A Puzzle by Jaffa
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1 Anagram laden solution for the cost of joint membership (2,3,3,1,3)
AN ARM AND A LEG – An anagram (solution) of ANAGRAM LADEN.
10 Fine detail of Union between Michigan and Iowa (7)
MINUTIA – The abbreviation for the National Union of Teachers between the state codes for Michigan and Iowa.
11 Terpsichorean spinner? (7)
WALTZER – Cryptic definition of someone who spins whilst performing a type of ballroom dance.
12 See 18
13 Healthy breakfast has organ playing at Californian venue (7)
GRANOLA – An anagram (playing) of ORGAN before the abbreviation for Los Angeles (Californian venue).
14 Auntie’s boss holds nothing against support for change of direction (6)
DOGLEG – The abbreviation for Director General (the head of the BBC (Auntie)) includes the letter representing nothing with these letters followed by a three-letter word for a support.
16 Pirate, somehow marred, has buried gold (8)
MARAUDER – An anagram (somehow) of MARRED includes (has buried) the chemical symbol for gold.
18/12 Abel on the boundary at Lord’s? (5,3)
THIRD MAN – Double definition, the first being a reference to the book of Genesis and the second a cricketer.
20 Teacher with disgruntled air collecting books (5)
RABBI – An anagram (disgruntled) of AIR includes the abbreviation for books (twice as books is in the plural).
21 French town needs insurance for its bondsmen (8)
VILLEINS – The French word for a town followed by a three letter abbreviation for insurance.
23 Wordsworth’s daffodils past unlimited herbaceous perennials (6)
HOSTAS – A description used by Wordsworth to describe a field of daffodils followed by the inner letters (unlimited) of past.
24 Hard work for Virginia hiding in shadow (7)
TRAVAIL – The state code for Virginia in a five-letter word meaning to shadow or follow.
26 The entry-level equipment initially needed for 14 (3)
TEE – The initial letters of the first three words of the clue.
27 Broadsheet and tabloid liaised haphazardly (7)
DAILIES – An anagram (haphazardly) of LIAISED.
28 Swot up about king and knight ending (7)
RELEARN – A two-letter word meaning about followed by a tragic Shakespearean king and the abbreviation for knight.
29 Church meeting for deranged grandees only (7,5)
GENERAL SYNOD – An anagram (deranged) of GRANDEES ONLY.
2 Undercover agent has hidden message about Japanese leadership (5)
NINJA – A four-letter word for a hidden message around the first letter (leadership) of Japanese.
3 Explanation for a national riot is disturbing (15)
RATIONALISATION – An anagram (disturbing`) of A NATIONAL RIOT. IS.
4 Couple who have faith in East London (4,3,3)
ADAM AND EVE – Double definition, the first being the couple in the Garden of Eden and the second being the Cockney rhyming slang (in East London) of believe.
5 Girl always heading west (4)
DAWN – Cryptic definition for a girls name by reference to sunrise that always heads west.
6 Perfumed flower girl from part of Wales (4,2,3,6)
LILY OF THE VALLEY – How you might described a girl from Wales.
7 Lazing immature lion is disturbed – it’s massively large! (9)
GAZILLION – An anagram (is disturbed) of LAZING LIO [immature = not complete lion).
8 Travel after French friend to see pal over the border (5)
AMIGO – A two-letter word meaning to travel after the French word for a friend.
9 Boat paddle regularly used for force (7)
BRIGADE – A four-letter word for a boat followed by the even letters (regularly) of paddle.
15 Three person score we hear — original thinking is needed (10)
TRILATERAL – A homophone (we hear) of TRY (score) followed by a seven-letter word describing original thinking.
17 Surprising extract of marjoram bush in garden (9)
AMBUSHING – The answer is hidden (extract) in the final four words of the clue.
19 Plants Middle-earth’s ogres keep concealed (7)
ORCHIDS – The name of the Middle earth monsters in the Lord of the Rings includes (keep) a three-letter word meaning concealed.
22 Fifth attempt to design old kite (5)
PLANE – Split 4,1 this would indicate the fifth design of something.
25 Total amount besieging old mission (5)
ALAMO – The answer is hidden (besieging) the first two words of the clue.
26 Odd test answer limits ruler (4)
TSAR – The odd letters of test followed by the outer letters (limits) of answer.