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Wild about Spain and Germany banded together? (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

federal

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Here is my best explanation:

'banded together?' is the definition.
The answer and definition are different parts of speech. However, past participle verbs and adjectives sometimes mean the same thing.

'wild about spain and germany' is the wordplay.
'wild' becomes 'feral' ('feral' can be similar in meaning to 'wild'**).
'about' indicates putting letters inside.
'spain' becomes 'e' (abbreviation for Espana).
'and' says to put letters next to each other (I've seen this in other clues).
'germany' becomes 'd' (international vehicle registration code).
'e' put after 'd' is 'de'.
'feral' enclosing 'de' is 'FEDERAL'.

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This clue was last seen in The Telegraph