Clues are blue, with definitions underlined. Answers are in BOLD CAPS, then wordplay. (ABC*) means ‘anagram of ABC’. Deletions are in [square brackets]. The blog is in Times New Roman font, as part of a gentle campaign to urge the club site to use a font in which it is easier to tell one’s stem from one’s stern.
1 Medic becoming enmeshed in sex scandal (4)
DIRT – DR and IT twine round each other. Unusual!
3 Use different words for average verbal altercations (10)
PARAPHRASE – PAR (average), A PHRASE (verbally) sounds like ‘affrays’ (altercations).
10 Rather vulgar dons work with affected modesty (9)
PRUDISHLY – RUDISH in PLY.
11 Someone short of time heading off from sports field (5)
TITCH – T (time), [p]ITCH.
12 Tired old couple filling pot (7)
OUTWORN – O (old), then TWO in URN.
13 Inclined to drink wine, not whiskey (6)
SUPINE – SUP, [w]INE.
15 At random, notice a new kind of film (8,7)
ANIMATED CARTOON – (AT RANDOM NOTICE A*). (‘New’=anagram).
18 Court refused to give orders to intelligence agency (15)
INSTRUMENTALITY – INSTRU[ct], MENTALITY.
21 Singer hiding at football match after retirement (6)
LINNET – TEN-NIL would certainly be a hiding. Retiring=write it backwards.
23 One wrongly claiming loan shark hides money (7)
USURPER – P (penny) in USURER.
26 Unlimited time in the past for last phase of cricket? (5)
IMAGO – IM from inside [t]im[e], AGO. Cricket here is an insect, not a ball game.
27 Protected her eldest, snarling (9)
SHELTERED – (HER ELDEST*), ‘snarling’.
28 Symbol of French monarchy surely fled after revolution (5-2-3)
FLEUR-DE-LYS – (SURELY FLED*), ‘after revolution’.
29 Regularly applauds sign of positivity (4)
PLUS – every second letter of a-P-p-L-a-U-d-S.
1 Drops Arab leader of alarming intemperance (10)
DIPSOMANIA – DIPS, OMANI, A[larming].
2 Novelist initially failing to get out of bed (5)
ROUST – decapitating Proust. There was a novelist Parise, but ‘arise’ wouldn’t fit.
4 Chap nearer us oddly entering hole-in-the-wall club (9)
ATHENAEUM – HE (chap), N-A-E-U (nearer us, oddly) all entering ATM.
5 Gulf Times probing idiot (5)
ABYSS – BY ‘probing’ ASS.
6 According to Spooner, catch sight of the female firebrand (7)
HOTSPUR – from SPOT HER.
7 Caught out every time, can't con iconic film director (9)
ANTONIONI – drop all the c’s from -AN’T -ON I-ONI-.
8 Genuine cases of economic hindsight (4)
ECHT – outside letters of E[conomi]C H[indsigh]T. A German word with only four letters seems like an anomaly!
9 Plant first half of mint and second half of sage (6)
MIMOSA – MI[nt], MO (second), SA[ge].
14 Riyadh ends riots in waterless compounds (10)
ANHYDRIDES – (RIYADH ENDS*) ‘riots’.
16 Start hesitating hopelessly after husband leaves (9)
INSTIGATE – (-ESITATING*) ‘hopelessly’.
17 Swindle corporation and see insulting behaviour (9)
CONTUMELY – CON (swindle), TUM (corporation), ELY (see).
19 Dictator's private bitterness (7)
RANCOUR – sounds like (“dictator’s”) RANKER (private).
20 Inanity, initially taken for sharpness (6)
ACUITY – [v]ACUITY.
22 Liking some of Calcutta's temples (5)
TASTE – hidden answer.
24 Danger for every single learner (5)
PERIL – PER (for every), I (single), L (learner).
25 Following outburst, turned up and spat (4)
TIFF – F (following), FIT (outburst).