Daily Telegraph Cryptic No 28939
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Good morning and Happy New Year from South Staffs.
A reasonably gentle start to the year from Giovanni this morning, with nothing to frighten the horses (except possibly 1a!).
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1a Monster in heap of straw getting at food (10)
COCKATRICE – Put together a heap of straw or hay, AT (from the clue), and a food cereal which forms the staple diet of large parts of the Orient. The answer is a mythical beast, essentially a two-legged dragon or serpent-like creature with a rooster’s head.
6a Fare always covers this zone (4)
AREA – Hidden in the clue.
9a Had a drink and complained audibly (5)
WINED – The sort of ‘had a drink’ which forms a rhyming pair with ‘had a meal’ is a homophone (audibly (for some)) of ‘complained’.
10a Tumble down the ski slopes maybe for teatime treat? (5,4)
SWISS ROLL – This variety of cake could also be what happens after a fall on the ski slopes of a particular Alpine country.
12a Sage put out becomes aloof (7)
UPSTAGE – Anagram (out) of SAGE PUT.
13a Partner from Amsterdam? (5)
DUTCH – Double definition, the first being some Cockney slang for a wife.
15a Goddess making a mister naughty (7)
ARTEMIS – Anagram (naughty) of A MISTER
17a He’s abandoning hospital with leap, the one getting away (7)
ESCAPER – Remove the H (abandoning hospital) from (h)E’S in the clue, then add a leap or frolic.
19a Little boy will sit in nearly all these seats (7)
THRONES – Remove the final letter (nearly all) from THES(e) (from the clue) and wrap the result round a short form of a boy’s name, to get these seats of power or ease.
21a Country activity very much associated with ancient dynasty (7)
FARMING – An adverb used as an intensifier (like ‘very much’), followed by a Chinese imperial dynasty.
22a What’s not entirely exciting a person who yawns? (5)
GAPER – Hidden in the clue.
24a Trees in curved formations by lake (7)
LARCHES – An abbreviation for Lake followed by some curved architectural formations.
27a Child finally restrained by troubled mother in Norwegian city (9)
TRONDHEIM – Anagram (troubled) of MOTHER IN wrapped around the last letter (finally) of chilD. This was the home of Edvard Grieg.
28a Wanting lots of food — no good being very thin! (5)
REEDY – Remove the Good from the beginning of a word meaning ‘wanting lots of food’.
29a Child falling over ending in the ditch (4)
DIKE – Reverse (falling over) an informal word for a child, then add the last letter (ending) of thE.
30a Craftsperson one mum and lad spotted at side of street (10)
STONEMASON – Put together an abbreviation for STreet, ONE (from the clue), another word for ‘mum’, and her lad.
1d Farm animal left to find cover (4)
COWL – A milk-giving farm animal followed by Left.
2d Copper is a good one who may wave his hands about? (9)
CONDUCTOR – Here we have a statement referring to the capacity of materials to host a flow of electricity, or the person who stands in front of an orchestra with a baton.
3d It’s excellent of the French to provide assistants (5)
AIDES – A two-letter representation of the alphanumeric expression used to indicate an excellent risk in the insurance market, followed by the plural form of the partitive article (‘of the’) in French.
4d Artist with tricky class — naughty boys? (7)
RASCALS – The usual crossword artist from the Royal Academy, followed by an anagram (tricky) of CLASS.
5d Awfully nice, she is from an Asian country (7)
CHINESE – Anagram (awfully) of NICE SHE.
7d Aussie animals taking time to settle (5)
ROOST – The short form of the name of some Australian marsupials, followed by Time.
8d Not stupid when collecting silver — it is very popular (3,3,4)
ALL THE RAGE – A phrase (3,5) meaning ‘not stupid’ or ‘having all one’s marbles’, wrapped around the chemical symbol for silver.
11d Alcoholic drink — team will need transport (7)
SIDECAR – Another word for a football or cricket team followed by a motor vehicle.
14d Acting group, one kept in as punishment and reprimanded (10)
CASTIGATED – Put together the collective term for the group of actors involved in a play, the Roman numeral for one, and a form of boarding school punishment which means that the miscreant is restricted to the school grounds.
16d Football team with its colour becoming mucky (7)
MANURED – The short form (3,1) of the name of a famous Premiership football club, followed by the colour of their main shirts.
18d Religious woman that is seen joining saint in crowd (9)
PRIESTESS – Put together the Latin abbreviation for ‘that is’ and an abbreviation for ‘saint’, then wrap another word for ‘crowd’ around the result.
20d Outstanding Christian organisation to depend on holy books (7)
SALIENT – Put together the initials of a Christian organisation which reaches out to the homeless, and has some brass bands, another word for ‘depend’, and the initials for the collection of books forming the second half of the Bible.
21d Fellow in charge supporting rising celebrity (7)
FOREMAN – A preposition meaning ‘supporting’ or ‘in favour of’ followed by the reversal (rising, in a Down clue) of another word for celebrity.
23d Set down cheap drink (5)
PLONK – Double definition, the first being to put down carelessly or roughly, the second derived from ‘vin blanc’.
25d Buck perhaps wanting maiden — or many maidens! (5)
HAREM – A type of animal whose male is known as a buck, followed by the abbreviation for a maiden over on a cricket scorecard.
26d It certainly doesn’t sound like her sort of song (4)
HYMN – A church song which may sound like the opposite of ‘her’.
The Quick Crossword pun HASTE + HACKS = HAYSTACKS