April 2014 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: General

By Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

44 grid

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“STRAIGHT” CLUES (Scroll down for cryptic clues)

CLUES ACROSS:
2. Wading birds of the heron family [8]
7. & 9 across: Koala-like cryptid (Two words: [4], [4])
9. See 7 across
12 & 14 across: Roman Catholic prelature featured in The Da Vinci Code (Two words: [4], [3])
14. See 12 across:
15. Printer’s measure [2]
16. Prepare for publication [6]
19. Nostradamus’s preferred poetic form [8]
20. & 21 across: Widely used personality test of doubtful validity (Two words: [5], [6])
21. See 20 across
23. We [2]
25. Point in a network at which pathways intersect [4]
27. Subject of a mystery religion practised in the Roman Empire particularly by the military. [7]
30. Suspicious (slang) [5]
32. Large, thick, flat piece of stone, typically a rectangular prism [4]
33. (Cooking) Decorated with a sweet glaze [4]
35. Contrived for a desired impression [6]
37. Infant [3]
38. Payment in exchange for professional services [3]
40. Wisdom personified [5]
43. Protection of the interests of the buying public [11]
45. Apiarist’s tools of trade [8]
46. Prompt [3]
47. Nearer [6]
49. Form of argument based on comparisons between two things having some similarity [7]
50. Stylised religious portrait [4]
52. Beverage made from fermented honey [4]
53. Lead’s symbol [2]
54. Fool or simpleton [5]
55. Falsehoods [4]
57. Hunt, quest [7]
60. Macromolecule that transfers genetic characteristics [3]
61. Religious military order founded about 1118, suppressed in 1312 [8]
63. Charged atoms [4]
66. Marks resembling the wounds of Christ [8]
69. Mechanical device for cutting or forming material [3]
70. Ratite bird [3]
71. Study of elections [10]
74. Cavil [4]
77. Make an offer [3]
79. Revered son-in-law of Muhammad [3]
81. Covered pastry dish [3]
84. Pretenders to medical skill [6]
86. Felines [4]
88. The Negative [2]
90. Worshippers of Haile Selassie [9]
91. Make ashamed or embarrassed [5]
93. Norse epic [4]
95. Divination using tea leaves [11]
99. Flat, shallow receptacle [4]
100. In Confucianism and Zen Buddhism, the underlying natural order of the universe [3]
101. (&102 across) Property of a device that would continue to operate indefinitely in defiance of the Second Law of Thermodynamics (Two words, [9], [6])
102. See 101 across
103. Grass stalk [4]
104. Collective term for Australian aboriginal creation myths [8]

CLUES DOWN:
1. Reward over and above what is due [5]
3. (Psych) That part of a person’s subconscious which relates to basic needs and desires [2]
4. Arranged in threes [7]
5. Fasten using string, ribbon or cord [3]
6. Greek forest deity with goat-like features [5]
8 (& 24 Down): Scarpomancy: Divination using _____ ______ (Two words, [3], [5])
9. Indonesian holiday resort island [4]
10. Arranges in a straight line [6]
11. Arachnid’s snare [6]
13. Foretelling the future using a crystal ball [7]
15. Supply with necessary items [5]
17. Roman 900 [2]
18. Ancient Celtic religious functionary [5]
22. (& 41 Down) Deity celebrated on December 25 (Two words, [3], [8])
24. See 8 Down
26.Relevant facts or statistics [4]
28. (& 55 down): Lost Horizon’s place of complete bliss, delight and peace (Two words, [7], [2])
29. In _ _ _ _ ; on site, in place [4]
30. Outdoor fundraiser [4]
31. UFO Central [7]
34. (& 56 down): Einstein considered this merely “the sum of all prejudices gained by age 18” (Two words, [6], [5])
36. Supposed ability to move objects by mental power [11]
38. Soft pear-shaped fruit [3]
39. Unborn or unhatched offspring in the early stages of development [7]
41. See 22 down
42. (& 54 down & 76 down. World’s favourite cryptid? (Three words, [4], [4], [7])
43. Prophetess, doomed to be always accurate but never believed [9]
44 (& 59 down) Confidence trick (Two words, [4], [4])
48. Practitioner of medicine following orthodox rather than homeopathic principles [8]
49. Aid, assist [4]
51. System of alternative medicine which says that diseases can be treated or prevented without drugs [11]
53. Ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter [2]
54. See 42 down
55. See 28 down
56. See 34 down
57. Prefix signifying the paranormal [3]
58. Hindu queen [4]
59. See 44 down
62. Collected wisdom of Confucius [8]
64. Hypothetical force once thought responsible for natural phenomena such as magnetism, light and hypnotism [4]
65. Inverse of cos [3]
67. Mass communication collectively. [5]
68. Large flat-bottomed container [3]
72. Female oracle [5]
73. Fluid substance which expands freely to fill any space available [3]
75. Trump cards in a tarot deck [6]
76. See 42 down
78. Total lack of meaning or ideas [7]
80. Muslim prayer leader [4]
81. Addressed a deity as a supplicant [6]
82. Break free from confinement [6]
83. SI unit of pressure [6]
85. Of the preceding month [3]
87. Famous English racecourse [5]
89. Aquatic propulsion device [3]
92. Short stick [5]
94. Be or become wide open [4]
96. Dreary, dull, drab, dry [4]
97. Trigonometric ratio [4]
98. Egg [4]
103. Otherwise [2]

CRYPTIC CLUES

CLUES ACROSS:

