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Polymath Crossword No. 16




Across

1. Sacred Hindu text in the form of a dialogue between Krishna and the hero Arjuna (8,4)
7. English essayist (1775-1834) influential in the revival of interest in Elizabethan drama (4)
11. Language used as a lingua franca in the Near East from the sixth century BC (7)
12. A kind of machine-woven patterned carpet with a cut pile (9)
13. Shipping forecast area to the south of Shannon and Fastnet (4)
14. Opera by Giuseppe Verdi first performed in 1853 (2,9)
16. The islands of the Pacific and adjacent seas (7)
17. Pseudonym of Samuel Langhorne Clemens (4,5)
18. The smallest city in Yorkshire (5)
20. Brightest star in the constellation Cygnus (5)
22. Game in which the terms 'zugzwang' and 'fianchetto' are used (5)
24. The long flexible trunk or snout of some mammals such as the elephant or tapir (9)
27. Non-surgical treatment of a physical or mental disorder (7)
29. A car with a folding or detachable roof (11)
31. Félicien --, Belgian artist renowned for his illustrations of the works of Baudelaire (4)
33. Roman poet, author of "De Rerum Natura" (9)
34. A folded round of pizza dough with a savoury filling (7)
35. The maximum distance between the tips of the thumb and little finger (4)
36. French company that developed Concorde in partnership with BAC (12)
Down

1. A ship's breadth at its widest point (4)
2. Culinary term describing beef that has been braised in wine (1,2,4)
3. King of Argos, leader of the Greek army in the Trojan War (9)
4. First name of the author A. J. Cronin (9)
5. Film for which George Stevens won an Oscar as Best Director in 1957 (5)
6. A circular frame for holding fabric taut while it is being embroidered (7)
8. An instrument formerly used to make astronomical observations as an aid to navigation (9)
9. A bud or young shoot (7)
10. In law, a person under the age of eighteen (6)
15. Stiff coarse fibre from the outer husk of the coconut (4)
17. The deified souls of dead ancestors (5)
19. Ancient country consisting of city states in what is now Syria and Lebanon (9)
21. Plant of the genus Ranunculus with bright yellow flowers (9)
22. American automobile company whose first model, the "Classic Six", appeared in 1912 (9)
23. Largest of the Inner Hebrides (4)
24. Vegetables, preserved in brine, vinegar, mustard, etc. and used as a relish (7)
25. Former secondary school exam, replaced in 1988 by the GCSE (1,5)
26. A transparent yellow variety of quartz, also called false topaz (7)
28. An ancient two-handled narrow- necked jar for oil or wine (7)
30. A sumo wrestling tournament (5)
32. Goddess of youth and spring, in Greek mythology (4)