FACTFINDER’S CROSS­WORD

The Scotsman - - WEEKEND PUZZLER - HUGH JOHN­SON

ACROSS

1 Re­stored strong­hold near Stir­ling built in the late 14th cen­tury ( 5,6)

9 A char­ac­ter in Sake­speare’s The Tem­pest

( 5)

10 The of­fi­cers col­lec­tively of a war­ship ( 4- 4) 12 A minia­ture 3- D scene with fig­ures ( 7) 13 Edith __ ( 1887 - 1964), Scar­bor­ough- born

poet cre­ated a dame in 1954 ( 7)

14 John __ ( 1735 - 1826), the sec­ond pres­i­dent

of the USA ( 5)

15 Her­bert __ ( 1850 - 1916), army of­fi­cer ap­pointed Sec­re­tary of State for War in 1914 ( 9)

18 Evaded ( a re­spon­si­bil­ity) ( 9)

20 A pa­pil­iona­ceous plant with flow­ers on long

spikes ( 5)

21 A slight hint, or vague no­tion ( 7)

24 A siren of the Rhine in Ger­manic leg­end ( 7) 25 An ob­ject sup­posed to have mag­i­cal

pow­ers ( 8)

26 Old name for ni­tro­gen ( 5)

27 Hav­ing an op­ti­mistic view of the world,

from a char­ac­ter in Voltaire’s Can­dide ( 11)

DOWN

2 City in north­ern France ( pop 115,000), with a cathe­dral built in the 17th cen­tury ( 7) 3 Suf­folk town ( pop about 20,000), a ma­jor horse rac­ing cen­tre ( 9)

4 The god­dess of agri­cul­ture in Ro­man mythol­ogy ( 5)

5 A term of im­pris­on­ment ( coll) ( 7)

6 Ser­gio __ ( 1929 - 89), film di­rec­tor re­garded as the in­ven­tor of Spaghetti Westerns ( 5) 7 Coun­try in the Mid­dle East ( 830 sq miles; pop about 32 mil­lion), es­tab­lished in 1932 ( 5,6)

8 A Cre­tan mon­ster with a bull’s head and a man’s body in Greek mythol­ogy ( 8) 11 Cit­i­zens of a city in north­ern Italy ( pop about 380,000), the site of the Uf­fizi Gallery ( 11)

16 Fields that are sub­merged in sea water at a flood tide ( 9)

17 A trick- tak­ing card game, akin to Euchre

( 8)

19 Mov­ing with a smooth continuous mo­tion

( 7)

20 City in south­ern Cyprus ( pop about 50,000), built on the ru­ins of an­cient Ci­tium ( 7)

22 An Aus­tralian mar­su­pial like a small bear

( 5)

23 A dish of okra pods sea­soned ( 5)

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