December 2013 Skeptical Crossword

THEME: Alternative Healing Practices
by Ken Greatorex & Roy Arnott

40 dec grid

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“STRAIGHT” CLUES

ACROSS:
1. Cheat, swindle, defraud [3]
6. See 138 across OR 119 down
10. Beneficiary, legatee [9]
15. Altmed technique which claims that the appearance of the coloured portion of the eye can be used to diagnose systemic health problems [9]
17. One, some, every, or all [3]
18. Centre, gist [4]
19. polygraph (lie detector) trace [8]
22. Spiritual healing system espoused by L Ron Hubbard [9]
25. Gramophone record, for example [4]
29. Small church [6]
31. Oriental wise man, sorcerer or magician [5]
33. One who practises a therapeutic system in which medicines may contain infinitesimal amounts of active ingredient [9]
35. Laudatory speech or written tribute, especially for one who has died [6]
36. European capital [6]
38. Quick, alert, nimble [5]
41. & 43 across: Highly-prized keratin product used for pseudo-scientific medicinal purposes (two words, [5], [4])
43. See 41 across
45. Group of seven [6]
46. Nutrients required in very small amounts in normal diet [8]
48. Gender [3]
49. Address to find resources on the internet (abb) [3]
50. Alternative to DC [2]
51. In accordance with accepted principles of right and wrong that govern a profession. [7]
53. Inter [4]
54. Recede [3]
57. Eminence [4]
58. Ovum [3]
59. Complementary and alternative medicine (abb) [3]
60. Greek god of love [4]
62. Characteristic sound made by cows [3]
64. Leather strap used by a rider or driver to control a horse [4]
65. Same as 58 across [3]
66. Impair, disfigure [3]
67. One of the body paths through with Qi energy is said to flow [8]
69. Any of the seven major energy centres in the body as recognised in yoga [6]
71. The egg of a louse [3]
72. Continent [6]
73. A summary of what has been said [5]
75. Evade [5]
76. Common abbreviation for Alternative Medicine [6]
78. Poke with something sharp or pointed (e.g. a needle) [3]
80. Second language of the USA [7]
83. Final, conclusive, after making all allowances [3]
85. Blood relative [3]
86. Give off, discharge [4]
88. & 89 across: modified Wheatstone Bridge used during Dianetics and Scientology auditing (Two words, [1], [5])
89. See 88 across
90. City in Germany, historically called Treves in English [5]
92. One who lends money at high interest [6]
94. & 95 across & 96 across: Experience of observing yourself from an external perspective (three words [3],[2],[4])
95. See 94 across
96. See 94 across
98. & 99 across: Thermal-auricular therapy (Two words, [3], [8])
99. See 98 across
101. Cutting tool [3]
104. Australian Vaccination Network (so-called) (abb) [3] [3]
105. Standard unit used for indicating mass on an atomic or molecular scale, alternatively called the Dalton [3]
106. Doctrine that ascribes physical well-being to a vital principle other than chemical and physical forces. [8]
109. Religion founded in 1955 which holds that one’s spirit may clear itself of past painful experiences through self-knowledge and spiritual fulfilment [11]
112. In the ascendancy OR on the increase [2]
114. Disc Operating System (acronym) [3]
116. Acid, sharp, sarcastic [7]
118. Fifteenth letter of the Greek alphabet [7]
120. Citizen of either of two East Asian countries [6]
121. Timber of great strength and hardness [3]
123. Guided [3]
124. Organ of hearing [3]
125. Entreat, solicit, or importune [3]
126. Collection of beehives [6]
128. In early medicine: one of four fluids postulated to exist in balance in a healthy body [6]
129. Base for bacterial culture [4]
131. Long for [5]
133. Dull prolonged pain [4]
134. Encountered [3]
138. & 6 Across: Alternative to medicine in which the intercession of a higher being is invoked through prayer (Two words, [5], [7])
139. Doctor of questionable ability and reputation [5]
140. & 142 across: In accord with current and valid research findings (Two words, [8], [5 (Two words, [8], [5])
142. See 140 across
144. Earthquake [5]
146. Woodwind instrument [4]
147. Popular anti-arthritic with little clinical evidence-base [11]
148. Resemblance, congruity [10]
149. Panache [4]
150. and 151 across: Evaluation by a doctor to confirm or provide an alternative to an earlier diagnosis by a different doctor (Two words, [6], [7])
151. See 150 across

