August 2013 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

Theme: ALT-MED

By Roy Arnott and Ken Greatorex

36 grid

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“STRAIGHT” CLUES: across (SCROLL DOWN FOR CRYPTIC CLUES)

1. Note [4]
5. Equestrian field day [8]
9. Doctrine that ascribes physical well-being to a vital principle other than chemical and physical forces. [8]
13. Substance having no pharmacological effect administered as a control in testing the efficacy of a medicine [7]
14. & 16 across: Tackling disease with prayer or other religious practice (Two words, [5],[7])
16. See 14 across
18. On the basis of reason and logic [10]
19. Ooze [4]
21. Final, conclusive, after making all allowances [3]
22. & 23 across: Medically inert keratinous part of a large mammal much in demand as a Chinese traditional medicine (Two words, [5],[4])
23. See 22 across
24. American tram [9]
26. Article of word-play [3]
28. Having the same numerical value [5]
29. Limitless; universal [6]
31. Partial bone dislocation, of particular significance in Chiropractic [11]
33. Sound transmitted by electrical waves [5]
36. Latin king [3]
37. Adjuration for evil spirits to depart the body [8]
39. Closed repeating process [4]
41. (abb) Alt-med treatment based on the supposition that human bodies routinely require special assistance to rid themselves of normal metabolic wastes [5]
43. In Science, an agreed reference amount of a given quantity [4]
44. Kind of nut [5]
46. Residence [5]
47. Quack [9]
49. Sucking insects [4]
50. Den [4]
51. Sack [3]
52. Japanese massage technique that uses acupressure [7]
53. Hemp-derived narcotic [7]
54. Making a profit out of sacred things [6]
55. Employ [3]
57. Reproduced in motion picture form [6]
58. Percy Bysshe _ _ _ _ _ _ _, poet [7]
61. Small group of soldiers, police or team sports participants [5]
64. (abb) Technique of ancient Hindu origin, by which relaxation is sought through meditation and chanting. [2]
66. Over-the-counter (over prescribed?) dietary supplement used to alleviate symptoms of arthritis. [11]
68. Vessel [3]
70. Lean end of a neck of veal or mutton [5]
72. Therapy in which the practitioner channels energy into the patient to heal or restore wellbeing [5]
73. Location [4]
75. Any of the seven major energy centres in the body as recognised in yoga [6]
78. Kind [4]
80. Discredited science of ascribing skull shape to behavioural attributes [10]
81. Eminence [4]
82. Full-body diagnosis based on the appearance of the coloured portion of the eye. [9]
83. This current month [4]
84. Imperial unit of length [4]
86. Past [3]
87. & 88 Across: Paranormal healing by removal of diseased organs without leaving a wound (Two words [7], [7])

“STRAIGHT” CLUES: down

1. Method of storing text or graphics in archival form on film [10]
2. Of the eye [5]
3. Attractive physical force other than static or gravitic; often used as the basis of dubious alt-med devices [8]
4. Approach to both orthodox and alternative healthcare based on prevention of illness [8]
5. Proceed [2]
6. German monarch [6]
7. Continuous dull pain [4]
8. Residue of combustion [3]
9. By way of [3]
10. Excursion [4]
11. Multitude [6]
12. & 35 down: Evaluation by a doctor to confirm or provide an alternative to an earlier diagnosis by a different doctor (Two words, [6], [7])
15. Vietnamese New Year celebration [3]
17. & 49 down: In accord with current and valid research findings (Two words, [8], [5])
20. Given to speaking or writing at great or tedious length. [6]
21. System of treating disease that employs no surgery or synthetic drugs [11]
23. Native dance [4]
25. As of a hollow flexible cylinder [7]
26. Convulsions [9]
27. & 45 down: Aural cleaning method both ineffective and dangerous (Two words, [3], [8])
30. Imaginary line on the Earth’s surface from the North Pole to the South Pole; also refers to a “channel” in traditional Chinese medicine [8]
32. Of the Lone Star State [5]
34. & 56 down & 78 down: Orthodox medical procedure for performing a clinical appraisal of a drug’s efficacy (Three words, [6], [5], [5])
35. see 12 down
38. Homeopathic dilution technique [10]
40. Companion animal [3]
42. Rugged [5]
45. see 27 down
46. Evaluate, estimate, appraise [6]
48. Therapeutic use of plant-derived, aromatic essential oils [12]
49. see 17 down
51. Mean, vile, low, ignoble [4]
53. In ancient medical belief, these four body fluids affect human personality [7]
56. see 34 down
59. Therapeutic system in which medicines may contain infinitesimal amounts of active ingredient [10]
60. One of two all-pervasive complementary forces in Traditional Chinese Medicine [3]
62. Medical practice carried out in ignorance of scientific findings [8]
63. Bread precursor [5]
65. Motto, quotation, inscription [8]
67. In statistics, an observation which appears to deviate markedly from other members of the same sample is said to be this [8]
69. Demon OR addict [5]
71. With bitterness, sarcasm or vitriol [6]
74. To lock together or be engaged [4]
76. Associate, confederate [4]
77. Pseudonym [5]
78. see 34 down
79. The complement of 60 down [4]
85. Swindle [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES: across

