Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 15/02/2014

Saturday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 A Logierait-born philosopher (1723 - 1816) who wrote an Essay on the History of Civil Society (1767)(4,8)

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8 A hard bituminous substance, anciently used as a cement (7)

9 A small, tufted, rushlike moorland grass (7)

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11 Old type size, giving about six lines to the inch (4)

12 A transmitter of family lore in Gaelic areas (10)

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14 To yoke to a vehicle, especially in South Africa (6)

15 Coarse-grained foliated metamorphic rocks (8)

17 Old-fashioned term for a fine-grained intimate

mixture of quartz and orthoclase (8)

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19 A nervous disease, St Vitus’s dance (6)

22 Relating to the tangle genus of brown seaweeds(10)

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23 Siberian city, a major river port (pop over 1 million)(4)

25 Describing a triangle with three unequal sides (7)

26 Kathleen __ ( 1912 - 53), a Lancashire-born contralto

who sang at the first Edinburgh Festival (1947) (7)

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27 The chief male sex hormone (12)

DOWN

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1 Domesticated animals akin to the llama (7)

2 Robert __ (1728 - 92), Kirkcaldy-born architect who

was joint Architect of the King’s Works (1761 -69) (4)

3 Private school in Edinburgh, founded in1870 (6)

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4 An animal that chews the cud (8)

5 A sheet of microfilm storing a great number ofrecords (10)

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6 Large west African trees with whitish wood (7)

7 A range of hills to the north of Glasgow (7,5)

10 Tweed hats with peaks in front and back, and flaps

at the side covering the ears (12)

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13 Temporary quarters for troops on manoeuvres (10)

16 Tubes used to bring air to submerged swimmers(8)

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18 A feast at shearing time (4-3)

20 A cos lettuce (7)

21 Device used to regulate or divert the flow of liquid,

gas, sound-waves, etc (6)

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24 A large southern constellation (4)

Last week’s solution:

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Across: 1 Patrick Hamilton, 9 Genevan, 10 Hookers, 11 Siberia, 12 Looming, 13 Sierra, 14 Delivery, 16 Platypus, 18 Onager, 22 Ostrava, 23 Demerit,24 Ariette, 25 Gleaner, 26 Contentiousness

Down: 1 Pegasus, 2 Tenable, 3 Inveraray Castle, 4 Kansas, 5 Achilles, 6 Isotopic numbers, 7 Taeniae, 8 Nosegay, 15 Budapest, 16 Prosaic, 17 Antlion, 19 Garonne, 20 Retards, 21 Adagio