Posted by Gaufrid on November 25th, 2009
A themed puzzle revolving around Washington and Berlin. Tricky in places, partly due to the significant number of cryptic definitions. I am not completely sure that I have interpreted 22d correctly so any alternative suggestions would be welcome.
Once I had finished I realised that I enjoyed this puzzle despite having felt perplexed at times during the solving process. There were a couple of old chestnuts (25a & 27a) but a lot of Cinephile’s typical mischief to make up for them.
1,23 BOOKER PRIZE K (king) ER (queen) *(RIP) in BOOZE (liquor)
4 COLUMBIA COLUM[n] (some writing) BIA[s] (some prejudice) – ‘(a third one)’ refers to the fact that three capitals appear in the grid, despite the number times ‘capital’ is used in a clue, but the other two capitals are used thematically as parts of other clues (eg 16a & 17a).
10 CHELSEA cd – a reference to Bill Clinton’s daughter.
11 EXTINCT C (Conservative) in *(TEXTIN[g])
13 WASHINGTON SHIN (bone) in WAG (comedian) TO N (pole)
16 IRVING cd – a reference to Washington Irving and Irving Berlin.
17 SURNAME SUR[i]NAM (I leave South American country) E (drug) – a cryptic definition ‘either capital can be used as’, ie both Washington and Berlin can be surnames.
20 ILLICIT homophone (?) of ‘ill is it’ (enquiry as to its health)
21 BERLIN RL (both sides) in BE (live) IN (at home)
24 SUPERSTORE UP (in profit) ERST (formerly) in SORE (resentful)
25 IDES ID ES[t] (that is timeless)
27 ISRAELI IS LEAR (king) reversed I (one)
29 ZIONIST Z (last) I (one) *(TO SIN)
30 HITHERTO HIT (strike) *(OTHER)
31 GEORGE E (English) in GORGE (eat a lot) – another cryptic definition ‘name of capital’ referring to Georgetown.
1 BACKSPIN BACK (support) SPIN (doctors’ work)
2 OVERDEVELOP VERDE (cape) VELO[city] (cut speed by half) in OP (work)
3,12 EAST SIDE *(IS TEASED) – a reference to the musical West Side Story
5 OVERHAUL dd
6 UNTENANTED ANTE (before) in UN (a, in French) TEND (nurse)
7 BAN – a reference to Ban Ki-moon, General Secretary of the UN, with ‘faces’ indicating ‘the front parts’.
8 ATTEND dd
9 MADAM MA DAM (mothers)
14 TUMBLE DRIER UMBLED (‘umiliated) in TRIER (one doing his best) – cryptic definition ‘is employed after washing[ton] (most of capital)’.
15 ANTIFREEZE *(FIRENZE TEA)
18 DISTRICT DI (policeman) STRICT (enforcing discipline)
19 ANISETTE AN (article) I (Cinephile) SETTE[r] (himself loses right)
22 ISAIAH – I think the definition is ‘prophet’ (homophone of ‘profit) and the ‘with capital’ leads to Isaiah Berlin (philosopher) and Isaiah Washington (US actor).
28,26 RAT HOLE HOL (break) in RATE (speed)