The Telegraph - CRYPTIC CROSSWORD NO: 29,239 - Dec 20 2019

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Clues Answers
A bit of carol making one hostile AVERSE
Almost 12? Sleep DOZE
Animals in police cars PANDAS
Being terribly sedate, gets leg pulled TEASED
Biscuits? They're exceptionally good CRACKERS
Christmas spruce hiding one little girl (six) NATIVITY
Cleric has played lyre in merry-making REVELRY
Cupid's companion, one in a hurry DASHER
Decorator with fluid in recreation facility ICERINK
Dreadful woe -- I'll hide away LIELOW
Encourages good health! CHEERS
English doctor hurried to be given a welcome EMBRACED
Explored something growing maybe, having crossed bridge SEARCHED
Extremely short opening for drink VERMOUTH
Fruit one of five children brought to church QUINCE
Gangster, old-fashioned fellow in hidden part of room? ALCOVE
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Getting better sports ground finished before end of January RECOVERY
Girl to wed, having given heart away MARY
Home dull, nothing right? I may help blow up balloons INFLATOR
Man remembered on Boxing Day taking walk with female STEPHEN
Man to joke, having held record JOSEPH
Maybe watch moth consuming material? REPEATER
No more beer provided by business person EXPORTER
Part of forest re-examined -- something growing therein? TREE
Party people in charitable activity DONATION
Person dumping waste who may help 29 TIPPER
Peter's quaking outside front of castle -- there's something spooky SPECTRE
Requirement with second half of tale -- one mustn't lose the thread NEEDLE
Server tries to move round -- was seen going outside WAITRESS
Sirs here supply preprandial tipples? SHERRIES
What's entertained us -- dame cavorting AMUSED
Wise man maybe in picture I brought out MAGE