Posted by shuchi on September 24th, 2010
A transportation-themed crossword from Orense, with clues as well as solutions covering the spectrum from airplanes to bicycles. Nice and gentle to solve. No obscure vocabulary – a commendable feat for a themed puzzle.
A couple of clues (1d, 4d) use false capitalization to interesting effect on the surface, and there are some neatly indicated anagrams (2d, 17d) though I’m not too happy with 12a.
1 BATTLE CRUISER (CAREERS BUILT)* around T
9 ADAPTER A D (day) APTER (more suitable)
10 BUFFOON BUFF (polish) O (love) ON (working)
11 BUSES USE (function) in B S (the ‘case’ i.e. outer letters of ‘BreakdownS’). Good clue.
12 AEROPLANE (OPEN A REAL)*. The anagram indication doesn’t work for me here.
13 EVENSONG EVEN (regular) SONG (air). Evensong is a church service. Very nice deceptive surface.
15 EDISON NO (negative) SIDE (spin, as in having a bias), all reversed.
18 HOT AIR BALLOONS cd
22 TRANSPORT dd
24 METRO hidden in ‘extreME TROglodytes’
25 INROADS (ROAD SIGN)* – G
26 RADIANT RADI[o] (set, mainly) ANT (worker)
27 WHEELER DEALER cd
1 BRAMBLE B (born) RAMBLE (to talk at length, without meaning)
2 TRANSIENT (ART)< (TENNIS)*
3 LOTUS LOT (destiny) US (America)
4 CURTAINS cd
5 UNBARS [f]UN BARS (pubs)
6 SOFT PEDAL SOFT (sort of water) PEDAL (cycle)
7 RIOJA RIO (port) JA (German support)
8 INTERN T[h]E[o]R[y] in INN (tavern)
14 SHIPSHAPE SHIP (dispatch) SHAPE (form)
16 SLOW TRAIL cd I think, and if yes a rather tame one. SHORT HAUL dd // Thanks, Andrew.
17 BARTERER (RARE BET)* R[ace]. I like the anagram indicator ‘placing’.
18 HATPIN A devious cd. My last entry into the grid.
20 SHOOTER S (son) HOOTER (warning, as in a siren). A ‘shooter’ is a gun (‘one fired’).
21 CONSUL CONSUL[t]
23 ARROW MARROW (part of bone) – M
24 MIDGE EG (for example) DIM (slow), all reversed