August 2014 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Religion

By Ken Greatorex & Roy Arnott

48 august grid

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STANDARD CLUES   (Scroll Down for Cryptic Clues)

CLUES ACROSS:
2. Cupola [4]
4. One who assists the priest or celebrant in the performance of religious rites [7]
8. (Hindu, Buddhist, and Jainist) respect for all living things and avoidance of violence towards others [6]
12. Persuade, coax [6]
15. (C of E) Parish’s incumbent clergyman [5]
16. Major religious centre [4]
19. Small island or peninsula [4]
20. Prefix meaning “new” or “revived” [3]
21. Western Asian country in which Shia Islam predominates over Sunni [4]
22. Religious ceremony in which a series of actions are performed according to a prescribed order [6]
23. One who follows a body of beliefs created by L. Ron Hubbard [13]
24. Egyptian goddess and the personification of truth and justice [4]
25. Latin title which translates as both “priest” and “bridge builder” [8]
28. Belief systems, collectively [4]
30. Captivate, bewitch [8]
32. Absolute principle underlying the universe, combining the principles of yin and yang [3]
34. Official remission of sin, historically sold to raise papal finance [10]
37. Related on the mother’s side [6]
38. Charged atom x [3]
39. Shrub native to the Pacific islands and the sedative and anaesthetic drink made from it [4]
41. Relating to moral principles [7]
42. Public celebration of the Eucharist [4]
47. Of deities, spirits, and other mythical beings dwelling under the earth [8]
48. Before [3]
50. Critical explanation or interpretation of scripture [8]
52. Scatters, spreads, broadcasts [4]
55. Bishop’s hat [5]
56. Head of a monastery [5]
59. Suffix meaning “follower of” [3]
60. Multitudinous [4]
61. Relating to bees [5]
63. (Indian religion) the eternal law of the cosmos, inherent in the very nature of things. [6]
64. Christian heretic who believes that salvation is gained through secret knowledge [7]
66. Cunning plan [4]
68. Prophet [4]
70. Beam (as of light) [3]
72. Perform duties for [5]
74. Ancient Persian prophet who founded a religion [9]
75. A large pie filled with meat, vegetables, etc [5]
77. Roman cult deity [7]
78. To lift up on high [5]
80. Incantation [5]
82. Change [5]
83. Free from moisture [3]
84. Sacred bull of the ancient Egyptians [4]
85. & 86 across: Doctrine of the Roman Catholic Church that God protects the Pope from error when he speaks on faith or morality (two words, [5], [13])
86. See 85 Across
87. Organs of visual perception [4]
88. Enmesh, entangle [4]

CLUES DOWN:
1. Teacher of the Jewish Torah [5]
2. Belonging to many religious traditions, this supernatural entity is the personification of evil [5]
3. Major religious centre [5]
5. & 43 down: Follower of Mary Baker Eddy, who taught that illness is an illusion which can be remedied through prayer (two words, [9], [9])
6. The variety of Hinduism which is native to Tibet [7]
7. Scriptural letter [7]
9. One who interprets religious mysteries for a congregation of believers; also a tarot card [10]
10. Members of religious orders who support themselves by begging; e.g. friars, Buddhist monks [10]
11. Description of current Christian individuals or groups as directly continuing the precepts of Jesus’s contemporaneous followers [9]
13. Hidden, as pertaining to mysticism, magic or astrology [6]
14. From the earliest times [6]
17. Mythical evil monstrous humanoid creature, similar to a goblin or troll [3]
18. Compass point equivalent to a bearing of 67.5O [3]
22. Prophesied sudden removal of Christians from the Earth before Jesus’s second coming [7]
26. A western vestibule in some church buildings [7]
27. Strict adherence to and interpretation of basic tenets of scripture [14]
29. Violent blow [4]
31. Biblical oasis (see Exodus 15.23, 16.1 & Numbers 33.9-11) [4]
32. Decades [4]
33. High-ranking Shiite Muslim cleric [9]
35. Incite, provoke [4]
36. Christian feast whose date is linked to the vernal equinox [6]
40. Muslim holy day [6]
43. See 5 down
44. Greek fabulist [5]
45. & 62 down: Collective term for a wide variety of recently developed belief systems (two words, [3], [3])
46. Not bright [3]
49. Pancake-like pastry, common in India [4]
51. Portent [4]
53. Object of worship in many civilisations [3]
54. Film title, (1967 & 2000 versions): comic retelling of the Faust legend [9]
57. Evil, sinful, naughty [3]
58. The Jewish Sabbath [8]
59. Small mischievous devil or sprite [3]
62. See 45 down
64. Whirl (Hint: Jabberwock) [4]
65. Member of the Sacred College which elects Popes from among its own number [8]
67. Angel of the highest Order [8]
68. Spontaneous appearance of the crucifixion wounds of Jesus on a person’s body [8]
69. Inflexibility [8]
71. The Ram in Star-sign astrology [5]
73. In esoteric philosophies, a subtle state of consciousness that transcends the known physical universe [7]
76. A meeting of a legislative body at which all members are present [5]
79. Electro-magnetic radiation capable of penetrating solids [4]
80. Make the motions of boxing without landing heavy blows, as a form of training [4]
81. Roman javelins [4]
84. Suitable [3]
85. Afterthought following the main text of a message [2]

