Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28634
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Good morning from South Staffs on another grey day.
A rather trickier puzzle from Giovanni this week, I thought, with both religion and some less common words to add to the General Knowledge required – though the wordplay will always lead solvers to the solution.
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5a Intuitive feeling when eating a piece of venison? (6)
HAUNCH – An intuitive feeling or premonition wrapped around A (from the clue).
8a Showered in one rudimentary building behind toilet (8)
LAVISHED – Put together an informal term for a toilet, the Roman numeral for one, and the sort of rudimentary building where the garden tools may be kept.
9a Female author and daughter confronting disorderly crowd (7)
DRABBLE – Daughter followed by a mob or disorderly crowd.
10a Agree to change, being keen (5)
EAGER – Anagram (to change) of AGREE.
11a Gossiping gent, I rant when put out (9)
NATTERING – Anagram (when put out) of GENT I RANT.
13a Stuff for sale, good deal, in northern town (8)
STOCKTON – The stuff a trader holds for sale, followed by an informal word for a good deal or lots, giving us a town at the other end of the railway line from Darlington.
14a Frown as underling finally put down (6)
GLOWER – The last letter (finally) of underlinG, followed by ‘put down’ (on the ground).
17a There’s minimal effort to get this drink imbibed … (3)
ALE – Hidden in the clue.
19a … it being drunk in country location (3)
LEA – The ellipsis shows that this clue is linked to the previous one, and ‘it’ here is the answer to 17a. Make an anagram (being drunk) of that answer.
20a One of the Angry Young Men, intellectual by the sound of him (6)
BRAINE – The author of Room at the Top has a surname which may suggest he is an intellectual or a boffin.
23a Bird is beginning to tweet for e.g. birdwatcher (8)
HOBBYIST – A small falcon (Falco subbuteo) followed by IS (from the clue) and the first letter of Tweet.
26a Belong as a troublesome person keeping jaunty (9)
APPERTAIN – A (from the clue) and a way of describing a troublesome person (usually followed by ‘in the neck’: other parts of the anatomy are available), placed either side of a word for jaunty or cheeky.
28a Bit of a flight in best aircraft (5)
STAIR – Hidden in the clue.
29a Message I have brought to young lady (7)
MISSIVE – A form of address for a young lady, followed by the contracted form of ‘I have’.
30a Somehow barren and tragic female kept outside dance (8)
TREELESS – The eponymous heroine of a Thomas Hardy novel, wrapped around a Scottish or Irish dance.
31a Peril heading off across lake for one pursuing water sport (6)
ANGLER – Remove the first letter (heading off) from a word for ‘peril’, then wrap the result around an abbreviation for Lake.
1d Senior figures — they aren’t seen in 30 areas (6)
ELDERS – Senior figures in some Nonconformist Churches, who could also be examples of something not found in areas which are the answer to 30a.
2d Like unknown author entertaining one in very good French location (7)
AVIGNON – A Russian doll clue: put the Roman numeral for one inside the abbreviation for Very Good, then put the result inside the shorter way of saying that the author of a work is unknown.
3d A street artist, prominent Asian in rough fabric (9)
ASTRAKHAN – Put together A (from the clue), STreet, the usual crossword artist, and a prominent Asian such as Genghis or Kublai.
4d Sheep in tricky mire, number sinking under it (6)
MERINO – Anagram (tricky) of MIRE, followed by a two-letter abbreviation for ‘number’.
5d Something of value from the past maiden’s left Russian museum (8)
HERITAGE – Remove the abbreviation for a maiden over on a cricket scorecard from a famous museum in St Petersburg.
6d More than one sign of hesitation about black as a colour (5)
UMBER – To get this brown colour, start with a two-letter hesitation, then add Black, then a different two-letter hesitation.
7d Awful noise after officer appears in British territories once? (8)
COLONIES – The abbreviation for a senior regimental officer followed by an anagram (awful) of NOISE.
12d One deemed to be no sluggard in a part of the Bible (3)
ANT – A rather nice all-in-one clue. A (from the clue) and the abbreviation for the part of the Bible where the Gospels and Epistles are to be found, giving us the creature cited in Proverbs 6:6 as an example for the reform of the idle.
15d Criticised frightfully bad meal with stone in it (9)
LAMBASTED – Anagram (frightfully) of BAD MEAL wrapped around STone.
16d Not without blemish turning up, I admitted skin problem? (8)
ERUPTION – Start with NOT (from the clue) and ‘without blemish’, reverse the lot and insert I (from the clue).
18d Enthusiast absorbs English newspaper, something that’s been discarded (8)
LEFTOVER – English and the initials of a newspaper printed on pink paper, with a word for someone who is an enthusiast or fan of something wrapped around the result.
21d Greek character contributing to Attic history (3)
CHI – Hidden in the clue.
22d Where religious figure appears, tearing raiment (7)
MINARET – Anagram (tearing) of RAIMENT, giving us the part of a mosque from which the muezzin issues the call to prayer.
24d Ahead, where consultant may be, doing the rounds (6)
ONWARD – Split this (2,4) and you get where hospital consultants would be when visiting their patients.
25d Force husband into condition of reliance (6)
THRUST – Husband inserted into a word for a condition where one person relies on another to act in a certain way.
27d Treacherous type disposing of leader gets support (5)
EASEL – Remove the first letter from a small predator used as a metaphor for a sneaky person, to get the support for a blackboard or an artist’s work.
The Quick Crossword pun QUEUE + RHEAS = CURIOUS