Times Cryptic Jumbo 1635 – 16 September 2023. Cryptic cocktail party (crackpot laity?)

Hello everyone.  Sorry this blog is a little late.

There are some touches here I thought really neat, for example the exchange at meeting in 33d.  Lots of cryptic definitions, a couple of cocktails (an alternative drink is available in 41d) and a party or two to enjoy.  Thanks setter!