Jumbo 670 – Planes, trains and automobiles

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Solving time: 18:58. No mistakes, but I dithered at the end over 30ac, 55ac and 21dn, none of which I was totally confident about.

I think this was the most straightforward Jumbo for a while, there were no really difficult clues and unlike the previous few I had no significant slow-down on the last few clues. For comparison, my recent Jumbo times have been 23:40 (#666; KALAMAZOO wrong), 19:43 (#667), 29:00 (#668; WORMWOOD missing – thanks to linxit for the explanation!), 24:58 (#669).

6 “ICON TACKED” – nice homophone, I thought of ‘idol’ and ‘icon’ but still didn’t twig.
17 NEW-FANGLED (anag.) – there seems to be a surfeit of link words in this clue (In England few evolved as excessively modern (10)) – for the cryptic reading to work, I think either ‘in’ or ‘as’ needs to go.
22 SHIPMEN + T – why does cargo go by ship but a shipment go by car/plane?
24 RE + “LICKED” – an old word for ‘widow’, from the Latin relictus meaning ‘left behind’.
25 FREE + BOO + T[i]ER
30 STUNS + AIL – a stunsail, or stuns’l, or studdingsail, is ‘a narrow additional sail set at the outer edges of a square sail when wind is light and abaft the beam’. I didn’t know this word, but STUNS was the only word meaning ‘overcomes’ I could think of to fit _T_N_.
40 AERONAUTIC (anag. of NOTICE AURA) – the Montgolfier brothers invented the hot air balloon in the 18th century.
34 MO’S N/A inside BACH all reversed – one of these.
39 LIEGE – curiously this word can mean a superior or a subject. I knew the Belgian town from the football club Standard Li├Ęge.
46 JULIAN + C + (AND REAL)* – Julian the Apostate turns out to be the last pagan Roman emperor.
55 ORGAN(Z)A – this rang only a vague bell but looked a lot better than ‘organxa’ or ‘organya’, though ‘organna’ was a plausible alternative.
56 NEGLIGE(NC)E – I didn’t know the word ‘peignoir’ but should have got this much faster from the definition (‘dereliction of duty’).
1 DE (= ‘of’ the French) + FOE – refers to Daniel, writer of Robinson Crusoe, but if you prefer Jermain, here’s his brilliant goal against Wigan a couple of weeks ago.
4 INDUS[try] – an almost identical clue came up in (I think) The Times recently.
9 TRAINS POTTER – a ‘gricer’ (not a word I knew) specifically means a railway enthusiast, not just a general anorak. Any etymology suggestions?
11 ARISTOCRAT (anag. of IT’S A CARROT) – Debrett is apparently a list of peers and their ancestries. I didn’t get this anagram until I had the final T from 29ac.
21 anag. of BRED inside STRING – I don’t think I knew this name; August Strindberg was a Swedish writer and playright.
33 VERN[e] inside GO MENTAL
37 A + S + PERUS(U)AL
38 T + (KEF (= marijuana) inside ARIGHT) – a more difficult drug to go with the simpler CHARLIE at 10dn.
51 PEN + CE – not pen but PEN, the International Association of Poets, Playwrights, Editors, Essayists and Novelists.
52 [s]LOVE[n] – ’47’s heart’ means the centre of clue 47 (= SLOVEN), but I was expecting another level to this and looked for a word meaning ‘love’ to fit _O_E and wasted several seconds trying to make NONE work.

2 comments on “Jumbo 670 – Planes, trains and automobiles”

  1. So I guess I’m the only one with an objection to having that ‘the’ in there….


  2. As a railway enthusiast, I have followed the development of the word over the years; originally it was used for someone, like me, who collected track travelled on as opposed to locomotive numbers etc.; we were “gricers” and “griced” track. Now it has slipped into general use for a railway enthusiast generally. The etymomology I can offer is as follows. During the university vacation a party from the Oxford University Railway Society were staying in a remote part of the country preparatory to travelling on some rare track, and met a party of fellow undergraduates who were there to shoot grouse; in order to determine which group were the winners, a tariff was set up with a mile of track equal to so many “grice”, and track bashers became known as gricers. Or that’s the way it was told to me, many years ago.

    Harry Shipley

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