Geographic Crossword by Chalicea No 145

Here’s one to set you thinking about countries. If you prefer to work on the interactive version, click on this LINK.

Across

    7  Second largest continent (6)

    8  Scandinavian kingdom in the eastern part of the Scandinavian Peninsula (6)

    9  Island in Indonesia to the south of Borneo; one of the world’s most densely populated regions (4)

  10  Language or speech of one individual at a particular period in life (8)

  11  Republic in northwestern Africa on the Mediterranean Sea with a population that is predominantly Sunni Muslim; colonized by France in the 19th century but gained autonomy in the early 1960s (7)

  13  Republic in the Asian subcontinent in southern Asia; second most populous country in the world; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1947 (5)

  15  Severe and often fatal disease in humans and nonhuman primates (monkeys and chimpanzees) caused by a virus (5)

  17  City recognized by the United States as the capital of the Ivory Coast; largest city of the Ivory Coast (7)

  20  Capital and largest city of Nepal (8)

  21  Town in western Alaska on the southern coast of the Seward Peninsula; an important centre of an Alaskan gold rush at the beginning of the 20th century (4)

  23  Northern family of Germanic languages that are spoken in Scandinavia and Iceland (6)

  24  Republic in central Africa; formerly controlled by Great Britain and called Northern Rhodesia until it gained independence within the commonwealth in 1964 (6)

 

Down

    1  King of Mercia 757-96 who organised the construction of a Dyke (4)

    2  Roman procurator of Judea who ordered that Jesus be crucified (died in AD 36) (6)

    3  Republic in southwestern Africa on the south Atlantic coast (formerly called South West Africa); achieved independence from South Africa in 1990 (7)

    4  Savoury jelly based on fish or meat stock used as a mould for meats or vegetables (5)

    5  Island in the Indian Ocean off the southeastern coast of India (6)

    6  Communist nation that covers a vast territory in eastern Asia; the most populous country in the world (3,5)

  12  Section of a province in the eastern part of a large peninsula in northeastern Canada (8)

  14  Mountainous region of central Italy on the Adriatic (7)

  16  11th letter of the Greek alphabet (6)

  18  Generator consisting of a coil (the armature) that rotates between the poles of an electromagnet (the field magnet) causing a current to flow in the armature (6)

  19  (North UK) a door latch (5)

  22  Be agitated (4)

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