1. Prime mover has a message [4]
5. Gary Hank organised for horse meet [8]
9. Mist vial for life force [8]
13. Able cop can make one feel better [7]
14. & 16 across: Unscramble Afghan Hi Lite for belief in a cure (Two words, [5],[7])
16. See 14 across
18. Food share to colleague is logical [10]
19. Fluid ooze in goose epic [4]
21. X back for bottom line [3]
22. & 23 across: Warning device on odd-toed ungulate? (Two words, [5],[4])
23. see 22 across
24. Desire? [9]
26. Not intended! [3]
28. All animals are, but some more than others [5]
29. Insert sulphur in funny man. It is galactic [6]
31. An ox built us for manipulation [11]
33. Common era in South American city receiver production [5]
36. King sits in ruler exam [3]
37. Removal of possessions ? [8]
39. Mounted game adjusted for circuit [4]
41. Bidet oxalic acid contains poison reduction process [5]
43. 1 [4]
44. Get the lithium out of the bird. Nuts! [5]
46. Sailor has lyrical stanza to make an address [5]
47. Anal chart distorted for swindler [9]
49. Problems in German cars? [4]
50. Twisted steel to make a den [4]
51. Take chatter back; get the sack [3]
52. It has us to apply finger pressure [7]
53. Grass to keep off [7]
54. All things are either sacred or profane. The former to ecclesiasts bring gain [6]
55. America looks to the morning sun for adoption [3]
57. Doctor’s notes organised to be recorded [6]
58. Percy was a romantic [7]
61. Australian Army section goes American [5]
64. Remove artillery from street car for company logo [2]
66. Age column is about amino sugar [11]
68. Run disturbed the vessel [3]
70. Top lawyer teamed up with tabloid paper can be a lean person [5]
72. Woo hand job [5]
73. Sounds like the place is quoted [4]
75. Woo vital point [6]
78. Pretty person has a way of writing [4]
80. You would need your head read to believe this [10]
81. A glow from gold and radium [4]
82. The eyes have it [9]
83. Fashionable holy man is immediate [4]
84. Facial projection twisted for short measure [4]
86. Silver with nothing in the past [3]
87. & 88 Across: “ I see an instrument starting with “S”. Is there a scalpel in the theatre?” (Two words [7], [7])

CRYPTIC CLUES: down

1. Firm choice for storing records [10]
2. Twitch at the observation point – light physics [5]
3. Magic net has a pull [8]
4. The capacity of an area to sustain water drilling points? [8]
5. Deity without 500 – begone! [2]
6. Hector Munro mixed up with the Queen; fit for European Monarch [6]
7. Flamboyant manner without Greek god leaves a pain [4]
8. Residue of arsenic and hydrogen [3]
9. Way to go! [3]
10. Smart riposte contains elements of a fall [4]
11. Roman division? [6]
12. & 35 down: The view of the chap in the boxer’s corner? (Two words, [6], [7])
15. Offensive? [3]
17. & 49 down: Acids be evened to be supported by observations (Two words, [8], [5])
20. 59 professionals are wordy [6]
21. Any hurt atop? It is a useless treatment [11]
23. Drag around in Hawaii [4]
25. Bells? [7]
26. Sudden onsets by mass proxy [9]
27. & 45 down: Aural lights? (Two words: [3], [8])
30. French sea with disturbed sub-continent provides half of a great circle [8]
32. Twisted former insect is American [5]
34. & 56 down & 78 down: Doppelganger awning test for proof (Three words, [6], [5], [5])
35. see 12 down
38. In real medicine shaking of the body during an examination, a splashing sound indicating the presence of fluid and air in a body cavity.
In homeopathy, the vigorous shaking of a diluted homeopathic preparation gives it magical powers [10]
40. Phosphorous based extra-terrestrial makes a companion animal [3]
42. To hug makes one strong [5]
45. see 27 down
46. To evaluate sounds like a female donkey [6]
48. Set teary amphora for nice smells [12]
49. see 17 down
51. Barium taking direction for army facility [4]
53. Blood, phlegm, choler and melancholy are caprices [7]
56. see 34 down
59. A lot of expense over practically nothing [10]
60. Ruby incense contains a complementary force [3]
62. The study of zero scores in cricket? [8]
63. Money sounds dear [5]
65. Make pie graph inscription [8]
67. Remote element is not in and untruthful [8]
69. Mate without monarch is addicted [5]
71. To speak this way you would give a reading of less than 7 [6]
74. Game show has filter [4]
76. Lane way lacking energy becomes a friend [4]
77. Mixture of aluminium, iodine and arsenic by another name [5]
78. see 34 down
79. Poxy angst contains a complementary force [4]
85. It is a trick to pilot the vessel [3]

SOLUTION

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