Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 23/03/13

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Saturday’s puzzle

This week’s prize: a copy of On Glasgow and Edinburgh by Robert Crawford, courtesy of Blackwell’s, plus a Collins English Dictionary Concise Edition to the first correct entry opened at random. Entries must be received by Thursday. Cut out the crossword panel and send to: Factfinder’s Crossword, Promotions Department, The Scotsman, PO Box 1027, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS.

Across

1 Small Highland town with a ruined 15th-century cathedral (8)

5 Town in central Scotland, with an academy founded after a £74,000 bequest (6)

10 European capital city and seaport (pop about 1 million), founded in the 13th century (9)

11 The edible fruits of the prickly-pear cactus (5)

12 Suppression of a vowel or syllable (7)

13 Italian artist (1483-1520), who painted the fresco series The School of Athens (7)

14 A genus of Ranunculaceae, including traveller’s joy (8)

17 The oat genus of grasses (5)

19 Small flocks of sheep, wild fowl etc (5)

21 A sweet, almond-flavoured liqueur (8)

24 The governor of a province or department in ancient Egypt (7)

25 A fallow deer buck in his second year (7)

27 Old term for a small harbour or port (5)

28 Alexander __ (1822-92), Logierait-born politician who was premier of Canada (1873-78) (9)

29 Turned a ship towards the wind (6)

30 A thickening of the inner coat of arteries (8)

Down

1 Antonia __ (b 1932), biographer who won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize in 1969 (6)

2 A Hindu sage or saint (5)

3 A chemical element discovered in 1925 (7)

4 A litter or palanquin (5)

6 A book of eight parallel texts (7)

7 Distinguishing mark on the form, especially of the face (9)

8 Now obsolete term for a bright red monoclinic mineral (8)

9 The food of the gods in Greek mythology (8)

15 A recurring theme (fig) (9)

16 A bacterial infection of the eye (7)

18 French writer (1783-1842), who wrote Le Rouge et le Noir (1830) (8)

20 To disburden by confession or otherwise (7)

22 Common to both sexes (7)

23 The goddess of wisdom in Greek mythology (6)

25 A loop in an ornamental edging (5)

26 A toy, quasi-musical instrument that makes a buzzing sound (5)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 7 Doune, 8 Orpington, 10 Shrike, 11 Leghorns, 12 Absinthe, 13 Ajee, 15 Cremona, 17 Clachan, 20 Ahab, 22 Asthenia, 25 Laureate,

26 Oporto, 27 Marrakesh, 28 Indra

Down: 1 Fochabers, 2 Oncidium, 3 Trolley, 4 Dingwall, 5 Ugsome, 6 Donne, 9 Leat, 14 Balintore, 16 Nebraska, 18 Cretonne, 19 Vanessa, 21 Harare, 23 Thor, 24 Macaw

Winner: Ian Craig, Falkirk

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