CRYPTIC CLUES

CLUES ACROSS:
2. Shape a common value to form a rounded feature [4]
4. Coy tale of serving member [7]
8. His introduction to medical society demonstrates respect for life [6]
12. Joseph, with 50, takes calcium to urge. [6]
15. Street credit mix up involves clergyman [5]
16. City where there is honour in religious education [4]
19. To be the French surrounded by water [4]
20. Remove nitrogen from gas. That’s new! [3]
21. Precipitation swirls. Not Persia [4]
22. Include informal French in rail adjustment to establish ceremony [6]
23. Set up ecology nits for Hubbard fantasy [13]
24. Egyptian goddess has coma attack [4]
25. Inept fox is capable of being a bridge builder [8]
28. To be with multiple sclerosis establishes belief systems [4]
30. Otolaryngologist with Queen in the hall to charm [8]
32. Nothing thanks, it is a matter of principle [3]
34. Silenced gun can create lack of restraint [10]
37. Measure a twitch found on Mum’s side [6]
38. Negative removed from idea but still charged [3]
39. Leading element with Miss Gardner makes a stunning drink [4]
41. Ale chit can be morally correct [7]
42. F/a [4]
47. Underground spirit: tonic mixed with formaldehyde [8]
48. Before we hear the Republic [3]
50. If the word of God made sense would we need this? [8]
52. Pigs broadcasts [4]
55. Time in the swamp to depict a chessman [5]
56. Take boat b to find the churchman [5]
59. Follower of ionic compound? [3]
60. Academic goes to US city and finds a crowd [4]
61. Insect descriptor obtained by extraction of phosphorous from Roman road [5]
63. US lawyer accepts hurt, but that is the nature of things [6]
64. Cot sign can show heretical believer [7]
66. Nothing in a fold of laminate? It’s a trick! [4]
68. Visionary direction to Queen [4]
70. Depict in literature. Left out to generate beam [3]
72. Five in the dry to provide assistance [5]
74. King in the zoo takes flower for old Persian [9]
75. Hopi rogue, but provides meat and veg dish [5]
77. Rash Tim creates old god [7]
78. Praise a former alternative [5]
80. For the rest, the mobile gun has the measure [5]
82. Edit the last word on the 500 [5]
83. German three sound sec [3]
84. Look for the bull in the soap issue! [4]
85. & 86 across: What I say is true because what I say is true (two words, [5], [13])
86. See 85 Across
87. Sounds like they have it [4]
88. Return part creates snare [4]

CLUES DOWN:
1. Gunner with twisted food catcher can teach from holy book [5]
2. No clue for this one. He made me do it. [5]
3. People magnet [5]
5. & 43 down: Feeling unwell? Change Christ act in Sistine for another Mary (two words, [9], [9])
6. Am Islam, but can change for Tibetan view [7]
7. Wife of an apostle? [7]
9. Another another hip is card reader [10]
10. Fix sanctimonious talk in existence – beggars’ belief [10]
11. Line of succession fixes as top loci [9]
13. Clue not revealed [6]
14. Proper Albert is early [6]
17. Pig-like creature contains a monster [3]
18. Molecular unit of heredity lacks gravity to give bearing [3]
22. Regimental Aid Post has time to place uranium with Engineers. What joy! [7]
26. Part of the church but it is not six sided [7]
27. Devotion to buttocks? [14]
29. Thus 100 kilo. What a blow! [4]
31. Shape citrus fruit for the water hole [4]
32. XX [4]
33. To all: ahoy – I am your spiritual leader [9]
35. Provoke by removing nitrogen from gamete producer [4]
36. Are set to provide moveable feast [6]
40. Girl in cooking process towards end of week [6]
43. See 5 down
44. Fabulist strikes a pose [5]
45. & 62 down: Updated paper presents unsubstantiated beliefs (two words, [3], [3])
46. Turn down the music [3]
49. One hill back for Indian dish [4]
51. Sounds like a mathematical curve presents a message [4]
53. Star 4.37 light years from Alpha Centauri [3]
54. Faust blinded by the light [9]
57. Back pat is not good [3]
58. Everybody loves this night [8]
59. One Provost is a devil [3]
62. See 45 down
64. Buggy refitter has a spin [4]
65. Person who gets to vote for a leader who gets to appoint people who can vote for the leader. [8]
67. An angel more equal than others [8]
68. The Romans nailed through the wrist but these appear on hands [8]
69. Extract fluorine from extreme cold to make inflexibility [8]
71. Dental decay without number – it is a sign! [5]
73. State of awareness pertaining to R-O-R? [7]
76. Shift the aircraft – all together [5]
79. Ten beam penetrator [4]
80. Nautical horizontal projection does not land blow [4]
81. Roman weapon makes one kick the bucket [4]
84. Armour piercing trace is suitable [3]
85. Both sides of ship as an afterthought [2]

SOLUTION

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