Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 05/04/2014

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Saturday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Archibald __ (1774 - 1827), Fife-born publisher who started the Edinburgh Review (1802) (9)

6 A copal used for making varnish obtained from various conifers (5)

9 The goddess of the hunt in Greek mythology (7)

10 Belonging to the shallow water near land (7)

11 The sound of a bell at a funeral (5)

12 To beseech, or implore (9)

13 Major port city in Iraq (pop 2 million), on the Shatt al-Arab waterway (5)

14 Unable to discharge liabilities (9)

17 Northern European country (25,212 sq miles; pop 3 million), independent since 1991 (9)

19 To put (counterfeit money, etc) into circulation (5)

21 An exceptionally excellent person or thing (coll) (9)

24 Slips of metal, wood, etc, used to fill in spaces (5)

26 A plate of armour for the shoulder (7)

27 A kind of trumpet whose note is clear and shrill (7)

28 Now obsolete term for a sluice or lock (5)

29 Arturo __ (1867 - 1957), Parma-born conductor who founded the NBC symphony orchestra (9)

DOWN

1 Jim __ (1936 - 68), Fife-born driver who won two Formula One World Championships (5)

2 The aromatic kernels of East Indian trees, used as a seasoning in cooking (7)

3 State in southern India (pop about 75 million) (5,4)

4 Citizen of a US state capital (pop about 650,000), founded in about 1630 (9)

5 County town in the Irish Republic (pop 25,000), on the River Fergus (5)

6 One of the Greek orders of architecture (5)

7 Marsh-gas (7)

8 Former city in south-east England (pop 27,000), with a 12th century cathedral (9)

13 Common catfish, native to North America (9)

15 Three-leafed clovers (9)

16 Southern US state (135,382 sq miles; pop 4.6 million), also known as the Pelican State (9)

18 A burial mound or barrow (7)

20 Eastern European capital on the Kura River (7)

22 A valuable fibre obtained from Agave, Bromelia and other plants (5)

23 Belgian city, the historic capital of Flanders (5)

25 Egyptian peninsula, largely desert, occupied by Israel (1967 - 82) (5)

Last week’s solution:

Across: Across: 1 Bonnie and Clyde, 9 Rutland, 10 Aureate, 11 Apia, 12 Venus, 13 Boll, 16 Osmosis, 17 Aragon, 19 Papaya, 22 Chilean, 25 Vega, 26 Sepia, 27 Duma, 30 Vermeer, 31 Peridot, 32 Laurence Sterne.

Down: 1 Barbados, 2 Natrium, 3 Iran, 4 Andrews, 5 Dracula, 6 Lyra, 7 Diabolo, 8 Weald, 14 Oscan, 15 Ladin, 18 Ondaatje, 20 Algeria, 21 Aneurin, 22 Crimple, 23 Ecuador, 24 Aviva, 28 Lear, 29 Frit.

Winner: Mrs Allison McLean, Cowal Drive, Linwood, Renfrewshire