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Factfinder’s Crossword - The Scotsman 09/02/13

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Saturday’s puzzle...

This week’s prize: a copy of A History of the World by Andrew Marr, 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.

Across

1 Perthshire town used as Tannochbrae in Dr Finlay’s Casebook (9)

6 A type of rhythmic Latin American music, or dance (5)

9 Borders town, an ancient royal burgh, once a centre for wool manufacturing (7)

10 Stole another’s ideas or work (coll) (7)

11 Drug used against the fragility of blood vessels (5)

12 Artificial international language, devised in 1887 (9)

13 Shakespearean term for a gap in a fence or thicket (5)

14 Part of grammar dealing with inflections (9)

17 Brown or yellow quartz used as a gemstone (9)

19 East European capital city (pop 1.3 million), called Serdica by the Romans (5)

21 American poet (1902-71), best known for his comic verse (5,4)

24 A watery discharge, especially from the nose (5)

26 An edible shellfish, the sea ear (7)

27 Michael __ (1791-1867), English scientist who was the creator of classical field theory (7)

28 Deadly nightshade, or belladonna (bot) (5)

29 Small country in south-east Asia (5,743 sq miles; pop about 1 million), independent since 2002 (4,5)

Down

1 Ancient county town, a royal burgh from the 14th century, once a yarn-spinning centre (5)

2 The father of Odysseus in Greek mythology (7)

3 Suburb of Washington, the site of the Pentagon (9)

4 A wild ruffian, or one reckless to danger (9)

5 Go over the chief points again (abbrev) (5)

6 Scour, search, or range over (5)

7 Country on the Mediterranean Sea (4,037 sq miles; pop 4 million), independent since 1943 (7)

8 A genus of shrubs of the heath family (9)

13 George __ (1824-1905), Huntly-born author who wrote At the Back of the North Wind (1871) (9)

15 Parts operating the valves in internal-combustion engines (9)

16 British soldier serving in North Africa (1941-42) (6,3)

18 US state (36,185 sq miles; pop 6.5 million), which became the 19th state of the union in 1816 (7)

20 The lands controlled by a feudal lord (7)

22 In Greek mythology, the daughter of Tantalus who was turned to stone (5)

23 The white poplar tree (5)

25 Louis B __ (1884-1957), Russian-born American film producer (5)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 Idioblasts, 9 Blah, 10 Queensland, 11 Alcott, 12 Trent, 15 Shona, 8 Ashet, 19 Quartan, 20 Lydia, 21 Truro, 22 Beguine, 23 Onega, 24 Sudan, 26 Trump, 29 Eolith, 31 Athanasius, 32 Lawn, 33 Auriscopes.

Down: 2 Daub, 3 Oregon, 4 Liszt, 5 Slade, 6 Sadat, 7 Bloodhound, 8 Whitethorn, 13 Realgar, 14 Natrium, 15 Salmonella, 16 Oddfellows, 17 Aqaba, 8 Antes, 25 UNESCO, 26 Thana, 27 Usher, 28 Pinks, 30 Jude.

Winner: John Matthew, Portobello

 
 
 

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