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Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 27/10/12

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This week’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 A small island in the Inner Hebrides with several Iron Age forts (4)

3 Evade work or duty in military slang (10)

10 West-coast ferry port, with the ruins of a castle that had been destroyed in 1648 (9)

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

12 A broad, heavy African knife (5)

13 Dingy yellowish-grey, or drab (8)

15 A choir screen (7)

17 A mute or damper to soften or deaden the sound of an instrument (7)

19 John __ (1929-94), London-born playwright who wrote Look Back in Anger (1956) (7)

21 Small sailing vessels (7)

22 The north-west wind personified (Milton) (8)

24 An Italian cathedral church (5)

27 A poisonous disinfectant (5)

28 A common fibrous zeolite (9)

29 Southern constellation that includes Sirius (5,5)

30 An evergreen tree of India and the Philippines, with tonic bark (4)

DOWN

1 Thomas __ (1879-1962), sculptor who created the statue of Robert I at Edinburgh Castle (10)

2 A Romance tongue spoken in the upper Inn valley (5)

4 Roman senator (d 42BC), one of the leading conspirators in the plot to kill Julius Caesar (7)

5 Members of one of the four Classical Greek tribes (7)

6 German river rising near the Czech border and flowing 250 miles into the Havel (5)

7 An indurated clay rock (9)

8 A bleaching vat (4)

9 Daniel __ (1736-82), Swedish botanist who invented a box in the form of a book (8)

14 A Wild West film (5,5)

16 John __ (1782-1868), Neilston-born engineer who built the engines of the Comet (1812) (9)

18 A lively jig-like dance, or its music (8)

20 East European country (17,420 sq miles; pop about 1.5 million), independent since 1991 (7)

21 Landlocked country in southern Africa (11,717 sq miles; pop about 2 million), independent since 1966 (7)

23 The chief of the fallen angels in Muslim mythology (5)

25 A small South African antelope, the palebuck (5)

26 A French policeman (coll) (4)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 Langholm, 5 Herpes, 10 Normative, 11 Herod, 12 Reading, 13 Vanuatu, 14 Accentor, 17 Stere, 19 Kelso, 21 Ritenuto, 24 Thallus, 25 Decibel, 27 Emden, 28 Lymeswold, 29 Sargos, 30 Gouaches.

Down: 1 Lanark, 2 Norma, 3 Hyalite, 4 Luing, 6 Echinus, 7 Parrakeet, 8 Sadducee, 9 Velveret, 15 Callander, 16 Throstle, 18 Skitters, 20 Orlando,

22 Nicosia, 23 Slades, 25 Dumbo, 26 Booth.

 
 
 

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