April 26th, 2020

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Mephisto 3112 - "Europe he saw, and Europe saw him too!"

This was quite an easy one, for a Mephisto, and I solved it in about 50 minutes without having to consult any reference material.   Unfortunately, a slight ambiguity in a clue lead to a wrong answer, as I confidently substituted 'aya' for 'nursemaid' in the cryptic, without thinking that 'aia' is also possible.   Such are the dangers of solving Mephisto without book, so I ended up with a single incorrect letter.

Both the vocabulary and the range of allusions should be well within most solver's ken, and I don't expect to see any mistakes from those who check their work as they go.    Of course, I never know whether when something I consider obvious will be obscure to other solvers, but if you have a good general education you shouldn't have too much difficulty.  

Across
1 Predict a feeling of annoyance, getting hit hard (7)
BETHUMP - BET + HUMP, the hump you have to get over.  The be- intensifier was common in early modern English.
6 A distinctive flavour ultimately lacking in jelly (5)
ASPIC - A SPIC[e].
10 The French into making money, offering modern form of education (9)
E-LEARNING -  E(LE)EARNING.
11 Old physician with a particular mineral (6)
GALENA - GALEN + A.   As a boy, I had a set of samples of various minerals, and 60 years later I still remember the distinct feel of galena.
13 Trip in which sailor is given drum (6)
TABOUR - T(AB)OUR, the drum that goes with the pipes.
15 Dish of beef king cast aside (4)
FLAN - FLAN[k].  This word can also mean a lie in 18th-century slang, watch out for that.
16 Something dim about agent getting nothing right in inaccurate account (9)
MISREPORT - MIS(REP + 0 + R)T.
17 Artist wants food and drink — a bit of a nerve is that? (6)
RAMEAL - R.A. + MEAL   A 'rameal' nerve is one that branches off, a meaning not given in most dictionaries.
19 Greek characters participating in street assembly (4)
ETAS - hidden in [stre]ET AS[sembly].
20 Royal’s no leader — equivalent to a famous writer (4)
EGAL - [r]EGAL   The literal is a bit obscure - perhaps someone's quirk of speech?
22 Handle cattle in shed, half having escaped (6)
SNEATH - S(NEAT)H[ed].   More often spelt 'snath', the handle of a scythe.
24 Strange car boot sale disposing of old books — and fish! (9)
ALBACORES -  Anagram of CAR BO[ot] SALE, where the Old Testament is given the boot, so to speak.
26 Operating system that’s “superior” leading to nothing (4)
UNIX - U + NIX, a write-in for all you sysadmins out there - no need to grep for it!
29 In rack, loose seed (6)
NICKAR - anagram of IN RACK.   Seeds of the warri tree, to be precise.   The word also refers to a water-spirit, familiar to those who  read Beowulf in Anglo-Saxon before they took up Unix.
30 First sign of organ 11 reconstructed (6)
ANLAGE - anagram of GALENA, the embryonic form of an important bit of the body.
31 Nursemaid hides male offspring in trees (9)
ADANSONIA - A(DAN,SON)IA, my one failure.  More commonly called baobabs.
32 Place to stay, no small house with huge aim (5)
TELOS - [ho]TEL + OS, the stock Attic Greek word for end or goal.  
33 Big car has little girl with huge appetite (7)
LIMOSIS - LIMO + SIS.   An obsolete word that is obvious from the cryptic.
Down
1 Muslim female started getting short with male (5)
BEGUM - BEGU[n] + M.  Apparently equivalent to 'madam' or 'lady' in English.
2 Novel metallic seat having a charming quality (12)
TELESMATICAL - anagram of METALLIC SEAT.  Related to talisman, so not charismatical on the telly...although you might have gotten to the answer that way. 
3 Pigment of drug-injected meat (4)
HAEM -  HA(E)M.   The pigment that makes blood red.
4 Weight used by Greeks — or Minoans, oddly (4)
MNAS - M[i]N[o]A[n]S.   A Semitic word adapted by the Greeks, it was both a weight and a unit of 100 drachmas.
5 Hapless and holy, the husband being ditched needing shelter (7)
PITEOUS - PI + T[h]EOUS.   Although the meaning of 'theous' is obvious, it is not attested in the OED, so it may occur only in certain dictionaries PI(T[h]E)OUS, there, that's more like it. 
6 Stream from a hilltop descending on farm (9)
ANABRANCH - A + NAB + RANCH.   Nab is a northern and Scottish word.    An anabrach is a stream that leaves a river and rejoins it later on.
7 Workers to be organised in pairs later on (12)
PROLETARIANS -  anagram of PAIRS LATER ON.
8 Lizards wandering in Nicaragua avoiding vehicle (6)
IGUANA - Anagram of NI[car]AGUA. 
9 In one corner of England having little growth is hard (7)
CORNISH - CORN IS H.
12 Song of heretical nationalist being rejected (4)
ARIA - ARIA[n].
14 Acts as tutor to member of aristocracy wearing hippy accessories? (9)
BEARLEADS - B(EARL)EADS.  
17 Sort of number — manage it to secure record (7)
REPUNIT - R(EP)UN IT.   A base-10 number that consists only of 1, as 111 or 1111.
18 Candid written accusation artist penned (7)
LIBERAL - LIBE(R.A.)L, with an older meaning of candid.
21 Concrete holiday home occupied by a Parisian (6)
GUNITE - G(UN)ITE. 
23 Sheep’s offspring brought up on grass primarily (4)
TEGG -  GET upside-down + G[rass], more often spelt 'teg', common in puzzles but uncommon elsewhere.
25 Garden clippers not right for trees (5)
SHEAS -  SHEA[r]S, the vitellaria tree.
27 Fellow on island offers facility for prayer (4)
MANI - MAN + I, a prayer wheel.
28 Reserved and haughty female being put off potato (4)
ALOO - ALOO[f].