Posted by neildubya on April 11th, 2008
Paul’s salute to the ever-inventive British train companies and their feeble excuses for shoddy service.
Not as difficult as some Paul crosswords can be, especially once you’ve cracked the theme, but very satisfying.
8 LO-NICER-A = had to look it up, I only know plants if they are in road names or recipes. This is the technical term for the Honeysuckle.
11 VOL-UP-TUO-US : “UP” meaning “on drugs” is a bit of a stretch. Could you really be said to be “up” on “downers” ?
12 (ALI G)NS – Respek ! Paul keeping it real and being down with da kids. The reference to the game of Bridge (partners = NS) loses some street credibility though.
14 Omitted on purpose
17 ARTICLE – trad. clue similar to “for example, the sure thing = DEFINITE ARTICLE”
22 SIGNAL FAILURE – reverse cryptic, referring to the fact that SIGNAL is an anagran of ALIGNS
23 PSY-C-HOL(OG)Y – a compound solution more usually seen in Araucaria.
26 THE WRONG KIND OF SNOW – (WIND KNOWN FOG OTHERS)* – superb !
3 LEAVES ON THE LINE
6 GA(LUMP-HI)NG – awesome word which I will over-use today.
7 ANNUAL – I don’t understand this one
13 GARDEN CITY – (CREATING D(erb)Y)* e.g Welwyn Garden City
16 STOP-OVER – a chinaman is a cricket term for a tricky spin ball, and six of these make an over. First you have POTS in reverse
19 RETORTS – a type of stand used in chemistry (I think)
22 ST-YLER – to “rely” on something is to bank on it