Factfinder crossword - The Scotsman 22/02/14

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Today’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Scottish poet (c1420 - c1490), who wrote The Testament of Cresseid (6,8)

9 Marie __ (1761 - 1850), wax modeller who founded a museum in London in 1835 (7)

10 A dish of meat, fish, etc, cooked in a pastry shell (7)

11 Archaic term for a flight of larks (10)

12 A nest of wasps or wild bees (4)

14 Old term for burning or glowing (6)

15 A married European lady in India (3-5)

17 Citizen of a French island in the Mediterranean (3,353 sq miles; pop about 300,000) (8)

19 The Tibetan piebald pony (6)

22 A showy lilaceous plant of the western US (4)

23 A poisonous plant of the potato family (5-5)

25 The father of Odysseus in Greek mythology (7)

26 A very heavy steel-grey metallic element (7)

27 The Democrats’ unsuccessful presidential candidate in the US in 1952 and 1956 (5,9)

DOWN

1 Restored medieval fortified building in the west, dating from the 12th century (8,6)

2 Any bird of the genus Otis (7)

3 Ancient game played in an indoor court, with a sloping roof (4,6)

4 The body of tradition about Mohammed, supplementary to the Koran (6)

5 A nonmetallic gaseous element (8)

6 The first mortal in Hindu mythology (4)

7 Minor Hebrew prophet of the 6th century BC (7)

8 Edinburgh-born author (1862-1946), who wrote Little Black Sambo (1899) (5,9)

13 An amino acid found in many vegetables (10)

16 One of the three goddesses of fate in Greek mythology (8)

18 Any species of the composite genus Ambrosia (7)

20 Small West Indian fishes that feed on mosquito larvae (7)

21 A tool for enlarging a drillhole (6)

24 Active volcano in southern Italy (10,900 ft) (4)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 Adam Ferguson, 8 Asphalt, 9 Matweed, 11 Pica, 12 Seannachie, 14 Inspan, 15 Gneisses, 17 Felstone, 19 Chorea, 22 Laminarian, 23 Omsk, 25 Scalene,

26 Ferrier, 27 Testosterone.

Down: 1 Alpacas, 2 Adam, 3 Fettes, 4 Ruminant, 5 Ultrafiche, 6 Obeches, 7 Campsie Fells, 10 Deerstalkers, 13 Cantonment, 16 Snorkels, 18 Lamb-ale, 20 Romaine,

21 Baffle, 24 Argo.