DOWN:
2. One of two all-pervasive complementary forces in Traditional Chinese Medicine [3]
3. Inquire closely, or impertinently [3]
4. The defence of having been elsewhere when a crime was committed [5]
5. Two individuals or units regarded as a pair [4]
7. Common form of dermatitis [4]
8. Behaviour typical of a supernatural entity of small stature [6]
9. Clefts, breaches [4]
11. Use [6]
12. & 48 down: Paranormal healing by removal of diseased organs without leaving a wound (two words, [7, [7])
13. Historical age [3]
14. Traditional Chinese medicine (abb) [3]
16. System of therapy in which disease is considered the result of abnormal function of the nervous system, with treatment involving manipulation of the spinal column [12]
20. Mixed emotion of reverence, respect, dread, and wonder [3]
21. & 55 down & 87 down: Orthodox medical procedure for performing a clinical appraisal of a drug’s efficacy (three words, [6], [5], [5])
23. Use of fragrances to affect mood or behaviour [12]
24. The complement of 2 down [4]
26. Japanese massage technique that uses acupressure [7]
27. Swindle [3]
28. Swiss financial centre [6]
30. Convulsion [8]
32. Ooze [4]
34. Medicinal substance taken to give a feeling of well-being [5]
37. Overgrowth of bones producing enlargement and distortion [5]
38. Malady with alternating periods of chills, fever, and sweating [4]
39. Small island [4]
40. Flyer [7]
42. Not in use [4]
43. Person who performs extraordinary deeds for the benefit of others [4]
44. System of treating disease that uses no surgery or synthetic drugs [11]
47. Art of appearing to perform supernatural feats [5]
48. See 12 Down
52. (abb) Technique of ancient Hindu origin, by which relaxation is sought through meditation and chanting. [2]
53. To ask for something much wanted in a serious and emotional way [3]
55. See 21 down
56. Cadavers [6]
59. Quack [9]
61. Approach to healthcare that emphasizes preventing illness and prolonging life, as opposed to emphasizing treating diseases [8]
63. Keenness of perception or discernment; ingenuity [3]
64. Bird, subject of an Edgar Allen Poe poem [5]
68. One of the Inert or Noble Gases [4]
70. & 102 down: Quackery (Two words, [5], [3])
74. Brief appearance of a prominent actor in a single movie scene [5]
77. (abb) Alt-med treatment based on the supposition that human bodies require special assistance to rid themselves of normal wastes [5]
79. Hungarian brothers who invented the ball-point pen [4]
81. Quasi-science of head bumps [10]
82. Homeopathic dilution technique [10]
84. Veracious [4]
87. See 21 down
88. Boredom [5]
89. Large round vine-fruit [5]
91. Information Technology (abb) [2]
93. Criminal deception intended to achieve financial or personal gain [5]
97. First Englishman to explore parts Australia, and the first person to circumnavigate the world three times [7]
100. Lead Sulfide as a mineral [6]
101. Any one of the biological group containing seaweeds [4]
102. see 70 down
103. Temporary suspension of breathing [6]
107. Collect over time [6]
108. Slight misalignment of the vertebrae believed by chiropractors to be the cause of most illness [11]
110. Adjuration for evil spirits to depart the body [8]
111. Extraordinarily large in size, extent , amount, power, or degree [10]
113. Currency of Turkey [4]
115. Hypothetical shortcut through space-time [8]
117. Symbol for element # 48 [2]
119. & 6 across: Magnotherapy ( Two words [8], [7])
122. An answer in the affirmative [3]
125. Most ironically humorous [6]
127. Substance having no pharmacological effect administered as a control in testing the efficacy of a medicine [7]
130. Japanese palm healing [5]
132. The longest division of geologic time, containing two or more eras [3]
135. Small cup used with a saucer for serving hot beverages [6]
136. Competitive form of shooting using clay discs as targets [5]
137. Japanese sash [3]
139. Prefix which means “resembling but not actually being” [5]
141. Popular cheese named after a Dutch locality [4]
143. Continent [4]
145. Organ of sight [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES:

