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Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 13/10/12

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This week’s puzzle...

ACROSS

7 Small island in the Inner Hebrides; one of the Small Isles (5)

8 Thomas __ (1798-1844), Scotland’s first Astronomer Royal (9)

10 Rupert __ (1887-1913), Rugby-born poet who wrote The Soldier (1914) (6)

11 A hatchet with a curved point (8)

12 An old dance with a kind of gliding step, or the music for it (8)

13 BBC radio comedy programme (1939-49) (4)

15 Island in the Indian Ocean (970 sq miles; pop about 850,000), an overseas department of France (7)

17 Joannes __ (1632-75), a Dutch artist who painted The Milkmaid (c1658)

20 A hot, dry wind blowing down a mountain valley in the Alps (4)

22 Spartan leader (d 395 BC), who defeated an Athenian fleet (404 BC) (8)

25 A type of large red moth whose caterpillars feed on ragwort (8)

26 A native American of a group of tribes in Arizona, New Mexico etc (6)

27 Thomas __ (1743-1826), lawyer who was the third president of the United States (9)

28 Large, gaudy, tropical American parrot (5)

DOWN

1 A light carriage with two wheels (9)

2 Citizen of small European principality (180 sq miles; pop about 80,000) (8)

3 Imparts a grained appearance to leather (7)

4 Australian state capital (pop about 1.2 million), founded in 1836 (8)

5 Dutch city (pop about 150,000), the site of a major battle in 1944 (6)

6 Nikolai __ (1809-52), Russian author who wrote Taras Bulba (1835) (5)

9 Jerome __ (1885-1945), American composer who wrote the music for Show Boat (1927)

14 Large town in the north-east, once Britain’s principal whaling port (9)

16 A coarse linen or cotton (8)

18 Large island in south-east Asia (37,657 sq miles; pop about 22 million), the eighth most populous island in the world (8)

19 A kind of trumpet whose note is clear and shrill (7)

21 Rare term meaning to make universal (6)

23 A carangoid fish, superficially like the coarse mackerel (4)

24 Landlocked country in west Africa (489,678 sq miles; pop about 16 million), independent since 1960 (5)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 Forres, 4 Lampeter, 9 Radium, 10 Storting, 12 Urali, 13 Trichosis, 14 Oceanus, 15 Gozo, 19 West, 21 Clipper, 24 Trematoda, 26 Gelid,

27 Fastness, 28 Pinero, 29 Assonant, 30 Stoned.

Down: 1 Ferguson, 2 Radiates, 3 Esurience, 5 Althing, 6 Perth, 7 Triose, 8 Rugose, 11 Otis, 16 Zeitgeist, 17 Spalpeen, 18 Bradford, 20 Thomson,

21 Chat, 22 Staffa, 23 Feeses, 25 Asnen.

 

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