in sponge fin­gers (5)

5. Prim­ula ________; genus name of the flow­er­ing plant also known as moun­tain cowslip or bear’s ear (8)

6. _____ de lune; French for moon­light; a soft bluish-grey colour; or the third move­ment of Claude

De­bussy’s Suite berga­masque (5)

7. Sec­tion of the hu­man body re­spon­si­ble for trans­mit­ting in­for­ma­tion from the retina to the vis­ual cor­tex of the brain (5,5)

8. Re­cip­i­ent of the 1923 No­bel Prize in Lit­er­a­ture (5)

9. Va­ri­ety of brown sugar used to make dishes such as gin­ger­bread and sticky-tof­fee pud­ding (9)

10. The Wind in the Wil­lows char­ac­ter voiced by Peter Sal­lis in a 1980s tele­vi­sion se­ries adap­ta­tion (5)

11. Species of colour-chang­ing lizard (5)

19. Mediter­ranean sail­ing ship (5)

21. Dou­ble-reed wood­wind in­stru­ment for­merly called the haut­bois (4)

22. Form of em­broi­dery used in the Bayeux Tapestry (6)

23. Truly, _____, Deeply; film star­ring Juliet Steven­son and Alan Rickman (5)

24. Scot­tish por­trait painter noted for The Rev­erend Robert Walker Skat­ing on Dud­dingston Loch (7)

26. _______ lights;in the UK, the right to re­ceive day­light (7)

29. ______ Henry; se­ries of chil­dren’s books by Francesca Si­mon (6)

31. Song­bird with melan­cholic call dur­ing au­tumn and win­ter (5)

33. Prime min­is­ter of New Zealand who served from 1999-2008 (5)

34. Genus name of lily of the Nile (10) 35. Nov­el­ist who wrote Beau Geste (4)

37. Or­na­men­tal shoul­der fringe for a mil­i­tary jacket (9)

40. UK prime min­is­ter from 1957-63 (9)

41. Shirt tex­tile with a white weft and a coloured warp (8)

45. Coun­try bor­dered by Colom­bia, Peru and the Pa­cific Ocean (7)

47. Ge­o­log­i­cal di­vi­sion of time (5)

48. In­ven­tor of the dual cy­clone bag­less vac­uum cleaner (5)

49. Area for play­ing cricket (5)

50. Codeword of the Nato pho­netic al­pha­bet be­tween Que­bec and Sierra (5)

51. Don’t _____; catch­phrase from The Hitch­hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy (5)

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