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Factfinder crossword - The Scotsman 12/01/2013

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Saturday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Lawyer (1809-65), who was the 16th president of the United States (7,7)

9 German state (27,251 sq miles; pop about 11 million), a kingdom of the German empire until 1918 (7)

10 A wild verbena, long believed to have medicinal powers (7)

11 Inert element of the noble gas group (4)

12 A small decked or half-decked coaster or fishing vessel (5)

13 The raised cabins at the stern of an old sailing ship (4)

16 An officer in charge of cattle taken in to graze for payment (7)

17 Japanese martial art (6)

19 Hot drink made from sassafras (6)

22 A plant of the jalap and morning glory genus (7)

25 Thomas __ (1708-78), London-born composer of Rule Britannia (1740) (4)

26 Former Pictish capital where, traditionally, Scotland’s kings were enthroned (5)

27 A stake used for fencing (4)

30 Genus of aquatic unicellar organisms (7)

31 Country in north-east Africa (246,294 sq miles; pop about 10.5 million), an independent member of the UN since 1960 (7)

32 Masses of mud, sand and stones dragged along under glaciers or ice sheets (6,8)

DOWN

1 Citizen of country in south-east Europe (11,104 sq miles; pop about 3 million), independent since 1912 (8)

2 Small, square pasta cases with a savoury filling (7)

3 The goddess of marriage, and wife of Zeus, in Greek mythology (4)

4 Country in south-east Asia (261,220 sq miles; pop about 54 million), independent since 1948 (7)

5 The Latin motto of Kent (7)

6 A cage for fish or lobsters (4)

7 Relating to a woody, climbing tropical vine (7)

8 The butt of a cigar or cigarette in US slang (5)

14 A rope or band round a deadeye (naut) (5)

15 City in Ohio (pop about 250,000), once known as the rubber capital of the world (5)

18 Citizens of a west African country (4,363 sq miles; pop about 2 million), independent since 1965 (8)

20 An official inspector of cloth (7)

21 A red-headed diving duck (7)

22 Eugene __ (1912-94), a Romania-born French playwright, a pioneer of the Theatre of the Absurd (7)

23 A small brown songbird of the bunting family (7)

24 A type of millet much grown in India, Africa etc (5)

28 South American country (496,414 sq miles; pop about 30 million), independent since 1824 (4)

29 A novel by Jane Austen (1814) (4)

Last week’s solution

Across: 1 William Dunbar, 10 Irons, 11 Idioticon, 12 Lease-lend, 13 Sedge, 14 Aconite, 16 Ermines, 18 Foramen, 20 Benzene, 21 Reset, 23 Ultraists, 25 Eponymous, 26 Gansu, 27 States-General.

Down: 2 Idola, 3 Listerism, 4 Abilene, 5 Dwindle, 6 Notus, 7 Accidence, 8 William Forbes, 9 Anders Celsius, 15 Orris-root, 17 Montaigne, 19 Neurons, 20 Batiste, 22 Tryst, 24 Senna.Solution for 29 December

Across: 1 1 Kilmaurs, 5 Ashlar, 9 Levigate, 10 Omerta, 12 Inglenook, 13 Rases, 14 Durbar, 17 Taupe, 20 Ariel, 21 Guyana, 24 Shrew, 25 Tennessee,

28 Nutate, 29 Sparable, 30 Tishri, 31 Cromarty.

Down: 1 Kelpie, 2 Lovage, 3 Algae, 4 Retro, 6 Samaritan, 7 Larkspur, 8 Roadster, 11 Skerry, 15 Ullswater, 16 Bogota, 18 Massenet, 19 Librates, 22 Isobar, 23 Severy, 26 Neper, 27 Edrom.

Last week’s winner: Audrey Hutton, Inverness; winner for 29 December: Andrew Reid, Edinburgh

This week’s prize: a copy of The Way We Were by John Hannavy, 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 105, Edinburgh, EH8 8AS.

 

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