April 2016 Skeptical Crossword

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

THEME: Homeopathy

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STANDARD CLUES (Scroll down for Cryptic clues)

ACROSS

1. Enquire [3]
3. See 25 down
6. Element 78’s symbol [2]
7. Mix violently as when serially diluting a homeopathic active principle [7]
9. Summit [3]
11. Homeopath’s term for conventional treatment of disease, with remedies having opposite effects to symptoms [9]
13. Held in common by two or more parties [6]
14. & 31 across: Source of the active ingredient of Oscillococcinum, a popular homeopathic influenza remedy; this active ingredient being diluted one part to 10400 parts water! [4, 5]
16. Short title of Samuel Hahnemann’s book in which he describes the principles and practice of homeopathy [7]
17. With cold anger or unfriendliness [5]
20. In homeopathic terms, ascertaining the action of specific medicines on human health; roughly analogous to the clinical trials of orthodox medicine, but lacking control samples [7]
21. Large or scholarly book [4]
23. His Number is an embarrassment for homeopathic theory [8]
24. Reducing the concentration of a solute in solution: in Homeopathy, this often proceeds until none of the solute (active ingredient) physically remains [8]
27. Royal cipher of the first English Queen Elizabeth [2]
29. Enemy [3]
30. _ _ _ _ _ FORCE: The energy that maintains life in the individual, according to homeopathic belief [5]
31. See 14 across
32. System of medicine developed by Samuel Hahnemann in which disease is treated with dilutions of agents which in undiluted form produce similar symptoms [10]

DOWN:
1. Able, appropriate [3]
2. Classical portico or colonnade [4]
3. Complete disorder [5]
4. A major reason for Homeopathy’s continuing influence is the support it receives in British _ _ _ _ _ circles [5]
5. The treatment of a disease with the identical disease agent [8]
7. Utter words to convey feelings, opinions, intentions or instructions [3]
8. Potency scale used in homeopathic pharmacy, based on serial hundred-fold dilutions of the active principle [10]
10. Medicine or procedure prescribed for psychological benefit rather than physiological effect [7]
12. Founder of Homeopathy [9]
13. To maintain continuously recorded observation e.g. on a patient’s vital signs [7]
14. Stone fruit [5]
15. Metamorphic rock [7]
18. Gear tooth [3]
19. Guided, conducted [3]
22. The claimed strength of a homeopathic remedy, which is determined by how many times the remedy has been succussed and diluted during preparation [7]
24. Member of Celtic priesthood [5]
25. & 3 across & 25 down (again): Major principle of homeopathy, sometimes called The Law of Similars [4, 5,4]
26. Hibernian [5]
28. Desist [4]
29. Having a level surface [4]
30. Compete [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
1. Cut short job request [3]
3. See 25 down
6. USMTB [2]
7. Smash hit is weak as water [7]
9. Apogee of vessel running back [3]
11. Tallyho Pa! We have the treatment [9]
13. Diacritic changed to indicate common interest [6]
14. & 31 across: Zero score hepatic delicacy [4, 5]
16. No argon found in Hahnemann [7]
17. Chemical firm has 50 there in France for cool treatment [5]
20. Confirming non-amateur has nothing against wine with gravity [7]
21. Book sent in my direction [4]
23. V/n = k he says [8]
24. Set lid in, out for concentration [8]
27. Palace rooms house head of state [2]
29. Enemy is oddly frozen [3]
30. Temperature in small medicine container is essential [5]
31. See 14 across
32. Himmler had something similar, but he was not singing Sam’s song [10]

DOWN:
1. Fixed faucet is appropriate [3]
2. Promenade mixed cereal [4]
3. In the beginning was [5]
4. Park, flush or hotel [5]
5. Pay hoist adjustment for quackery [8]
7. Posit scaly odds [3]
8. Homeopathic potency makes a tense claim [10]
10. Feel good effect provided by militant organisation incorporating current flat note [7]
12. If I want a cure I shall not look upon his like again [9]
13. Motor in to record history [7]
14. Prude can adapt to fruity usage [5]
15. Get rain from mineral [7]
18. Extract negative from African river to get gear projection [3]
19. Guided to the light [3]
22. As homeopathic remedies are reduced in concentration, this increases beyond all imagining [7]
24. User of Christmas trees before there was a Christmas [5]
25. & 3 across & 25 down (again): Cue silkier elk for homeopathic notion [4, 5, 4]
26. People from whom flair is heard [5]
28. Cease at change of post [4]
29. Semitone down [4]
30. Take on French life [3]

SOLUTION

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