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In response to popular demand, here's another Jumbo puzzle. It's also a thematic and I have written about my motivation for the theme on the solution page.

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Asterisked clues are thematic and lack definitions.

ACROSS
*1 New Conservative Party's first act of parliament (9)
*6 What the big bad wolf did about the French? (10)
12 Gush, as captivated by Woolf novel (7)
13 Consequence of Grant eating old bread (9)
14 Castles in the air? (5)
16 Tom's had on Henry taken in (5)
*17 Loaf around in motor yacht (6)
18 Imprisonment in hole without exercise by inhumane leader  (9)
20 Wild bear on run I captured in flight (8)
*22 Bridge player follows card game (5)
23 Gag about old lady in second contest (7)
26 To run off to island with partner is justified (10)
*28 Spooner's to ward off car thief (5,6)
30 High notes? (5)
32 Worked on farm collecting a herd around North Carolina (7)
34 Female maintains nobody's paid for religious festival (9)
35 Unusual sort with high IQ's endlessly cheerful (5,4)
*36 See 43
37 Having no Ecstasy, handed out a bit of pot? (5)
39 Fashionable cult associated with Welshman; at first Adrian Mole is a member of this group (11)
41 Vigour needed to take on strange rituals of Christian doctrine (10)
*44 Dry fuel's hopeless without gas (7)
46 Extravagant roué reformed, taking time (5)
47 Everlasting torment ultimately sustained by wicked (8)
50 Become known for revolutionary new paintings on part of church (9)
53 Grafting, living off immoral earnings first off (6)
54 Tea's announced I am getting fish or chicken (5)
57 One loathes half-hearted, mad person at party (5)
58 Finish off casserole or a thick stew with vegetable (9)
59 Student left with chance to make money (7)
*60 Fabulous creature on the way in, we're told (10)
61 Finish extra large hairdo with tissue (9)

DOWN
1 Relation of Nelson wanting house (5)
*2 Very ancient city backing Troy (9)
3 He's in the rag trade (7)
4 Scene of Passover festival? (6)
5 Familiar piece of music in Copenhagen, maybe (8)
6 Sound of orchestra lacking heart (4)
7 Anyhow I care about husband wearing fur with coolness  (9)
8 Don't start to misbehave in store (3,2)
9 Leave one to make decision (5)
10 Where to get spray for lice, 50% off, is High Street? (7)
*11 In New Orleans we will meet Yankee (3,7)
*15 Python's way of makin' progress on the radio? (9)
19 Involving tragic death, Catholic ascends to a bishop's throne (8)
21 Insider trading finally punished with special severity (9)
23 Part of flower may flourish without a stream of light overhead (3,6)
24 Cuts restricting old firm in Jersey and Guernsey perhaps (3-4)
25 Smell fish that's beside the point (6)
27 Sickliness shown by exceptionally 54 boy, right? (9)
29 Counsellor's article on sex offender (9)
31 One may wax it with enthusiasm (7)
*33 English painter mostly enthralls Western society (8)
*34 I have it! A place to write the answers! (6)
*35 Money to throw away (9)
*38 Silent role editor shortly revised (10)
40 In conflict none stood alone (2,4,3)
42 A struggle to confront serious change of opinion (5-4)
*43,36 Island region including Rocky Mountains (7,8)
45 Clergyman nets a pile (7)
*48 Run head to tail (7)
49 Irishwoman gives function publicity (6)
51 Dismisses retrogressive printing style (5)
52 Middle Eastern terrorists gaining counter-intelligence? (5)
55 Note going to and fro (5)
56 Cliff Richard's No 1 follows jazz style largely (4)

Solution to Crossword 45