Gi­ant Ge­nius Cross­word

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Three un­clued en­tries (one con­sist­ing of three words, and two con­sist­ing of two words each) are names of char­ac­ters in a sea­sonal 31D. Each of the seven words of these names de­fines or is de­fined by one of the other un­clued en­tries. The 31D’s tit­u­lar char­ac­ter’s des­ig­na­tion ap­pears in one row and should be high­lighted.

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Across

8 Icon’s en­ergy, with sec­ond dance, not good (5)12 Dec­o­ra­tion not out of or­der around year’s end with style (8) 13 Belief in force los­ing height (5) 14 Artist be­side rail­way cap­tur­ing ap­peal, show­ing un­com­mon qual­ity (6) 15 Present sol­dier with news­pa­per (4) 16 When caught, fin­ish climb (6) 18 Base novel on big French ar­ti­cle (7) 20 More jovial judge be­fore row (8) 21 Se­abirds, num­ber in dif­fi­culty, all around (7) 22 Pro­jec­tion in line with hon­our (4) 23 Dis­torted ver­sion of ship’s name (9) 25 Truce groups de­clared (3) 26 Great­est in Utah, doc­tor and saint (6) 28 Fes­tive el­e­ment avoided by cop­per (5) 29 Sound di­rect in speech (6) 31 Counter al­most empty (3) 33 Se­vere cold in air and on ground (9) 38 Some mis­chief around card game (4) 39 Re­cruits in street in or­dered lines (7) 42 Oc­cupy one with new rou­tine (7) 44 As­sis­tant in Rus­sia iden­ti­fied (4) 46 King and most of coun­try keep­ing uni­ver­sal cus­tom (6) 47 Bread soft and dry in one area (5) 48 Note about non­sense by man in court (8) 49 Tree in a small en­clo­sure (5) 50 New trend hobo hated, get­ting ag­i­tated (3,3,8)

Down

1 Fish I snared at sea (7) 2 Grim rust on a ne­glected sports car (4,7) 3 Stalk about with ed­i­tor (4) 4 Set of things for sale mak­ing for­tune (3) 6 Rich cake eaten by com­mer­cial worker? (8) 7 Uni­form time af­ter end of an­other track (3) 10 Danc­ing judge ter­ri­bly trite and an­noy­ing (13) 11 Jok­ers in short end­lessly un­der pres­sure with grades (10) 17 Raised is­sues, omit­ting noth­ing, about right text (6) 18 Fridge com­part­ment? Punch un­der that is keep­ing cold (6) 19 One who’s lit­tle seen in ex­otic habi­tat (4) 24 Chance to speak, for ex­am­ple (3) 25 Ex­pert care con­serv­ing rocky dales in bliss­ful re­gion (8,4) 28 Chief dis­miss­ing one fel­low (3) 30 Amer­i­can wagon in a cor­ral raid dam­aged (8,3) 32 Pol­ish up on study, show­ing re­spon­si­bil­ity (6) 34 Firm hook de­signed with pur­pose for kitchen (9) 36 Trees he climbs at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals (4) 37 Ace among artists work­ing for em­press (8) 45 Stylish pipe down be­low river (4) 47 In favour of re­sis­tance, di­vid­ing work up (3) 48 Ex­pres­sion of sur­prise, tri­umph be­ing an­nounced (3)

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