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A colourful puzzle from Skipjack where the top and bottom rows spell out the words that form the solutions to seven of the clues.
8 Former leader died coming from middle eastern country (8)
DISRAELI – The abbreviation for died followed by the name of a citizen of Israel.
9 Replace button (6)
SWITCH – A double definition of a word meaning to replace or swap and a button that can be off or on.
10 Revolutionary US soldiers catch Navy SEAL perhaps (6)
SIGNET – Reverse (revolutionary) the plural of a term for US soldiers and follow this with a word meaning to trap or catch. There may be a more complex solution to this as I cannot see the significance of Navy other than someone in the Navy might use one of the seals.
11 See 28
12 Down and dirty (4)
BLUE – A double definition of a word meaning down or sad and dirty or crude humour.
13 Site for putting on party (5)
GREEN – Another double definition, the first being found on a golf course and the second a political party.
15 Republican party doctors do well (2,6)
GO PLACES – The abbreviation for the US Republican Party followed by a word meaning doctors as in spikes a drink.
17 First person imprisoned by officer regarding lawful arrest (7)
CAPTION – The first person pronoun goes inside a short form of an army rank and a word meaning regarding (not RE on this occasion).
20 At a lower point, more east than north in The Wash (7)
BENEATH – A compass direction that is more east than north goes inside another word for a place where you might have a wash.
23 Messenger of god, writer and composer (8)
GABRIELI – The name of the angel who appeared at the annunciation followed by a letter representing the setter or writer of the crossword.
24 Size of board used for dry lining farm building (5)
DAIRY – A size of board or paper goes inside (lining) the dry from the clue
27 This case is quite revolting without question (4)
ETUI – An anagram (revolting) of QUITE without the Q (without question).
28/11 Descartes, having shrugged off setback, becomes religious (6)
SAC/RED – An anagram (becomes) of DESCARTES without the TES at the end (having shrugged of SET – back)
29 Physical young man carries large papers around (6)
BODILY – Reverse (around) the abbreviations for large and identification and put this inside a word for a young man.
30 Colour television covers race in The Time Machine retrospectively (6)
VIOLET – Put the abbreviation for television around a race of people featuring in HG Wells’ story “The Time Machine” and reverse all of these letters (retrospectively).
31 Generalissimos toppled after purging rebellious masses for beliefs (8)
RELIGION – An anagram (toppled) of GENERALISSIMOS after removing the letters (after reordering (rebellious) of MASSES).
1 Quoting auditor’s view at a given time (6)
CITING – A homophone (auditor’s) of sighting (view at a given time).
2 Circular letter published, for example, about fruit (6)
ORANGE – The letter that represents a circle followed by a word meaning published and a reversal (about) of the abbreviation for “for example”.
3 Flower, given space, grew (6,4)
LENTEN ROSE – A word meaning given (as money might be on conditions for repayment), a printer’s space and a word meaning grew.
4 Boring plants doctor paints outside (3,4)
OIL RIGS – A word meaning doctor or engineer something goes inside a word for some types of paints.
5 Unsteady characters regularly took drugs (4)
USED – The odd letters (regularly) of UnStEaDy.
6 Perhaps I ram kerb without this (3,5)
RIM BRAKE – An anagram (perhaps) of I RAM KERB.
7 Bruschetta’s 80% cooked, lied barman (8)
SCHUBERT – … lied is a German form of song. An anagram (cooked) of the first eight letters (80%) of BRUSCHET[TA].
14/21 Couple follows teachings of the church to make amends (6)
REP/AIR – Another word for a couple or two people follows the abbreviation for religious education.
16 Can this shed any real light on delicate flower’s swelling? (10)
PSEUDOBULB – A semi-cryptic definition and straight definition of a type of swelling found on a plant.
18 A club brawl turned into scene of multiple deaths (8)
ABATTIOR – The a from the clue and club used in sports and a reversal (turned) of a word for a brawl.
19 Flat fare from Mexico (8)
TORTILLA – A cryptic definition of a thin type of Mexican food.
21 See 14
22 Notice man returning to scientific establishment (7)
DISCERN – Reverse (returning) the name of a man and follow this by the name of a European scientific establishment.
25 Hip groove of the opening of “Kind of Blue” (6)
INDIGO – A word meaning hip or trendy followed by a word for groove as a verb and the first letter (opening) of “of”.
26 Cowardly snake in the end stabs lowly criminal (6)
YELLOW – The final letter (in the end) of snake goes inside an anagram (criminal) of LOWLY.
28 Self-immolation comes from dissatisfaction (4)
SATI – The answer is hidden inside (come from) DISSATISFACTION.