August 2017 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Foretelling the Future
by Ken Greatorex & Roy Arnott


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STANDARD CLUES (Scroll down for cryptic clues)

ACROSS:
2. One who tells the future by examining animal entrails [8]
7. Movement of part of the body, (usually the hand) to express an idea or meaning [7]
12. A sign of what will happen; originally from the flight patterns of birds [6]
14. Defamatory, derogatory, scandalous [10]
15. Machining a previously bored hole to correct size [7]
16. Tubes used to carry fluids [5]
18. Habitual twitch or facial spasm [3]
20. Suffering from hydrophobia [5]
21. Entire [5]
22. & 23 across: Orbuculum [7, 4]
23. See 22 across
26. Passage through rows of seats [5]
27. Condescends [6]
30. Torrid [3]
31. Second note of the sol-fa musical scale [2]
32. (Greek mythology) River that forms the boundary between Earth and the Underworld [4]
34. The state of being logically or factually sound; or of being legally authentic [8]
35. Portent of good or evil [4]
36. Othello, for example [4]
37. Anger [3]
39. Morning (abb) [2]
40. & 41 across: Predictor of personal future outcomes, often depicted using the orbuculum mentioned in 22 & 23 across [7, 6]
41. See 40 across
42. Among, surrounded by [4]
44. Non-profit medical practice and medical research group of high reputation based in Rochester, Minnesota [4]
47. Saying that a specified thing will happen in the future [8]
51. To act as a medium for disseminating the authorised spiritual advice of a specific dead person [7]
52. To impel [5]
53. Palm reading [10]
55. Fable [4]
57. Roughly calculate [8]
59. An ancient prophetess who acted as medium for a god [5]
61. One who sees the future [4]
62. Legally apprehend [6]
63. Part of a roof which overhangs the walls [5]
64. In poetry or song; two syllables; a short one followed by a long one. (This line – da-DA / da-DA / da-DA / da-DA is composed of four consecutive _ _ _ _ s) [4]
69. Major _ _ _ _ _ _ ; the non-suit cards in a tarot pack [6]
70. Lacerate, cleave [3]
71. The study of predicting election outcomes [10]
72. Metal bearing mineral capable of extraction [3]
74. Consumed [3]
76. Dowses [7]
78. To forecast the future from present indications, not necessarily in a mystical way [13]
81. Appealing, delightful [4]
82. In statistics or mathematics, to estimate or infer beyond the observed range of values [11]
83. Three-wheeled vehicle [8]
84. Amusement, conviviality [3]
85. Garment’s edge machined to prevent fraying [3]
86. Trick-taking card game whose deck is often used as a fortune-telling prop [5]
87. Destiny, fate [4]
DOWN:
1. Sixteenth century French physician whose prophecies have become famous [11]
2. An event or object which is a forerunner and forewarner of some later event or object [9]
3. Destruction or disintegration [4]
4. Person who claims to foresee and foretell the future; “truth speaker” [10]
5. Fifth letter of the Greek alphabet [7]
6. Sorcery, witchcraft, wizardry [5]
7. Conjecture [5]
8. Historical period [3]
9. Commiseration, rapport, affinity [8]
10. Mat [3]
11. Priest or priestess who acted in antiquity as a medium for a specific god; or a shrine where that occurred [6]
13. Tone intermediate between black and white [4]
17. To say that a particular thing will happen in the future or will be a consequence of something occurring in the present [7]
18. Telling the future using tea-leaves or coffee grounds [11]
19. Unwell [3]
23. Symbol for element # 83 [2]
24. Become bony [6]
25. Acrobat’s apparatus [7]
26. The smallest unit of a chemical element [4]
28. Element # 26 [4]
29. Legal testamentary disposition [4]
33. Baboons, collectively [5]
38. Favourable signs or propitious circumstances [8]
39. In a roguish or mischievous manner [6]
43. Central Greek home of a famous 11 down [6]
45. High-energy spark between two electrodes [3]
46. Prediction, e.g. of the weather or share price movements [8]
48. Competitive rowing events [8]
49. Regretful [5]
50. One who claims to have a supernatural ability to see future events occurring [10]
54. Trojan prophetess who was doomed to being always right but never believed [9]
55. Large, dark basaltic plains (“seas”) on Earth’s Moon[5]
56. To look forward to the probable occurrence of some future event [10]
58. Telling the future using cheese [9]
60. Citrus fruit [5]
65. (Old English) Soon, shortly [4]
66. Singular form of 55 down [4]
67. Identify or stipulate with clear, definite and precise parameters [7]
68. Sign or warning of some upcoming momentous or calamitous event [7]
