Factfinders crossword - The Scotsman 19/07/14

19/07/2014

19/07/2014

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Saturday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 Scottish naturalist (1886 - 1977), who wrote The

Golden Eagle, King of Birds (1956) (5,6)

9 A large South American aquatic animal (5)

10 Highly toxic lead-like metal, discovered in 1861 (8)

12 Of a country in central Africa (10,169 sq miles; pop 12

million), independent since 1962 (7)

13 A US Navy strategic nuclear missile (7)

14 The ceremonial and its rituals that mark the

beginning of Passover (5)

15 Pertaining to the processes of change within the

earth (9)

18 A fungus akin to the puffballs (5-4)

20 Mohamed __ (b1951), the former president of Egypt,

deposed in 2013 (5)

21 Moved the king two squares sideways and moved the

rook in chess (7)

24 Citizens of European country (35,911 sq miles; pop 10

million); it joined the EU in 2004 (7)

25 A delicate kind of watered silk (8)

26 Apparatus for detecting submarines by means of

ultrasonic waves (5)

27 Archipelago in the Arctic Ocean, ceded to Norway in

1920 (11)

DOWN

2 South American country (106,505 sq miles; pop 15

million), independent since 1830 (7)

3 An application used to deaden irritation (9)

4 Elizabeth __ (1797 - 1885), diarist who wrote Memoirs

of a Highland Lady (5)

5 Beating rapidly, as a drum (7)

6 An undeveloped seed (5)

7 The state of being enlarged and persistent (bot) (11)

8 Spartan general (d 395 BC), who defeated the

Athenians at Aegospotami in 405 BC (8)

11 A member of the Phasmidae family (5-6)

16 The exterior membrane of the brain and spinal

column (4,5)

17 A region of France (11,600 sq miles; pop 3.5 million),

noted for its cider production (8)

19 A large flatfish of the genus Hippoglossus (7)

20 A person of rank or wealth, or of power (7)

22 A very steep bank or slope (5)

23 The brightest star in the constellation Cygnus (5)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 William Smellie, 9 Intrude, 10 Rotifer, 11 Attenuator, 12 Pend, 14 Reseda,

15 Magister, 17 Paganini, 19 Persic, 22 Borg, 23 Imposition, 25 Iridian, 26 Red deer,

27 Stillson wrench.

Down: 1 Weimar Republic, 2 Litotes, 3 Iguanodons, 4 Maenad, 5 Marjoram, 6 Lute,

7 Inflect, 8 Frederick North, 13 Sidewinder, 16 Anemones, 18 Geraint, 20 Seize on,

21 Corran, 24 Dill.

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