Puzzletome Crossword Puzzles

SOLUTION

August 2013 Monthly Crossword
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Explanations

The theme of the puzzle was the 50th anniversary of the Great Train Robbery on 8 August 1963 at Bridego Railway Bridge, Ledburn. As such, the five modified answers each had TRAIN removed before entry into the grid. The extra wordplay letters gave DEVIOUS RAILWAY ACTIONS. The robbers took control of the train at SEARS CROSSING (25a).

Across
  1. POST (position) + C (cold) + LASS (girl) + I (one) + CALD (loosely clad) => POST-CLASSICAL (after ancient times) + D
  2. WOE (orrow) + R (SinatRa's penultimate) + N (number) => WORN (old) + E
  3. UNB (bun crumbs) + VALANCE (pelmet) + D (down) => UNBALANCED (shaking) + V
  4. Anagram (design) cast + iron + end => CONS(TRAIN)ED (not free)
  5. LACRI (Clair distraught) + MAIL (letters) => LACRIMAL (tearful) + I
  6. Anagram (freely) girl + not + eatin' it freely => TOILET (TRAIN)ING(education for wee)
  7. OP (operation) + AID (help) => PAID (rewarded) + O
  8. DURUM (pasta ingredient) => DRUM (beat) + U
  9. Anagram (up) residents + flare => SELF-RES(TRAIN)ED (cool and collected)
  10. STUN (shock) + A + F (loud) + I (one) + SH (quiet) => TUNA FISH (seafood meal) + S
  11. Anagram (deconstruction) in + therapies => (TRAIN)EESHIP (Being a student)
  12. Anagram (gardening) creates + slim => CLEMATISES (plants) + R
  13. IM (I am) following SAW (tool) => SWIM (dip) + A
  14. SEARS CROSSING (site of Great Train Robbery)
Down
  1. Anagram (fertilisation) robin + poo => PRO BONO (free) + I
  2. SLINGS (does pitch) => SINGS (blows the whistle) + L
  3. COW (strong-arm) + UNT (loose nut) containing L (long) + D (diameter) => COULDN'T (failed) + W
  4. Anagram (comprehend) car + chase + am + unable => AMBULANCE CHASER (he bullies accident victims after) + A
  5. SPY (watch) + LICE (fleas) => SPLICE (join) + Y
  6. Anagram (efficacious) acid + not + certain => CON(TRAIN)DICATE (advise against drugs)
  7. ALE (beer) + E (English) + WARD (bring=draw backwards) => LEEWARD (to the shelter) + A
  8. CLEUKAEM (rewriting clue make) + I (one) + A => LEUKAEMIA (disease) + C
  9. DO (act) + U (up) + B (Bad start) + LEST (for fear that) => DOUBLES (twins) + T
  10. IF (on condition of) + LENSES (glasses) => FLENSES (strips skin) + I
  11. ENGO (going gone) containing (around) XI:LI (11:51) => EXILING (going) + O
  12. Contained (some) backwards (return) in SUN, TA (I Have => HIATUS (downtime) + N
  13. Initial letters (to begin with) Snakes Usually + SSHI (hiss angrily) => SUSHI (raw food) + S