Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 27/07/13

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Saturday’s puzzle

This week’s prize: 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 Ruined abbey in the south-west, founded around

1190 (8)

5 Large region of the Indian subcontinent (about 135,000 sq miles; pop over 150 million) (6)

9 Spartan naval commander who defeated the Athenians in 405 BC (8)

10 In the US, an enclosed railway freight wagon with sliding doors (6)

12 Several marine fishes, including the barracouta (6)

13 Historically, a hereditary tenant of the crown, often a clan chief (5)

16 Any willows whose twigs are used in making

baskets (6)

17 Either of two species of tuna (8)

20 Spheres of operation controlled by particular people or groups (8)

21 A film director regarded as the creator of a work (6)

23 The metal tag of a lace or string (5)

25 The king of the fairies, the husband of Titania (6)

28 Jean __ (1780-1867), painter who was the leading exponent of the classical tradition in France in the 19th century (6)

29 Fence of wooden stakes fixed in the ground forming a defensive enclosure (8)

30 A book of the Old Testament (6)

31 A judge in the Isle of Man (8)

DOWN

1 Irvine-born novelist (1779-1839), who wrote The Annals of the Parish (1821) (4)

2 Organisation set up in 1939 to provide entertainment for the armed forces (4)

3 Former name of Russia’s second city (pop about 5 million) (9)

4 A fine worsted yarn used for embroidery and tapestry (6)

6 German submarine in the First and Second World Wars (1-4)

7 A cheeky or impudent fellow (10)

8 Norse warriors, noted for their ferocity in battle (10)

11 Large Japanese city (pop about 3 million), historically a great commercial centre (5)

14 Black or brown mineral which is the chief ore of tungsten (10)

15 A bacterial disease of fruit-trees (4-6)

18 A radioactive chemical element (9)

19 Early Christian raised reading-desks or pulpits (5)

22 Herbaceous plant cultivated for its oil-rich seeds (6)

24 An administrative division of the Byzantine

empire (5)

26 The monetary unit of Thailand (4)

27 Golda __ (1898-1978), Russian-born politician who was premier of Israel (1969-74) (4)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 3 Tobit, 8 Triage, 9 Apical, 10 Statin, 11 Grillage, 12 Yam, 13 Knolls, 14 Armature, 17 Tureens, 19 Osborne, 23 Herakles, 27 Creeps, 29 Oak, 30 Loosen up, 31 Buckie, 32 Mercer, 33 Tiller, 34 Keats.

Down: 1 Craton, 2 Bastille, 3 Tennyson, 4 Bergman, 5 Taoism, 6 Violet, 7 Saggar, 13 Ketch, 15 Alb, 16 Ewers, 18 Elk, 20 Sackbuts, 21 Opercula,

22 Isopoda, 24 Exocet, 25 Alsace, 26 Lanark, 28 Privet.

Winner: Alan D M Goodbrand, Peterhead