Thematic Puzzle
by Biddle

This puzzle first appeared in a 1993 issue of Old England, a small-circulation magazine published for some regular attenders of the Proms. There are therefore plenty of musical and UK-specific references.

Across answers are of a kind and are clued without definitions. One abbreviation used is in the new edition of Chambers (i.e. the 1993 one) and not the old. Any dictionary will contain some but almost certainly not all of the across answers.

Grid

Across

1 Poke around dirty sort of pit with point. (9)
6 About 480 sheets of paper (5)
9 Taxi with original cover (5)
10 Chew roo and blench (9)
11 Part of safe tampered with (4)
12 Depressed after hand is injured (6,4)
14 Painter engrossed in telegrams (8)
16 Social worker lying in state (6)
19 Five in French dear (6)
20 Race around lake, race to the east (8)
23 French cat after number of lives on the railway (10)
25 Indian area with junction (4)
28 The Italian city founded by the Romans (9)
29 Loop in a straight edge (5)
30 The inspector returns (5)
31 Prom piece, arranged (4,5)

Down

1 Peaceful half of the earth's surface (7)
2 Golden part of comet's path (5)
3 Fruit with a penny off apiece (4)
4 Scratched by rocks moved voluntarily (8)
5 Call nothing up in city (6)
6 Leipzig concert venues where stuff can be bought (10)
7 Take the lid off which conceals Merman (5)
8 Racing driver gets three points in London street (7)
13 Drunken dame I carry from same place as across answers (5,5)
15 Valedictory type of election (3)
17 Mummy who disapproves? (3)
18 Act boastfully when describing 7 or 27 (8)
19 Voltaire's hero did, in grass (7)
21 Severe former model soldiers (7)
22 A good man fills a hole on the lab bench (6)
24 Wound, cruel wound (5)
26 Immature egg with tail-first lion outside reflecting radiation (5)
27 Monarch in charge of Morecambe, for example (4)


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