ACROSS:
1. Cheat in baggy pants [3]
6. See 138 across OR 119 down
10. Nice tripe confused beneficiary [9]
15. The eyes have it [9]
17. A lot less a million could be one random choice [3]
18. Fibrous material produced from thorium backed ratio [4]
19. Gyro lamp makes graphical trace [8]
22. Di got muscle spasms in this cult [9]
25. Circular plane exists in Washington [4]
29. A holy place for cricketer? [6]
31. Academic with gravity taken to America – a wise man [5]
33. Alt-med practitioner gets paid for practically nothing [9]
35. Dead reckoning [6]
36. Irving’s home? [6]
38. Silver twisted garland is flexible [5]
41. & 43 across: Warning device on odd-toed ungulate? (Two words, [5], [4])
43. See 41 across
45. Month with alien to form a group [6]
46. Siva mint contains diet supplements [8]
48. Selenium error marker for gender [3]
49. Carbonless hair twist to find place on net [3]
50. Current companion [2]
51. To manipulate ale chit is OK [7]
53. Fruit sound – inter [4]
54. Fade away in middle of deb ball [3]
57. A glow from gold and radium [4]
58. Leg glance contains makings of a duck [3]
59. Ageless camera provides shaft projection [3]
60. Sore worked on for primordial Greek [4]
62. Bird moves and is not high [3]
64. Horse harness item sounds wet [4]
65. Produce breakfast item after mendicant is disbarred [3]
66. Shove backwards to spoil [3]
67. French sea with disturbed sub-continent provides half a great circle [8]
69. Centre of the body which cannot be found by autopsy [6]
71. Pick target. [3]
72. Our pee forms a land mass [6]
73. Non trotter goes back for summary [5]
75. The Spanish take uranium to the French to escape. [5]
76. Malted shake for woo treatment [6]
78. Take a month with sailor for a short blow [3]
80. Cross the divide to be element of Euro country [7]
83. X back for bottom line [3]
85. Add nitrogen to circulating life energy. It’s relative. [3]
86. Make time to send [4]
88. & 89 across: Does this show my engrams? We will cross that Wheatstone bridge when we come to it. (Two words, [1], [5])
89. See 88 across
90. Sounds as if the Judge is giving it a go? [5]
92. Certain in old city we have rip-off merchant [6]
94. & 95 across & 96 across: Sample taken at post mortem? (Three words, [3], [2], [4])
95. See 94 across
96. See 94 across
98. & 99 across: Anal cringed? Vary it to determine which end being worked on. (Two words, [3], [8])
99. See 98 across
101. Tax exemption has a way of getting the chop [3]
104. Carving every second for a discredited organisation [3]
105. Charm to ward off evil not allowed for Dalton [3]
106. Mist vial for life force [8]
109. Change the descriptor cling so to ye for this mob [11]
112. Prop has game removed and remains inflated [2]
114. Spanish pair or several parties? [3]
116. Ice crab biting [7]
118. Take a letter. The beginning is the word [7]
120. Knock engineer article for Asian [6]
121. Cape dechlorinated leaves woody residue [3]
123. Lamp sounds weighty [3]
124. Each monarch produces a hearing aid [3]
125. Two of them contain piffle [3]
126. Armour piercing immediate action on railway makes home for insects [6]
128. Uncertainty in time is wit [6]
129. Shift site of Taj Mahal for base for culture [4]
131. Long for an integer after a period [5]
133. Flamboyant manner without Greek god leaves a pain [4]
134. Space object lacks company but encountered another [3]
138. & 6 Across Girl on old bike has belief in a cure (Two words, [5], [7])
139. Queensland University acknowledges charlatan [5]
140. & 142 across: Acids be evened to be supported by observations (Two words, [8], [5])
142. See 140 across
144. Seconds of ascetic soma can move the earth [5]
146. The woods have double reeds. Every second counts with the tomb cover [4]
147. Age column is about amino sugar [11]
148. My liar is it? It has a certain likeness [10]
149. Lane change shows flair [4]
150. and 151 across: The view of the chap in the boxer’s corner? (Two words, [6], [7])
151. See 150 across

