Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 09/03/13

Saturday’s puzzle

This week’s prize is a copy of Dotter of her Father’s Eyes by Mary M and Bryan Talbot, 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

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1 Historic county town, and royal burgh, close to the ruins of Restenneth Priory (6)

4 Robert __ (c1420-c1490), poet who wrote The Testament of Cresseid (8)

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9 Former county town, and royal burgh, a Covenanting centre in the 17th century (6)

10 A dwarf planet of the inner solar system (8)

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12 Siberian river, rising in China and flowing 2,655 miles into the River Ob (5)

13 A large, long-winged seabird (9)

14 Type of Indian clay oven (7)

15 The killer whale genus (4)

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19 Henry __ (1767-1830), Linlithgow-born shipbuilder who directed the making of the Comet (4)

21 A constituent of blood serum (7)

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24 A thick-milled woollen cloth cap (9)

26 The trembling poplar (5)

27 Australian state (35,042 sq miles; pop about 500,000), first settled in 1803 (8)

28 Diego __ (1886-1957), Mexican artist, best known for his murals (6)

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29 An equilateral cross with four arms bent at right angles (8)

30 To colour with red ochre, or rouge coarsely (6)

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Down

1 The nuts of a cultivated hazel (8)

2 Rare term for reluctant or recalcitrant (8)

3 An instrument for examining the ear (9)

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5 Mozambique-born footballer (b 1942), who played 64 times for Portugal (7)

6 To dry or cure with smoke (5)

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7 A runner or shoot from the base of a plant (6)

8 Having knots or swellings (6)

11 Tommy __ (1913-86), Welsh boxer known as the Tonypandy Terror (4)

16 Country in Central America (19,653 sq miles; pop about 4.5 million), fully independent since 1838 (5,4)

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17 Composite plant like a spineless thistle (8)

18 Fill with an overwhelming abundance (8)

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20 Island capital and port (pop about 7,500), a major service centre for the oil industry (7)

21 A semiprecious stone with bands of colour (4)

22 Coloured toy marbles, resembling banded gemstones (6)

23 Historic country of south-west Asia (636, 372 sq miles; pop about 75 million), defeated by Alexander the Great in 330 BC (6)

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25 Ulysses S __ (1822-85), general who became the 18th president of the United States (5)

Last week’s solution:

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Across: 8 Penelope, 9 Gansey, 10 Street, 11 Shagreen, 12 Esse, 13 Vietnamese, 15 Calends, 17 Carboys, 20 Puerto Rico, 22 Laos, 24 Adelaide,

26 Ibadan, 27 Teasel, 28 Trapezia.

Down: 1 Fettes, 2 Terebene, 3 Montevideo, 4 Leister, 5 Agra, 6 Antrim, 7 Kerensky, 14 Neapolitan, 16 Amundsen, 18 Ballater, 19 Ailette, 21 Relish, 23 Oxalis, 25 Idle.

Winner: Neill Campbell, Kilmarnock