Posted by loonapick on July 5th, 2007
I’ve blogged Quantum 3 or 4 times before, and I think I have been fairly mild with my criticism in each case. I don’t really enjoy solving a Quantum crossword, especially a waorkaday puzzle like today’s.
In the past, the setter has used unusual words or interesting long entries to mitigate the lack of fun in his puzzles, but these are not evident today.
Solved in about eight minutes, although I am not sure about 5dn.
1 HEIRDOM – (hired)*-O.M.
5 H(ILL)OCK – would the wordplay “bad if featuring wine “not indicate that the ILL should be OUTSIDE of HILL, rather than the other way around?
10 THINGUMMY – making its second appearance in recent times
12 TORSO – a good surface, although very easy to solve
15 OAST HOUSE – where hops are dried out before they are made into beer. Can’t quite put my finger on why, but I don’t think this clue works, as the hops themselves are not drunk.
23 CLINGFILM – clever idea
25 SCRIMMAGE – I’M in (Meg’s car)*
27 REGENCY – (green)*-C(it)Y
28 TREASON – (rate)*-SON – the “an” in the clue is superfluous
3 DWARF – (fward)* – Nos 2 and 3 (OR) removed from “forward”
4 METRONOME – just not cryptic
5 HOIST – can see Jack, but not the refernce to Lewis?
6 LIGHTSHIP – cryptic definition
8 KEYHOLE – very, very easy
14 YACHTSMAN – (Chay n mast)* – if “associated with” is acceptable as an anagrind, this is actually a very good clue, as it relates to the famous yachtsman, Chay Blyth, who was the first man to sail solo non-stop around the world.
17 UNANIMOUS – again not very cryptic
18 SCOUSER – S-(course)* – as a Scot, I tend to have a slight problem with clues which indicate that the northwest is Liverpool/Manchester, as to me they are most definitely in the South.
20 LAMBKIN – sounds like “KIN LAM” (family hit)