so i tried the same trick today – getting to the home affairs office half an hour before opening so that i could be first in the passport queue.
and it worked!
within 30 minutes of the office opening i had my receipt for the new passport application, and a promise that it would be ready in about 6 weeks.
it took me longer to drive from there to the office, than it did to apply.
now, the new test is tomorrow with the germans…