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Polymath Crossword No. 4




Across

1. Pip's benefactor in "Great Expectations" (4,8)
7. Smallest particle of an element that can take part in a chemical reaction (4)
11. Large pouch worn with a kilt (7)
12. Surname of two 20th century US presidents (9)
13. Brandy made from wine-making residue (4)
14. Roman god of medicine (11)
16. Home of the blessed after death (7)
17. Instrument used by early astronomers to measure the altitude of stars and planets (9)
18. Copland ballet based on American folk material (5)
20. Young pigeon (5)
22. Fibre from the leaves of a Mexican agave plant (5)
24. In tennis, the next point won after deuce (9)
27. Archdeacon in Trollope's "Barchester Towers" (7)
29. Iris Murdoch's first published novel (5,3,3)
31. Land-locked country in south-east Asia (4)
33. Arrangement whereby employees are free to vary their working hours (9)
34. Theft of personal property (7)
35. The wife or widow of a raja (4)
36. Capital of Russia from 1712 until 1918 (2,10)
Down

1. Semicircular or polygonal recess at the east end of a church (4)
2. Marrying outside one's own community, clan, or tribe (7)
3. The largest natural lake in South America (9)
4. Policemen in France and French- speaking countries (9)
5. Libyan king deposed in a coup led by Colonel Gadaffi (5)
6. Lawn game using hoops and mallets (7)
8. Play by Sheridan first performed in 1775 (3,6)
9. French painter, leader of the Fauves (7)
10. Musically, the opposite of staccato (6)
15. Father of Goneril, Regan and Cordelia (4)
17. Blue, in heraldry (5)
19. Director of the film "Brief Encounter" (5,4)
21. Type of board game in which balls are struck into holes (9)
22. Rifles, pistols, light machine- guns, etc. (5,4)
23. Hypothetical straight lines connecting prehistoric sites etc. (4)
24. Water-bearing stratum of permeable rock (7)
25. In classical mythology, a sea-nymph (6)
26. One who denies or disbelieves the existence of God (7)
28. Author of "Walden, or Life in the Woods" (7)
30. Euphemism for the illegitimate daughter of an ecclesiastic (5)
32. English admiral executed, according to Voltaire, "pour encourager les autres" (4)