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Puzzle explanation

The filled grid with bars marked is shown here. The circled cells contain the letters of “origami”. Extra letters in down clues spelt out “cut along diagonals” and “staircase”; those from across clues gave “valley fold dashes, mountain fold dots”. The grid could thus be folded into a model of the Silver Sandal nightclub’s staircase, up which Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers danced in the 1936 musical Swing Time.

Clue explanations

Conventions: * = anagram, < = reversal

Answer Explanation [extra letter]
Across
SARABAND BAND after [V]ARAS <
OKRAS SAR[A] < after OK
IDEAL A[L]LIED *
EVER C[L]EVER − C
TSUBA (CUB − C + [E]ATS) *
ALAR AL + RA[Y] <
URINAL [F]URL around (IN + A)
INLY [O]NLY after I
VET VA[L]ET − A
IMPLANTS [D]IM + PLANTS
GATS GA[D] around ST <
EATS ([A]T SEA) *
TEGG (E + G) in [S]TG
ALOO [H]ALO + O
TITIS TI + TI[E]S
ORDERS OR + DRE[S]S *
ASWING [M]A’S + WING
TIMER TIER around M[O]
SAIS [U]S + AIS
GEES G + SEE[N] <
OLEA [T]EA after OL(d)
CLAD (A + D) after C[A]L
DISMASKS MAID’S * + SK[I]S
RAN RANDA[N] − DA
EBON BE[F] < + ON
PANINI PANI[O]NI(c)
NIGH ([L]ASHING − AS) *
ALNUS (UNLOA[D]S − O) *
RANI [D]INAR <
WONGA W[O]O + (AG + ’N’) <
TEEMS TES[T] around ME <
GINGAL GIN + LAG[S] <
Down
SILVER RELI[C]S < around V
REALIST [U]REA + LIST
ALARMIST MIST after [T]ALAR
ANDVILES VAND[A]LISE *
ORAL [L]OR(e) + A + L
RUING RUIN + G[O]
ABLATOR LAB * + [N]/A + TO + R
SAY-SO AY in [G]OSS <
ERUPTING (PIG TURNE[D]) *
TSETSE T[I]E around SETS
TEAT ET < + A + T[A]
AGO AGO[G]
GRISSINI (SI + SIGN[O]RI) *
ALEE [N]ÉE after LA <
IWIS [A]I + W(allaba) + IS
SALABLE SABLE around A[L]L
GEM ([S]M + EG) <
TEAING EA[S]ING after T
MISKNOWN WONKS < in MIN[T]
REAR [A]REA + R
SANDAL SAN + LA[I]D <
SCEAT SCAT around [R]E
ADIEUS (I [C]AUSED) *
LOGGING L[A]G around OGGIN
DONNÉ (N + [S]) in DONE
PARS PARS[E]
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