Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman, 08/06/13

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Saturday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Scottish poet (c1486-1555) who wrote Ane Satyre of the Thrie Estaitis (5,7)

8 An ear-shaped shell (5)

9 Boccaccio’s book of 100 tales (9)

11 Allowing to be true (6)

12 A hook deployed by an aircraft alighting on a carrier (8)

14 A letter addressed by the Pope to all his bishops (10)

15 A fast Malay sailing vessel (4)

18 Any stiff or wiry grass (4)

19 Ancient institutions of learning (10)

21 Relating to proceedings in a judge’s private room (2,6)

23 A machine used to create a level surface for road-building (6)

25 A glossy cotton cloth (9)

26 Grass of the fescue family (5)

27 Edinburgh-born engineer (1876-1941) who designed the Flying Scotsman and Mallard (5,7)

DOWN

1 A friar or monk of an order founded in 1215 (9)

2 Shrubs of the speedwell genus (8)

3 A frivolous or mischievous act (US coll) (4)

4 Embodied in flesh, or given human form (10)

5 A kind of unleavened bread (6)

6 The judgment of a tribunal (5)

7 Elderly reactionary cartoon figure created by David Low (1891-1963) (7,5)

10 A long-coned conifer, or its wood (6,6)

13 A small brightly coloured fish (Rhodeus amarus) (10)

16 A song with a refrain, or a dance in a ring (9)

17 Relating to the glands that secrete tears (8)

20 Archaic term for huge, cruel or savage (5)

22 Any curled filaments (zool) (5)

24 Author and scholar (c673-735), canonised in 1899 (4)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 Sparrow-hawk, 9 Arran, 10 Pasadena, 12 Estrade, 13 Spindle, 14 Baird, 15 Emmenthal, 18 Icelander, 20 Tyler, 21 Isomere, 24 Tangier, 
25 Jeroboam, 26 Carse, 27 Paternoster.

Down: 2 Poniard, 3 Reprehend, 4 Oasts, 5 Hadrian, 6 Waned, 7 James Bridie, 8 Brattice, 11 Medlar tree, 16 Maritimes, 17 Halliard, 19 Acerose, 
20 Tunicle, 22 Onega, 23 Eloin.

Winner: Mrs Eva Tyson, Dalgety Bay