A Puzzle by Jaffa
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Welcome welcome back back to to Jaffa Jaffa.
Pressed for time this week having stepped in at short notice to preach at two services, so a bare bones review.
1 E-learner regularly has two grand for a seasonal treat (6,3)
EASTER EGG – The direction whose abbreviation is E followed by the even letters (regularly) in learner and the abbreviation for grand twice.
6 Puff cigarette (5)
WHIFF– Double definition.
10 My progress report on first primer is laid on thickly (7)
IMPASTO – Split 2,4,1, this is how the letter P (first primer) may describe itself.
11 Reversing Renault has article essential for the Tin Man’s release (6)
OILCAN – Reverse a four-letter name of a model of Renault car and follow with an indefinite article.
12 City car going to and fro (5)
CIVIC – The name of a model of Honda car that is a palindrome (going to and fro).
13 Film partridge? Angry Birds perhaps (5,4)
VIDEO GAME – A five-letter word for a type of film followed by a four-letter word describing the type of bird of which a partridge is an example.
15 Confidante for girl with no inhibitions (4)
AIDE – A six-letter word for a girl without the first and last letters (no inhibitions).
17 Glum comic desperado needs limitless lubricant down under for Riverdance (4,6)
BLUE DANUBE – A four-letter word meaning glum followed by the three-letter name of a separate comic character and an Australian term (down under) for a lubricant without the first letter (limitless).
18 Church censer, said to be found on the dashboard? (3,7)
REV COUNTER – The solution could be someone who acts against a reverend person.
20 Smell, declared by Speaker, to emanate from those in opposition (4)
NOES – A homophone (declared by speaker) of NOSE (smell).
22 Couples in court have final decrees after terminal allocation (9)
TRAMLINES – The last letter (final) of decrees after an anagram (allocation) of TERMINAL.
23 Verse audible from dove employing helium’s comedic effect (5)
HAIKU – A homophone (audible) of HIGH COO (the sound a dove may may if it had inhaled helium).
26 Article following trail of the Khyber Pass tribesman (6)
PATHAN – The indefinite article (again – see 11a) after (following) a four-letter word for a trail.
27 Cheat in golf in a Gleneagles round (7)
FINAGLE – The answer his hidden in third to fifth words of the clue.
28 Aztec burial regularly provides a means of passing over (5)
ZEBRA -The even letters (regularly – again – see 1a) of the first two words of the clue.
29 Eastender and ‘is missus flirt (9)
PHILANDER – The first name of one of the Mitchell brothers from Eastenders followed by the AND from the clue and how a Cockney might describe his wife.
2 Excuse offered when five hundred leave and one joins improvised speech (5)
ALIBI – Remove the Roman numeral for 500 from a five-letter word for improvised speech and add the letter representing one at the end.
3 To drink hard regularly, holding nothing back, will be the main news (7)
TOPLINE – A four-letter word meaning to drink hard on a regular basis includes (holding) a three-letter word meaning nothing reversed (back).
4 Welsh flower or cake? (4)
RUSK – How the River Usk might be abbreviated.
5 Distinguished man held in reserve when the shooting begins (8,7)
GLORIOUS TWELFTH – An eight-letter word meaning distinguished followed by the number of a reserve player.
7 I maybe, find information following good sign (7)
HALOGEN – A three-letter word for information after (following – again – see 26a) the sign of a holy person.
8 Story about hitman in Paris is incendiary (9)
FLAMMABLE – A five-letter word for a story around (about) a three-letter word meaning hit and the abbreviation for Monsieur (man in Paris).
9 Door rates are outrageous to see these horsemen (9)
TOREADORS – An anagram (are outrageous) of DOOR RATES.
12 Orchard infusion? (3)
CHA – The answer is hidden (infusion) in Orchard.
14 Priestly remissions of sins so lacking in cleansing (9)
ABLUTIONS – An eleven-letter word describing priestly remissions of sins without (lacking) the SO from the clue.
16 One, anti-beer, is confusingly drunk (9)
INEBRIATE – The letter representing one (again – see 2d) followed by an anagram (is confusingly) of ANTI-BEER.
19 Organic musty repellent found in transport carrying member to the House (7)
CAMPHOR – A three-letter word for a type of transport includes (carrying) the abbreviations for a member of parliament and for house.
20 Gentian distillation produces drink without mixer (4,3)
NEAT GIN – A anagram (distillation) of GENTIAN.
21 Reportedly prosecute for 0.05F (3)
SOU – A homophone of sue (prosecute).
24 Midland university using energy to trap fish (5)
KEELE – The abbreviation for kinetic energy includes (to trap) a three-letter word for a slippery fish.
25 Rank film, totally uncensored, is quite blue (4)
ANIL – The inner letters (totally uncensored) of the first two words of the clue.