The Big Knowledge Crossword #2


The Unicorn, a constellation south of Gemini and east of Orion (9)
A light open four-wheeled carriage, usually drawn by a pair of horses (7)
10 A line of combustible material, as gunpowder, for leading fire to an explosive charge (5)
11 Decoration of pseudo-oriental inspiration (11)
12 Plato's followers or philosophical system (7)
13 A device for performing calculations, superseded by the electronic calculator (5,4)
14 Japan's third largest city, on the island of Honshu (5)
15 Fictional English county in novels by Anthony Trollope (11)
17 An imaginary place of great wealth (2,6)
19 English county situated between Dorset and Wiltshire (8)
22 A ruling group of three men in ancient Rome (11)
23 City in Germany's Ruhr Valley with a cathedral dedicated in the 9th century (5)
25 Term used in heraldry to describe a beast looking backward (9)
27 Culinary term describing beef that has been braised in wine (1,2,4)
28 One who checks for eye disorders and defects in vision in order to prescribe corrective lenses (11)
29 A stock theme, especially in a literary work (5)
30 US state in which the Petrified Forest National Park is situated (7)
31 An earring or pendant with a large central stone surrounded by small ones (9)


A potent narcotic analgesic drug used as as a substitute for morphine or heroin (9)
A river on the US-Canada border (7)
An ornamental branched holder for more than one candle (11)
Film for which director John G. Avildsen won an Oscar in 1977 (5)
A hold in wrestling in which the opponent's head or body is gripped between the legs (8)
A small cream puff with a filling, as of cream and chocolate sauce (11)
Department of France that has Laon as its capital (5)
The art of chasing, carving, and embossing of metal or other materials (9)
President of Tanzania from 1964 to 1985 (7)
15 One who is near to attaining nirvana but delays doing so because of compassion for human suffering (11)
16 Comic actor who played the title role in the 1996 film "Sgt. Bilko" (5,6)
18 A wild ass of a subspecies native to the Tibetan plateau (9)
20 US state lying between the Mississippi River and the Smoky Mountains (9)
21 Former British coin, withdrawn from circulation in 1961 (8)
22 The principal island of the British Virgin Islands (7)
24 Zodiacal constellation between Libra and Sagittarius (7)
26 1987 action movie starring Sylvester Stallone (5)
27 A fragrant essential oil obtained from petals (5)

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