2. Heron is part sterninaes [8]
7. & 9 across: Bar Pedro. He can create fearsome creature for recruits in the bush (Two words: [4], [4])
9. See 7 across
12 & 14 across: Pious Ed is doing God’s work (Two words: [4], [3])
14. See 12 across:
15. Directions for measurement [2]
16. Communist legislation readied for publication [6]
19. AAAA, AABB, or ABAB [8]
20. & 21 across: Sounds as if department store’s ship board cells could be a test of personality?validity (Two words: [5], [6])
21. See 20 across
23. America is out of order [2]
25. Gesture to the orient. It is terminal [4]
27. He knocked off the bull and became a legend [7]
30. Formula One reticent? A bit suspicious [5]
32. Take sulphur to the chemical workshop to make a base [4]
33. Is chilled after being chopped and reduced by 500 [4]
35. Deer with Efficiency Decoration is contrived [6]
37. Bite the child [3]
38. Iron, oriented, develops a charge [3]
40. Bulgarian city for the wise? [5]
43. Mum’s cronies shape up to protect customers [11]
45. Where they dwell produces skin rash from insects? [8]
46. Pool tool takes/is a tip [3]
47. Proximal shutter? [6]
49. Sphincter studies for comparison? [7]
50. I cheat to make religious picture [4]
52. Twisted panto character produces alcoholic drink [4]
53. Personal best gives a lead [2]
54. Hotel in New York for foolish person [5]
55. Assumes a horizontal position to project untruths [4]
57. Usurp it for chase [7]
60. Dyslexic conjunction creates bio-identifier [3]
61. Fixed alps term for crusaders [8]
63. Chinese adjusted charged molecules [4]
66. Mitt saga creates ecstatic wounds [8]
69. Take time from regimen to pass away [3]
70. To copy without being tardy gives us the bird [3]
71. Use sly peg hoop to take pulse of electorate [10]
74. Grumpy fish? [4]
77. Dumb idea includes offer [3]
79. Tribal in group includes Muhammad’s relative [3]
81. Make a meal of ratio x Euler’s number [3]
84. Sounds of snake oil merchants? [6]
86. Modified dropping = source of such dropping [4]
88. Negative form of an oxide of nitrogen? [2]
90. Take art safari to find African spiritual movement [9]
91. Tar residue to embarrass [5]
93. Epic tale of small arms and gallium [4]
95. Moss cyanate provides a form of divination [11]
99. Heat rays provide a platform [4]
100. There is no point giving a clue; it is not definable [3]
101. (&102 across) Ampere into pluto – shake it up, it can go on forever (Two words, [9], [6])
102. See 101 across
103. Take back the elk for woodwind [4]
104. A quantity of paper involved in a minor collision creates images in the mind [8]

CLUES DOWN:
1. A note on responsibility – a tip [5]
3. Lazy without French article – an instinctual mind set [2]
4. In baseball, descriptive of base 3 ? [7]
5. Neck decoration is equal [3]
6. Pan’s offsider acts the goat [5]
8 (& 24 Down): Antiquated footwear resulted in sold hose (Two words, [3], [5])
9. Academic takes lithium to find Indonesian island [4]
10. Slanders, but omits 1,000 to pull in to line [6]
11. Swan network? [6]
13. To foresee small weeping [7]
15. Energy jest fits out [5]
17. Centimetres = 900? [2]
18. Radioactive element interrupts doctor identification of old Celt [5]
22. (& 41 Down) Arrange Consul visit for Roman soldiers’ patron (Two words, [3], [8])
24. See 8 Down
26. Take a small amount back to get a set of values of variables [4]
28. (& 55 down): Sing Lahar to find place of peace (Two words, [7], [2])
29. Outfit disturbed to place [4]
30. A celebration sounds like your lot [4]
31. UFO siting? [7]
34. (& 56 down): Ability to detect open public land (Two words, [6], [5])
36. Else kin site changes to get things moving [11]
38. Note, normal gravity produces fruit [3]
39. Develop PNG town for organisms in rudimentary state [7]
41. See 22 down
42. (& 54 down & 76 down. Seen by Scots after Scotch? (Three words, [4], [4], [7])
43. At the other end of the spectrum from Pollyanna [9]
44 (& 59 down) Modify morning grind very loudly. It is hocus pocus (Two words, [4], [4])
48. Alpha lot can actually be orthodox [8]
49. Sounds as if a wager can assist? [4]
51. Tune yon taut harp for quackery [11]
53. The Bible tells us it is equal to 3 [2]
54. See 42 down
55. See 28 down
56. See 34 down
57. Psychological pressure? [3]
58. Shower upset Indian queen [4]
59. See 44 down
62. Confucius say … [8]
64. Mysterious force found in body line tests [4]
65. Dry trig ratio? [3]
67. Press remains after funny man drops fraud [5]
68. Brass drops a note for a bath [3]
72. Her prophecies are all Greek to me [5]
73. Droop back is fluid [3]
75. Analytical reagents calcium and sodium are trumps [6]
76. See 42 down
78. Take odds from sign rain wintry that it is a fatuous character [7]
80. Cripple, twisted, but still leads in prayer [4]
81. Public Relations, yes to 500. Sought divine help [6]
82. Directions: Take calcium with physical education to break free [6]
83. Eponymous bet on after-life [6]
85. Remove 100 from sect last month [3]
87. Turn coats make for the races [5]
89. Galley tool to get things moving [3]
92. Get stick for failing to declare [5]
94. Stare in bemusement at germanium containing armour-piercing component [4]
96. Attack turns dry [4]
97. Crass ineptitude hides function [4]
98. Chromosome contributor [4]
103. Alternative sounds fearsomely wonderful [2]

SOLUTION

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