December 2014 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

Theme: Famous Skeptics

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

52 December 2014 grid

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STANDARD CLUES (Scroll Down for Cryptic Clues)

ACROSS:
1. Choice [6]
5. & 8 across: The Lollipop Lady, Health activist, CEO Friends of Science in Medicine and three-time Australian Skeptic of the Year (two words, [7], [6])
8. See 5 across
13. Conveyance OR a communication system that transfers data between components inside a computer, or between computers [3]
15. Italian dumplings [7]
16. & 18 across: American science writer, founder of The Skeptics Society, Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic (two words, [7], [7])
18. See 16 across
20. That which is left after a fire [3]
21. Lair [3]
23. Actual [4]
25. Open [4]
28. Reverential respect, fear, wonder [3]
29. A Collection of mysteries [8]
31. Expire [3]
33. Prolonged state of deep unconsciousness [4]
34. Formerly named [3]
35. Statistical mean [7]
37. Join with stitches [3]
38. South-Eastern state of the USA [9]
41. Formal speech delivered to an audience [7]
43. Couch [5]
44. Ancient Germanic form of writing [5]
45. Colour [3]
47. & 48 across: British psychologist, author and magician; producer of the Quirkology videos (two words, [7], [7])
50. Reception room in a large house [5]
52. Long heroic poem [4]
54. Fiascos [8]
58. Sauce made from beans [3]
59. Loped [3]
61. Alone [4]
62. Secreted oneself [3]
63. Very extensive [4]
65. Piece of material in a doorway for wiping shoes [3]
67. Greek Philosopher whose approach to a problem was to ask questions to establish a basis of existing relevant knowledge and beliefs [8]
68. & 69 across: American astrophysicist, cosmologist and science popularizer; publications include Cosmos, Contact and The Demon Haunted World. (Two words, [4], [5])
69. See 68 across
70. Proselyte, neophyte [7]
71. & 72 across: American TV’s Science educator, billed as “The Science Guy”: (two words, [4], [3])
72. See 71 across
73. Relating to lines of hereditary rulers [8]
74. Of least age [8]
DOWN:
2. Laud [6]
3. Skin surface irritation [4]
4. Skeptics Guide to the Universe’s Steven, Jay and Robert _ _ _ _ _ _ _ [7]
6. Artistic work, composition, creation [4]
7. Tremendous, huge, excellent, wonderful [8]
9. Long thread-like part of a nerve cell [4]
10. & 36 down: Australian responsible for The Skeptic Zone and Mystery Investigators (two words, [7], [8])
11. & 27 down & 51 down: American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator; host of TV’s 2014 series Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey (three words, [4], [8], [5])
12. (Folklore) Man-eating giant [4]
14. Bashful [3]
16. & 39 down: American popular mathematics and science writer specializing in recreational mathematics, but also philosophy, skepticism, and religion. Columnist for Scientific American from 1956 to 1981 and Skeptical Inquirer from 1983 to 2002: author of more than 100 books, including Fads and Fallacies in the Name of Science; (two words, [6], [7])
17. & 42 down: Author of On the Origin of Species (two words, [7], [6])
19. A Dutch cheese [4]
22. Twenty-eight member countries comprise this collective defence alliance [4]
24. & 45 down: Musician, composer and Geologic podcaster who explores atheist, skeptic and science themes in his work (two words, [6], [4])
26. & 44 down: The Amazing _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ , magician and debunker extraordinaire (two words, [5], [5])
27. See 11 down
29. & 50 down: Physical anthropologist, former university professor and opponent of the teaching of young earth creationism and intelligent design in schools, she is currently Director of America’s National Center for Science Education (two words, [7], [5])
30. Clear of an accusation of criminality [6]
32. & 60 down: Foundation Professor of the School of Earth and Space Exploration at Arizona State University and director of its Origins Project; advocate for the public understanding of science, public policy based on sound empirical data, scientific skepticism and reduction of the impact of superstition and religious dogma in pop culture. Author of The Physics of Star Trek and A Universe from Nothing. (two words, [8], [6])
36. See 10 down
39. See 16 down
40. Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution [7]
42. See 17 Down
43. Defective, inoperative, worthless [3]
44. See 26 down
45. See 24 down
46. & 62 down: Consumer advocate, particularly re advertising and sale of therapeutic goods. Adjunct Associate Professor, School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Monash University; (formerly at La Trobe University, but resigned in protest at a partnership between that university and Swisse Pharmaceuticals). Winner of Australian Skeptics’ Thornett Award in 2011, and Life Member of Australian Skeptics in November 2013 (two words, [3], [6])
48. Protective or restrictive barrier [4]
49. Distress signal [3]
50. See 29 down
51. See 11 down
53. Splendid or striking array, e.g. of flags, armour or regalia [7]
55. Roof overhang [4]
56. Donkey [3]
57. Identifying name given to a book, play, film, musical composition, or other work [5]
60. See 32 down
62. See 46 down
64. Jelly [5]
65. Numerous [4]
66. Concur [5]
68. Object which tapers from a circular base to a point [4]
69. Dumbfound, stupefy [4]
71. Prefix signifying “twice” or “two” [2]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
1. Shake potion to provide choice [6]
5. & 8 across: Distribute relator matron for jelly bean distributor (two words, [7], [6])
8. See 5 across
13. Ground contacts on this rotate [3]
15. Italian fare for UK horse race officer commanding taking supposed natural energy [7]
16. & 18 across: Chiseler hammer makes skeptical leading light American science writer, founder of The Skeptics Society, Editor in Chief of its magazine Skeptic (two words, [7], [7])
18. See 16 across
20. Residue from moccha shot [3]
21. Take fish from floral display for study [3]
23. Not personal property [4]
25. Indian ruler taken aback is partially open [4]
28. Raw egg provides sense of reverence [3]
29. Met again to create archaic mystery [8]
31. Bondi East is the place for engineering tool [3]
33. Reduce punctuation by 1,000 for unconscious state [4]
34. Joint born without potassium [3]
35. To assert chronology is mean [7]
37. Three directions to stitch [3]
38. State of purchase [9]
41. Notice attire for oration [7]
43. Seat of Islamic official? [5]
44. Old letters formed from dry fruit without a quiet start [5]
45. Sounds like chop provides colour [3]
47. & 48 across: Clever Dick? (two words, [7], [7])
50. Shop where boy ingests metal [5]
52. Fine picture provides a great story [4]
54. Fiascos of bee scald [8]
58. Thus French there for sauce [3]
59. Hastened for service [3]
61. Sun is alone in taking oxygen [4]
62. Greeting to 500 went out of sight [3]
63. French go to saint. It’s huge! [4]
65. Floor covering sounds low sheen [3]
67. Thus containers for old Greek [8]
68. & 69 across: Star gazer produces argal scan (Two words, [4], [5])
69. See 68 across
70. Put gas into that which is hidden to change belief [7]
71. & 72 across: Broadcaster stirs in belly (two words, [4], [3])
72. See 71 across
73. Indy cats create family rule [8]
74. Yes, go nuts, Junior [8]

