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Daily Exercises in Crisis?

dougkSat, 30/12/2017 - 6:00am

It seems that 2017 had a daily constitutional crisis of one sort or another all year. Divert your mind if you can and cross swords with the New Year's Cove Jumbo Cryptic. It is full of happenings and people that made the news both locally and beyond in 2017 - plus much more to puzzle everyone! Put up a comment if you manage to solve it! Or send us a message.

Clues

Across
1: See 40 across
3:They solicit first preferences in a melee (11)
8: Sam played with tidal team (8)
11: See 14 across
13 & 37 across: ET claim remains hot topic (7,6)
14 & 11 across: Somehow voters say plus (mostly) (6,6)
19 & 49 across: Local reserves get pyramid things rebuilt without it (6,5)
21: See 26 across
26 & 21 across: Using male emu, Cormann produces Mai poll winner (8,6)
28 & 32 across: Somehow, voiceless, I reserve lunch around a 20 August local event (4,4,6)
32: See 28 across
35 & 45 across: His new arrangement? Lull Macron, tumble Shorten (7,8)
37: See 13 across
40 & 1 across: Last year, job abeyancy. Restored now (7,5)
44 & 4 down: Sound precedent states: dotard in plum position (not I!) (6,5)
45: See 35 across
48: Moving? Jackson's first and deathliest movie. (3,4,4)
49: See 19 across

Down
1: Conserves on freeways during holidays? (4)
2: Some achievement for Greek character! (3)
3: Will online shopping affect these remodelled ALP A-Zs? (6)
4: See 44 across
5: Blokes in Balberook and North Arm (5)
6: Whichever, this year has been some epiphany! (3)
7: Nips back to hear 3 across talk  (4)
9: Jerk at the heart of 3 across (3)
10: Sales sometimes on until Eight (5)
12: Some near total setback for battery farm … (5)
15: … it sounds over for Humpty Dumpty and his ilk (3)
16: Highway hole filler? Get from Target ... (3)
17: … some could fill any network (3)
18: We said this to several 3 across in 2017 (5)
20: Counter game to back some more coal mining (3)
22: Signal left out of clue. The cure is not right either (3)
23: Cube can make stock answer: zero! (3)
24: Some shine noise taken off this network material (4)
25: Cut too fine for some Trotski MP (5)
27: 21 across said this to 4 down perhaps? (3)
29: Some former MP shelled out for abalone (5)
30: Well-known writer. Best in class initially. (3)
31: Beside The Doors, these really sound like 1 down. (5)
32: Resin has something lacking (3)
33: 4 down says it will be great (3)
34: Endodontic combo filling lasts for tooth (3)
36: Do this at school, sometimes will earn more later (5)
38: Japanese assassin starts to follow every second Indian perhaps! (5)
39: Sparkle returns with some talc emollient (5)
41: Second person to enter the Bayou (3)
42 and 49 across: According to Council, there'll be none of these in our village (4,5)
43: Unfortunately, a last drink can be too much (4)
44: Where does one find a deer here? (3)
46: Pour it, no pot for a bender (3)
47: Snake in 42 down (3)

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