Factfinder’s crossword - The Scotsman 29/09/12

Saturday’s puzzle...

ACROSS

1 The largest expanse of fresh water in Great Britain by surface area (27.5 sq miles) (4,6)

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9 Beatrice __ (1858-1943), Gloucester-born social reformer who was a co-founder of the LSE (4)

10 The edible fruit of a tropical American passion flower (10)

11 Johannes __ (1571-1630), a German astronomer, best known for his rules of planetary motion (6)

12 Country in the South Pacific (258 sq miles; pop about 100,000), independent since 1970 (5)

15 An assembly, parliament, council etc (hist) (5)

18 Don __ (1915-2000), US tennis player, first man to win all four grand-slam titles in the same year (1938) (5)

19 City in Texas (pop about 120,000), founded as a cattle-shipping centre in 1881 (7)

20 An artificial fishing fly (5)

21 Large Egyptian peninsula (about 25,000 sq miles), occupied by Israel from 1967 to 1982 (5)

22 A metal-soled wooden golf club (7)

23 River in Belize, flowing 93 miles into the Caribbean Sea (5)

24 Old term for a beam or shaft (of a cart, for example) (5)

26 Thomas __ (1737-1809), Thetford-born radical who wrote The Rights of Man (1791) (5)

29 The form of an insect between moult and moult (6)

31 West-coast town, the site of the former Argyll Motor Works (10)

32 German river, rising in the Tyrol and flowing 183 miles into the Danube (4)

33 High-sounding (10)

DOWN

2 A tropical fruit of the mallow family with edible pods (4)

3 Jim __ (1936-90), US puppeteer, best known for creating the Muppets (6)

4 Rumour or hearsay (Fr) (2,3)

5 A type of acrylic fibre, or the crease-resistant fabric made from it (5)

6 Asian capital city (pop about 14 million), known as the City of Mosques (5)

7 The deadly nightshade (10)

8 Bird fancier’s name for the siskin (10)

13 Region of southern Japan (867 sq miles; pop about 1.4 million), the site of a major battle in 1945 (7)

14 A rock composed of quartz and mica, often with topaz (7)

15 Inflammation of the windpipe (10)

16 Citizen of an Asian country (735,638 sq miles; pop about 240 million) independent since 1949 (10)

17 Greta __ (1905-90), Swedish film actress who starred in Ninotchka (1939) (5)

18 Attack somebody (or something) from all sides (5)

25 A boat rowed by three, the second with two oars (6)

26 West African capital city (pop about 130,000), founded in 1615 (5)

27 Jacques __ (1890-1962), French composer, best known for Divertissement (1930) (5)

28 Harold __ (b1928), Manchester-born journalist who edited the Sunday Times (1967-81) (5)

30 Ancient Chinese city (pop about 6.5 million), one of the four great ancient capitals (4)