DOWN:
2. Laud quiet elevation [6]
3. Polecat without note – needs scratching [4]
4. Lone lav could be adapted for reading material [7]
6. Zero wound seepage makes work [4]
7. Make mistake (conditional) in nervous twitch. It is stupendous! [8]
9. Plan to tax onions? It has a nerve! [4]
10. & 36 down: Cursed harridans form up for Skeptic figure (two words, [7], [8])
11. & 27 down & 51 down: And less generosity for cosmologist (three words, [4], [8], [5])
12. Find monster in bog research [4]
14. Reserved of coconuts? [3]
16. & 39 down: Spoil metal fish and tear torn to find mathematician (two words, [6], [7])
17. & 42 down: Evolutionist to burn the French port (two words, [7], [6])
19. Made go back for cheese [4]
22. Alliance from burnt back next to nothing [4]
24. & 45 down: Beggar hero reforms to become skeptic (two words, [6], [4])
26. & 44 down: Sardine jam mix? One for senior skeptic (two words, [5], [5])
27. See 11 down
29. & 50 down: She would not go to Earth’s 4,500 year birthday party (two words, [7], [5])
30. Companion to give up – but not guilty [6]
32. & 60 down: “Slew an ark curse” developed for him (two words, [8], [6])
36. See 10 down
39. See 16 down
40. The Earth moved for him [7]
42. See 17 Down
43. Uranium in large cup fails to explode [3]
44. See 26 down
45. See 24 down
46. & 62 down: Knavery eh? Sorted for him (two words, [3], [6])
48. State 50/50 to set up barrier [4]
49. Element found in Nazi organisation – distressing [3]
50. See 29 down
51. See 11 down
53. Father put nitric oxide to laminate to create display [7]
55. Overhang when 50 omitted from authorised absence [4]
56. Said to be source of Samson’s weapon [3]
57. The French bird makes a name [5]
60. See 32 down
62. See 46 down
64. Put snake in charge to make gelatin [5]
65. Chap is attached to US state and makes lots [4]
66. Miss Diana Green displays willingness to concur [5]
68. Solid formed by one hundred and one [4]
69. Nut soda will surprise [4]
71. Endless death notice is elemental [2]

SOLUTION

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