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1 Tele­vi­sion pre­sen­ters of cur­rent af­fairs… (11) 7 … and earth-based, like a stan­dard trans­mis­sion sys­tem (11) 12 Young hen (5) 13 Ex­am­i­na­tion (4) 15 Ex­plode (5)

16 Bid wel­come (5) 17 Prac­tise box­ing (4) 19 Sur­plus (5) 20 Air­craft shed (6) 21 Demon­strate (4) 23 Vend (4) 25 Medic­i­nal cure (6) 28 Nu­clear plant (7) 29 In­vade (7) 32 Af­ter­wards (5) 33 Awk­ward, clumsy (5)

34 Per­form

surgery (7) 37 Maybe (7)

39 Dog with droopy ears (7) 41 Bray­ing an­i­mal (6) 42 Throng, horde (4)

44 Per in­di­vid­ual (4) 46 Quick nap (6) 49 Cow­boy’s hat (7) 50 Se­cret agent (3) 51 Used to be (3) 53 Wres­tle (7) 55 Small or­chard (5) 56 Hang in the air (5)

57 Go back­wards (7) 58 Haul on a rope (3) 60 Weep (3) 61 Broke free (7) 62 Rough draw­ing (6) 64 Ad­di­tion sym­bol (4) 66 Moral obli­ga­tion (4) 67 Gazed (6)

70 Row of joined houses (7) 71 Cock­erel (7) 73 Coal bucket (7) 75 — Ba­bies, Carnegie Medal-win­ning book by Anne Fine (5) 77 Stroll (5)

79 Army of­fi­cer (7)

81 Rail­way plank (7) 84 Larger (6)

85 A Knight’s —, 2001 me­dieval ad­ven­ture-com­edy film (4)

87 Elec­tronic

bleep (4)

89 Pre­text (6)

91 Tem­pest (5)

92 Fe­male re­la­tion (4) 93 Ir­ri­tate (5)

95 Hon­orary

name (5)

97 Ale (4)

98 On no

oc­ca­sion (5)

99 Fac­tual tele­vi­sion

pro­gramme… (11) 100 … and ad­verts that pay for some pro­grammes (11)

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1 Nick (5)

2 Red hair colour (6) 3 Craggy hill (3) 4 Pro­por­tion (5) 5 Novel seg­ment (7) 6 As­trol­ogy sign fol­low­ing Li­bra (7) 8 Bird of prey (5) 9 Re­gret (3) 10 Planet (6) 11 Truck (5) 14 Shake­spearean poem (6)

18 Grat­ify (6)

21 Curse (5)

22 Silent —, BBC crime

drama se­ries (7) 23 Spire (7)

24 Chuckle (5)

26 Un­able to see (5) 27 Un­metred

lit­er­a­ture (5)

30 Buf­falo (5)

31 No longer

fresh (5)

35 Wed (5) 36 Ten­don (5) 38 Tele­vised con­ver­sa­tion with a celebrity (9) 40 Style of on-go­ing tele­vi­sion drama (4, 5) 43 Pres­surised dis­penser (7) 45 Nun­nery (7) 47 Heav­enly be­ing (5) 48 Con­cur (5)

49 Po­lite form of ad­dress (3) 50 Col­lec­tion (3) 52 Timid (3) 54 Howards —, novel by E M Forster (3)

59 Fret (5) 60 Ar­ti­fi­cial wa­ter chan­nel (5) 62 Per­son­nel (5) 63 Spicy dish (5) 65 Pe­cu­liar (7) 66 Pud­ding (7) 68 Put one’s foot down? (5)

69 Cheaper by the —, 2003 com­edy film star­ring Steve Martin (5) 72 Lack­ing in stature (5) 74 Gen­eral topic (5) 76 On the — of Species, sci­en­tific work by Charles Dar­win (6)

78 Girl’s shirt (6) 80 Tanned hide (7) 81 Hone, whet (7) 82 1978 hit film star­ring John Tra­volta and Olivia New­ton-John (6) 83 Thin tim­ber over­lay (6) 84 Lack­ing flavour (5) 86 Wed­ding cake sec­tion (5) 88 Ex­cel (5) 90 Makes an in­come (5) 94 Mesh (3)

96 Male cat (3)

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