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No. 667 by Cyclops
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Clues marked * are inspired by 'Blended Families' contributions on our Letters page, and have two parts:
1) a definition of a normal word / phrase
2) [in square brackets] an anagram of the names, either first or last, of two well-known people (some not so well known, perhaps).
The names, entered in the right order in the grid, will sound (sort of) like the answer to the definition. The letter count applies to the grid entry.
Example: * Breakfast item? [CRAB FONDUE] (5,5)
Definition answer = Fried Bacon; grid entry = FREUD / BACON

Across
15 After a drink, make love, old style, leading to engagement (9)
16 Survived a duel, maybe, in Trout's Hotel (7)
17 Almost vexed with penis enhancement, dear? (9)
18 Look married, covered by iPad-processed certificate (7)
19 Intimate and fertile after penis operation (11)
20 Toothy thing responsible for crappy chatter (7)
21 * Fun for kids [OBSCENE, ETC, LAY] (7,6)
22 Not much up top, this bunch of sailors – ignore (4,3)
23 Nosy US agency at large (5)
25 Subjected to a firing on TV and all the sweeter for it? (7)
27 Just like a seafarer to ruin sex – Cyclops is at end of patience (8)
29 * Music festival venue [LEWIS A HIT] (4,5)
32 * Party entertainment? [A KEY RIO RACE] (6,5)
34 Boris's "topping" light musical? (4,4)
35 Love plastic tubes, being thick (6)
38 Act morally and slag off immigrants etc? (2,3,5,5)
41 Stands for election – "boring" – yields the last of the booze? (4,3)
42/49/13 I am sadly more pissed than is necessary to be overambitious (3,3,4)
43 Percy lashes out – he might sacrifice a board member (5,6)
44 Like the bovine bounder, very happy to have scored? (4,3,4)
49 See 42ac.
51 Eden shaking with flu, craving affection? (7)
53 Medical tests showing ex-PM infiltrated by Left before film show (6,9)
54 Openly gay? A hindrance – escape (6)
55 Mabel pissed with the drink, like mummy (8)
56 * Ideal venue for a family row? [A BLOKE, A GENT] (7,4)
59 As an office worker casually bonked US Democrat? (9)
61 One isn't about to cut ex-PM's chief support (8)
62 It is odd, welcoming old politician's comeback – "capital!" (7)
66 LibDem leader stuffs college parrot (5)
67 Room freshener locates focus of stink in cruddy tavern (3,4)
68 * Infantile joke item [IS NO HIGH-UP COW] (6,7)
71 Hold member by hair (7)
73 * Complete rubbish [BOLD, ALL EARS] (6,5)
74 Gove? Claim he's pathetic (7)
76 Prue powerless with canned bananas' stickability (9)
77 Ivanka is, er, sh * t, hosting rulers (7)
78 Cheap car which an evasive politician will give you (9)

Down
1/72 Audio version of Atwood character created by a crafty person? (8)
2 Spotted procurer, topless, cunning (6)
3 Large glass before taking leads from Corbyn hardliners? (8)
4 Stop making out with pendant, stupid! (3,2,3,2)
5 Idiotic tit entering in the manner of fearsome leader (6)
6 Chaotic Tory left wingers introducing syrupy TV fiasco (5-5)
7 Just a plebeian housing fix (6)
8 * Defects [HMM, CORGI'S NUTS] (5,8)
9 Cut sex? Misguided, bad bet (7)
10 About to go on drums etc, recoil (12)
11 Purist Ali feigned having a religious air (9)
12 10% backed No. 10, restricted by the movement (3,5)
13 See 42ac.
14 Drunken peer, fired up inside – treacherous type (7)
21 Cocaine ad – but is about the three Rs? (5,9)
24 Orange lot rounded up by day one (7)
26 Throttle balls in entrance (7)
27 Force grass to seize an opportunity (4,3)
28 Barney gets elected, making a meal of it (6)
30 * Light one up [ER COHORT] (4,4)
31 Nazi rogering he-man is shattered round noon (7,7)
33 Where some Ruhr citizens live, subverting EC basically (2,7)
36 * Something for breakfast? [EDGY GLOBE] (5,4)
37 Tired out, entertaining old hack (6)
39 Undernourished Dicky, Iron Lady's No. 3 (3-3)
40 * Synthetic stuff [TEEN LIAR] (4,4)
45 It should stimulate transport (7)
46 'Love tackle': friend, that requires skilful manipulation (7)
47 Showing impatience, male gets into mucky bath – pathetic (5,2,3,3)
48 A short way, being held by female, to get an erection? (6)
50 Some dreamboat, me – a likely porridge in the making! (7)
52 Uncertain if fireman Lee organised aid (6,6)
56 No arse is profound (10)
57 Apprentice mentioned possessing "attraction" (10)
58 * Anaesthetic [A VAN OK, KEN?] (5,4)
60 Crucial managerial group – its members get depressed (8)
63 Issue a policy to get European Commission on board? That's rather uncertain (8)
64 Sarah Palin starts changing Yale – daughter turned out (7)
65 * Prepare to sail off [I AWAKEN] (3,4)
68 An element of internet shag: having skinny toes (6)
69 Liberal Party's dough (6)
70 'Vicar' uselessly protecting failed high flier (6)
72 See 1dn.
75 Female screw locks up daughter (4)


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