Posted by Eileen on January 28th, 2011
Pondering what to say in the preamble has taken almost as long as the solve – and I still haven’t come up with anything appropriate. To say that I was surprised to see Quantum’s name on this puzzle is to put it mildly. This is the sixteenth of his puzzles to be published since his death nearly three years ago but, since the most recent was in August last year, I really thought that would be the last. I used to admire Quantum greatly in his lifetime but I really don’t think that these posthumous puzzles enhance his reputation.
8 SYMPOSIA: anagram of S[taff] O[fficer + I AM SPY
9 APRIL: P[rimroses] in A RIL: Chambers tells me that a ril is ‘a small trench’, which, I suppose, could be a covering of seeds - Edit: but it isn’t – please see Thomas99’s comment 1
10 SHAM: two thirds of SHAMAN [holy man]
11 CONDESCEND: simple charade of CON [deceive] and DESCEND [go down]
12 SWATHE: anagram of WAS + THE [article
14 SENTENCE: there is a period [full stop] at the end of a sentence
15 SYNERGY: ERG [unit of work] in SY [Seychelles - VR] + NY [New York]
17 STADIUM: anagram of AID MUST
20 SEAFRONT: cryptic [?] definition
22 BIGWIG: and another
23 ARCHETYPAL: anagram of REAL and PATCHY
24 TAUT: homophone of ‘taught’
25 CHAIR: cryptic definition
26 ALLOPATH: LOP [cut] in A LATH [a thin piece]
1 BY THE WAY: cryptic [?] definition: sounds like ‘buy [believe in] the way [route]‘ – but would anyone actually say that?
2 SPAM: reversal of MAPS [again!]
3 PSYCHE: anagram of Y[oung] P[erson] CHES[s]
4 TARNISH: this has a certain whimsical charm, a tarn being a mountain lake: I wouldn’t really equate ‘spot’ with ‘tarnish’ but Chambers gives ‘stain or blemish’.
5 HAZELNUT: anagram of HUNT and ZEAL
6 TRACKER DOG: I think this is another slightly dodgy cryptic definition, referring to tracker dogs being used following a jail break?
7 CLINIC: CLIN[k] [slang word for prison, after the Clink prison in Southwark] + IC [in charge]
13 TWELFTH MAN: I’m not a cricketing person but Chambers has: ‘a player selected beyond the necessary eleven to play if required as an extra fielder’
16 GOOD TURN: anagram of TO GROUND: this gave me just a moment’s pause, as I was expecting ‘ground’ to be the anagram indicator, rather than ‘gone’.
18 UBIQUITY: anagram of BUY IT around QUI[d]: I wouldn’t necessarily equate this with popularity – but I expect that’s just me!
19 STOPGAP: double [?] definition
21 ENRICH: RI [Scripture] in N[ational] C[urriculum] all inside E[nglish] H[our]
22 BOLDLY: homophone of ‘bowled’ [made delivery] + L[eft] + Y [unknown]
24 TYPE: double definition: omitted earlier – my apologies and thanks to Otherstuff.