Factfinder crossword - The Scotsman 05/05/2012

Saturday’s puzzle...

Across

1 Ancient royal burgh, and former county town, a centre of Covenanting in the 17th century (6)

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4 People of a large island in south-east Asia (51,057 sq miles; pop about 140 million) (8)

9 John __ (1550-1617), Edinburgh-born inventor who devised a scheme of natural logarithms (6)

10 Small falcons (8)

12 Alone, originally in dramatic directions (5)

13 Major battle of the Hundred Years’ War in northern France, won by an English army (9)

14 A miniature film or TV set used for special effects or animation (7)

15 Diana __ (b1944), US singer and actress who starred in Lady Sings the Blues (1972) (4)

19 Egyptian goddess, the wife and sister of Osiris (4)

21 The title of the viceroy of Egypt (1867-1914) (7)

24 A work to strengthen the side of a small ravelin (9)

26 Edward __ (1857-1934), English composer who created The Enigma Variations (1899) (5)

27 The sandwort genus, akin to chickweed (8)

28 The woad genus of Cruciferae (6)

29 Capital city (pop 600,000) in northern Europe, founded in 1550 (8)

30 A West Indian plant, the pinguin, or its fruit (6)

Down

1 Decisive battle (1568) where the supporters of Mary, Queen of Scots were routed (8)

2 A kind of rich iced cake (8)

3 Instruments for varying electric currents (9)

5 A workshop, especially an artist’s studio (7)

6 Shakespearean term for a grotesque pageant (5)

7 The dark cavern between earth and hell in Greek mythology (6)

8 A supplementary reserve from which waste can be made good (mil) (6)

11 A species of pepper, or a narcotic drink made from it (4)

16 Robert __ (1772-1850), a Glasgow-born engineer famed for designing and building lighthouses (9)

17 Capital city in the West Indies (pop about 1 million), founded in 1693 (8)

18 Death of part of the living body (8)

20 Borders town where Sir Walter Scott was sheriff (1799-1832) (7)

21 Immanuel __ (1724-1804), a German philosopher who wrote The Critique of Pure Reason (1781) (4)

22 A broad valley in the Highlands (6)

23 To heat in order to fix colours on, as glass (6)

25 A type of Japanese porcelain, richly decorated in red, green and blue (5)

Last week’s solution:

Across: 1 Comfitures, 9 Phot, 10 Reticulate, 11 Rostra, 12 Pleon, 15 Bhang, 18 Spain, 19 Rackett, 20 Fosse, 21 Erose, 22 Beguine, 23 Ronde, 24 Negus, 26 Angst, 29 Axioms, 31 Australian, 32 Etna, 33 Alexandria.

Down: 2 Ogee, 3 Foison, 4 Trump, 5 Reate, 6 Stern, 7 Chittagong, 8 Attainders, 13 Lucigen, 14 Olefins, 15 Bifurcates, 16 Assentient, 17 Grebe, 18 Steen, 25 Euclid, 26 Asana, 27 Geste, 28 Tarka, 30 Mali.