1. Harden pot around Afghan(1) furnace(2) arrangement(3). (P)ATHAN OR(DER).
6. Country house(2) hop, cad arranging male(3) room for concubines(1). (O)DA CHA(P).
11. Device for counting(1) parasitic plants(2) has one cross by grass amid US wheat(3) (S)OROBAN CHES(S). Chess is a US name for a type of grass. The preamble indicates that the plural ‘Orobanches’ (unexpected because the singular is a Latin genus name) is attested on the Internet – a first for Azed as far as Dr Watson is aware. The minimal packaging is impressive.
12. Backs(2) put off(1) sport(3) emerged tarnished. (DE)TER GA(ME). The tergum is the dorsal part of an arthropod.
14. Military encounters seasonable(3) shower(1), familiar(2). (RA)IN TIME(LY).
15. Mouths(1) taste old-style(3) Italian sauce(2), sugar-topped. (O)RA GU(ST).
16. Tavern(1) customers(3) don’t fear a darn muskrat(2) (F)ONDA TRA(DE).
17. Waste(3) compounds(2) resisted, I manipulated African knife(1). (S)IMI DES(ERT). One of the hardest clues to parse, not helped by the vague definition of IMIDES.
19. Italian moor to raise bridge(3) relating to choral work(2) he’s loved(1). (INAM)ORATO RIAL(TO).
22. Scottish spiders(2) confine(1) fruit bug(3) (the spider act). (T)ETHER CAPS(ID).
28. Clean(1) record formerly(2), pup later gets form(3). (PU)RE GEST(ALT).
29. Grow(1) wolf(2) mouth(3) fangs, i.e. rare magic. (RA)ISE GRIM(ACE). Isegrim or Isengrim is a wolf in the medieval Reynard fable.
30. Catch sight of(1) school(3) bird, Scots(2): Topsy Nelson. (S)PY ET(ON). For Dr Watson the most straightforward of the clues, helped by its shortness and the fairly obvious anagram material, though the grid entry, a Scottish magpie, is still reasonably obscure.
31. Top secret radio edit(3) supplied(2) quickly(1). (PRE)STO RED(ACT).
32. Disease of horses and cattle. NGANA. Solvers will have been relieved to finally enter this solution, and launch the second stage of the challenge. It appears to be a fairly flexible contents word, and time will tell what it can offer clue-writers.
33. Robe(1) sweetheart(3) (single in a way(2)) in love, I mean not knowingly. (KI)MONO VALENT(INE).
34. In feast, nip’s delicate(1) decoction(3), unsuitable(2). (F)INE PT(ISAN).
35. Steer(1) synthetic(3) gamble(2), i.e. pretty lonely. (PI)LOT TERY(LENE).
1. One-time engineer(2), a fellow from Oz, to compress(1) SA plant(3). ASTR(INGE NER)INE (a Strine). Chambers defines Strine as the Australian dialect rather than a person. It’s unfortunate to have a misdefinition, but perhaps less distracting to have it in the subsidiary indication than in one of the parcel’s definitions.
2. Shrew(2), breast laden with large amount, set bounds for(3) disloyalty(1). TREA(SON DELI)MIT (ream in tit).
3. Round grand, choir upset abnormally sensitive(3), kindly Scots tenant(2), bristling(1) HOR(RENT ALLER)GIC (G in anag.). ‘Kindly’ here is an historical term for a Scottish tenant whose family has occupied the same land for several generations.
4. Wintergreen(3)/seaweed(1) ceremony(2) HM discovered in eccentric barony. NO(RI TE)ABERRY (ER in anag.).
5. Petty officer(3), one conducting(2) dark spectral feature(1) in a sailor beset by beaks. RAIN(BAND MASTER)-AT-ARMS (in a tar in rams). An impressively large package, concisely clued.
7. Set(2) pickle(1): it’s essential to extract a line of teeth(3). AC(HAR DEN)TAL (hidden).
8. More than one moulding(3) salad leaf(2) curving inwards(1) – girl has it inverted. CHI(CON CAVE)TTI (chit + it, rev.). Dr Watson’s favourite surface reading, showing what’s possible with ostensibly unrelated words. It helps a bit that ‘cave’ has the same Latin derivation in both ‘concave’ and ‘cavetti’.
9. Liking(2) fibrous(1) border ma removed from Our Lady chapel(3). HEM(PEN CHANT)RY (hem + (Ma)ry).
10. A large body of water left to bespatter(1) perfect(3) meteor(2). AS(PERSE ID)EAL (a sea l). The Perseids are one of the most active meteor showers regularly visible from earth.
13. Oriental(2) skin disease(1), cold sore mostly aia’s given treatment of drug(3)? ROSAC(EA STER)OIDAL (anag. of cold sor(e) aia). An unusual definition of ‘easter’ and a loose-ish one of ‘steroidal’ make this one of the harder clues.
18. To manage a seine, say, download(2) fish food(1), something that clicks(3). COPE(POD CAST)ANET (cope a net).
20. Declare as before(1) some soreness after one’s thrown up little bird(2) meal(3). ASSE(VER DIN)NER (hidden rev.). It’s difficult to interpret the wordplay here because ‘after one’s’ could be read as indicating the A or AS at the start of the solution.
21. Bairn(1) jargon(2) lecherous(3)? It’s tattily garbled. LITT(LIN GO)ATY (anag.).
23. Hound(2), historically tall, one relating to rain(1) like some crosses(3). HYE(TAL BOT)ONÉ (hye one). Botoné is a heraldic term for crosses with knobs on.
24. Entrance(3) Turkish bigwig formerly fed better than(1) Scots shower(2) BEY(OND ING)ATE (Bey ate). This parcel has very obscure contents with only a definition to indicate them, and ‘Turkish bigwig’ offers both ‘bey’ and ‘dey’ as possibilities. One of the last clues Dr Watson solved.
25. Steelyard(1) wine (sweet)(2) spiced sausage(3) twice – I’m turning up. BIS(MAR SALA)MI (bis + I’m, rev.). A clue with hidden depths. ‘Bismar’ is defined as ‘a kind of steelyard’ of Orkney and Shetland. On further investigation Dr Watson confirmed that a steelyard in this sense is a weighing machine. However Steelyard is also the historical site in London of the trading centre of the Hanseatic League, renowned as the source of ‘Rhennish wine’, but possibly also of spiced sausage. The Wikipedia entry asserts that the machine was named after the location, but OED indicates it was probably a proprietary name.
26. Notes abused right of tenant(1) several pints(3) inflame completely(2). EST(OVER GALL)ON (anag.). A package whose contents there was little incentive to identify once the anagram was solved. There are many liquid measures, after all, even though the one here happens to be familiar.
27. Opening bars(2) once smilingly(1) to be off(3), adult fondle mostly follows. AGR(IN TRO)OP (A grop(e)).