71. Grinding implement when used in conjunction with a mortar [6]
73. Respect, admiration [6]
75. Come into physical contact [5]
77. Spent time doing nothing [5]
79. Leave out [4]
80. Rain intensely [4]
82. Make a mistake [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
2. What’s coming from when her ax ups and spreads entrails [8]
7. Used for control of musicians [7]
12. Garrulously rolls out divination [6]
14. I scour URLs, which could be interpreted as defamatory [10]
15. Engr aim enlarging hole [7]
16. Shuts up, with “down” [5]
18. Missing 1000 on mark of approval is a bit twitchy [3]
20. Frenzied about braid [5]
21. Complete western part of golf course [5]
22. & 23 across: Dance for drug dealers? [7, 4]
23. See 22 across
26. Part of a supermarket is covered in beer [5]
27. Condescends to hear the Scandinavians [6]
30. Not all photos are steamy [3]
31. Again a metallic element [2]
32. Porcine accommodation unit number 10 [4]
34. Tidy vial has authenticity [8]
35. Remove Motor Transport from torque to give clue to the future [4]
36. Heathcliff’s heathered haunt [4]
37. Anger returns in the righteous [3]
39. Radio band in Cambodia [2]
40. & 41 across: Person who anticipates exciting flutter on reel? [7, 6]
41. See 40 across
42. Surrounded by many having to help out [4]
44. Dressing from clinic [4]
47. The art and practice of selling one’s credibility for future delivery. Bierce [8]
51. A water bed? [7]
52. = ma [5]
53. Show of hands from many choric changes [10]
55. Unfounded belief held by stormy theologian [4]
57. Judge is in Paris getting one to marry [8]
59. Old Greek woman speaks in riddles [5]
61. Direction to Queen for clairvoyant [4]
62. Stop Sartre somehow [6]
63. They hang around the house [5]
64. I need a doctor for the foot [4]
69. Analytical reagent of two metals is a mystery [6]
70. Cutaneous start to slice [3]
71. Cast a vote? Who knows? [10]
72. Mineral source sounds like it produces wonder [3]
74. Dined in great event [3]
76. Birds of pray [7]
78. Goat inspector tells the future [13]
81. Slice to the East, pretty [4]
82. Infer from what’s known to repeal tax [11]
83. Lyric, etc., rewritten as a vehicle for the little ones [8]
84. A noisy French one can be delightful [3]
85. End of a shift [3]
86. Thanks decay, it’s in the cards [5]
87. Fate affected mood [4]
DOWN:
1. Sumatran sod becomes prophet [11]
2. Heavy drinker has endless harm as a sign of things to come [9]
3. Downfall of one in a hurry [4]
4. Tosser ahoy! What can you see? [10]
5. Greek character piles on difficulty [7]
6. Mother with gravity in charge –spooky [5]
7. Suppose a guest comes to a different conclusion [5]
8. Go back for verb to be. There is time [3]
9. Feeling what could follow tea [8]
10. Mat found not by Arnold’s school [3]
11. A small lightweight boat drops a hundred for the prophetic deity [6]
13. Agree, without borders, yard is dull [4]
17. To relate an event that has not occurred, is not occurring and will not occur. Bierce [7]
18. Nasty cameos provide woo use for tea leaves [11]
19. Cut the bill to make us unwell [3]
23. Element is life form blockage in TCM [2]
24. Use soys if you want to turn to bone [6]
25. Swingers’ bar? [7]
26. Castle defensive feature changed for particle [4]
28. Out of the woods, try another club [4]
29. It could be dead give away [4]
33. Time without resources upset soldiers [5]
38. Protection given by gold adds piquancy [8]
39. We search lycra for mischievous attitude [6]
43. Pi held locus of predictive powers [6]
45. Part of x2 + y2 = 1  [3]
46. Expect warning shout to players [8]
48. Crafty contests [8]
49. Deplorable learner’s abandoned second vehicle [5]
50. A person, commonly a woman, who has the power of seeing that which is invisible to her patron – namely that he is a blockhead. Bierce [10]
54. She foretold misfortunes like grit being found in car’s parts [9]
55. She takes a month to get a 1st class return [5]
56. Ape in attic prepares for future possibility [10]
58. Blessed are the cheese makers for they shall see [9]
60. No elm can produce fruit! [5]
65. Soon to get a refusal from Paris? [4]
66. Stable tenant? [4]
67. Clearly identify financial year sagas [7]
68. Left with Ear, Nose and Throat specialists – ominous signs [7]
71. Bane of one’s life with the French crusher [6]
73. Payment in full for a benefaction [6]
75. Fencer’s success [5]
77. Did little after I’d made the running [5]
79. One time from honour – leave it out! [4]
80. Encounter back swarm [4]
82. Stray from the proper routine [3]

SOLUTION

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