DOWN:
2. Ruby incense contains a complementary force [3]
3. Take direction from carnivore’s dinner to inquire [3]
4. Surreal ibis provides claim elsewhere [5]
5. Ingredient of brandy additive can make one see double [4]
7. Broken cane gives skin disease [4]
8. A million on a screwed up vessel shows spritely behaviour [6]
9. Georgia with an afterthought creates lacunas [4]
11. Use printer’s measure with a trick [6]
12. & 48 down: “ I see an instrument starting with “S”. Is there a scalpel in the theatre?” (Two words, [7, [7])
13. To remove financial year from extremities of shuttle would be to do wrong [3]
14. Turner Classic Movies can be shortened for altmed [3]
16. Rich optic arch can be manipulated for manipulation [12]
20. Be in wonder at sound of mineral [3]
21. & 55 down & 87 down: Doppelganger awning test for proof (three words, [6], [5], [5])
23. Set teary amphora for nice smells [12]
24. Poxy angst contains a complementary force [4]
26. It has us to apply finger pressure [7]
27. It is a trick to pilot the vessel [3]
28. Truncated African wealthy in Switzerland [6]
30. Proxy mass resulted in violent outburst [8]
32. Ooze fluid in goose epic [4]
34. Change in cot to give a lift [5]
37. Face this like a lion [5]
38. Unfocussed, missed the start and became febrile [4]
39. Protrudes from water but we hear it is in church [4]
40. Flies a way through back duty list [7]
42. Horse gear without bromine does not work [4]
43. The royal party includes a person of great courage [4]
44. Any hurt atop? It is a useless treatment [11]
47. Mother with gravity in charge –spooky [5]
48. See 12 Down
52. Remove artillery from street car for company logo [2]
53. Exist with gravity to exhort [3]
55. See 21 down
56. Unpleasant smell, expires, results in corpses [6]
59. Anal chart distorted for swindler [9]
61. The concentration of water bores in an area? [8]
63. Sorceress is stripped of Honour but becomes a sparkling conversationalist [3]
64. Gunner with diagram for a bird [5]
68. New nitrogen is inert [4]
70. and 102 down: Reptile lubricant is bad medicine (two words, [5], [3])
74. Arrived with nothing and put on a performance [5]
77. Bidet oxalic acid contains poison reduction process [5]
79. One in distorted sphere draws the line [4]
81. To practise this you would need your head read [10]
82. Water knocking [10]
84. Time to regret, verily [4]
87. See 21 down
88. If I had this, I would not be bothered to give you a clue [5]
89. Citrus fruit morphs into citrullus [5]
91. Titanium back as object [2]
93. Priest takes gold to 500 It’s dishonest [5]
97. Sea farer changes par diem [7]
100. The storm impacts on sodium to create lead sulphide [6]
101. Slimy creature makes it into final game [4]
102. see 70 down
103. Broken nap. Nothing each. Breathtaking! [6]
107. Current a hundred regret – it accumulates [6]
108. Nautilus box misaligned is misalignment [11]
110. Treat micro sex to drive out spirits [8]
111. Do enter sum. It is huge [10]
113. Rail changes to old currency [4]
115. Nematode ring? [8]
117. 400. Is this a record? [2]
119. & 6 across: These claims polarise opinions (Two words, [8], [7])
122. Gay expression has element in favour [3]
125. A railway in the West produces the driest wit [6]
127. Able cop can make one feel better [7]
130. Woo hand job [5]
132. One is twisted for an age [3]
135. Mix peat with copper for brew prize [6]
136. Hand = [9+5+2] + 2n, where n 137. Outside broadcast at one for the coloured band [3]
139. As being silicon is apparently so [5]
141. Dame makes cheese [4]
143. Land mass form by silicon in small cell [4]
145. Honey extract contains aid to vision [3]

SOLUTION

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