December 2011 Crossword

by Ken Greatorex

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CLUES ACROSS:
1. Clutch, embrace, grapple, grip [5]
7. In yoga: the seven major energy centres in the body [7]
11. The method of treating disease with minute doses of substances that produce symptoms similar to those of the disease [10]
13. Middle Eastern country [4]
14. Enthusiastic supporter [3]
16. “In regard to ” (abb) [2]
17. Trite remark, cliché, truism [9]
18. Minute portion or fragment [8]
21. To pull or haul by rope or chain [3]
22. Taro root baked, pounded, moistened and fermented [3]
23. Possess [3]
24. Segment of an organ such as brain or liver [4]
27. Controversial belief system developed by L. Ron Hubbard [11]
29. Famous P.T. Barnum sign: This way to the _ _ _ _ _ _ [6]
31. Magazine of the Australian Consumers Association [6]
32. Maritime forces [6]
34. Ancient Greek messenger of the gods associated with the rainbow [4]
37. A natural fibre [6]
39. 2000-year old spirit claimed to be channelled by 19-year-old José Alvarez In a 1988 Australian media hoax [6]
41. French possessive pronoun [2]
42. Propulsion unit for small waterborne craft [4]
43. Alternative name for the cryptid “Bigfoot” [9]
46. and 48 Across: Real religious movement whose members were portrayed as bad guys by Dan Brown (two words, [4], [3])
48. See 46 across
50. Insane [3]
51. Roman street [3]
52. Tiny organ within skin that produces hair [8]
55. The pineal gland is sometimes referred to as the Third _ _ _ [3]
56. Pollen-producing reproductive organ of a flower [6]
57. Raze, demolish, destroy or wreck [4]
58. Public act of mob violence [4]
59. Alcoholic beverage based on honey [4]

CLUES DOWN:
1. Method of treatment that manipulates body structures, especially the spine [12]
2. Body of traditional or anecdotal knowledge [4]
3. Female Japanese diver [3]
4. and 27 Down. Weight loss product which was subject to Australian Competition and Consumer Commission investigation in 2011 (two words, [5], [4])
5. Italian river [2]
6. Biological preparation that improves immunity to a particular disease [7]
8. One who studies the microscopic anatomy of cells and tissues [11]
9. Prove wrong by argument or evidence [6]
10. Tendon [5]
12. Germanic pagan religious festival subsumed by Christmas [4]
15. Fuss [3]
17. Pertaining to a certain major ancient Greek philosopher [8]
18. Ratio of any circle’s circumference to its diameter [2]
19. Fearsome mythical bird [3]
20. Strong thread or string of two or more twisted strands [5]
25. Mythological humanoid monster that eats humans [4]
26. Dates in a sporting calendar in which a team is not required to play due to an odd number of teams in the competition [4]
27. See 4 Down
28. Hovering without visible means of support [10]
30. Roman religious festival subsumed by Christmas [10]
33. Pleasant characteristic odour [5]
35. More gratified OR more conceited [7]
36. Variety of lettuce; aka Romaine lettuce [3]
38. The negative [2]
40. Person who enjoys being cruel [6]
44. Something designed to support a person in a sitting position [4]
45. Popular British TV panel show hosted by Stephen Fry [2]
46. Portent [4]
47. Remunerate [3]
49. Unyielding [4]
52. Not many [3]
53. To prompt or remind [3]
54. Finish

Solution here: https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/puzzles/december-2011-crossword-solution/

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