February 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: FRAUDS and SCAMS

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

66 grid

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STANDARD CLUES (Scroll down for cryptic clues)

ACROSS:
1. Collection of Old Norse literature [4]
5. To provide a false or misleading account [12]
10. To place confidence in [5]
12. A scam by which an e-mail user is duped into revealing personal or confidential information which the scammer can use illicitly [8]
15. American showman famous for promoting celebrated hoaxes [6]
18. Christmas [4]
19. A group of people with the complementary skills required to complete a task [4]
21. Sodium carbonate as an industrial chemical [4]
23. Steal items of small value [5]
26. “For example” (abb) [2]
27. Red mark left on skin after a blow [4]
28. Cries like an animal [5]
30. People [4]
31. & 39 across: The racehorse fraudulently substituted by the better-performed Bold Personality in a famous Australian race-fixing scandal of 1984 [4, 6]
33. (North America) resell (shares or tickets) at a large or quick profit
(UK & Australia) purchase event tickets in bulk for resale at the          venue at large profit [5]
35. Confronted [5]
36. Long and distinct period of history [3]
37. See 42 across
39. See 31 across
41. Obtain a great deal of money by overcharging or swindling the client [6]
42. & 37 across: Australian alternative health advocate who made fraudulent claims of self-treating a non-existent cancer with a “wellness” regime [5, 6]
44. Criminal deception for personal gain [5]
48. Share, or financial involvement e.g. a wager or a business venture [5]
49. Vernacular, local dialect [6]
51. Scam weight-loss product in which serial Australian con-man Peter Foster was implicated [9]
54. (In Chinese philosophy) the absolute principle underlying the universe [3]
57. Serpentine, meandering [7]
58. & 21 down: Australian businessman who became a fugitive after his business empire crashed spectacularly [11, 5]
59. Sewed border [3]
60. One-half of an academic year [8]
DOWN:
1. “And so on” (abb) [3]
2. Abbreviated form of address signifying a high degree of academic attainment [2]
3. Deceived [5]
4. The powdery residue of a fire [3]
6. Confidence trickster’s accomplice who poses as a genuine customer to encourage the participation of others [5]
7. CGS unit of work or energy [3]
8. Dishonest scheme [4]
9. Nineteenth letter of the Greek alphabet, written as “Τ” [3]
11. The chemical element with the shortest name [3]
13. Settee [4]
14. German greeting of respect [4]
15. Flexible containers with opening at the top [4]
16. Reckitt Benckiser’s analgesic product, found in the Australian Federal Court to feature misleading representations on its packaging in regard to the extent to which it was able to “target” specific areas of pain [7]
17. Person designated as the target of a fraud [4]
20. Slippery fish [3]
21. See 58 across
22. Military acronym aka “French Leave” signifying absenteeism short of actual desertion [4]
24. Use of deception or subterfuge to achieve a purpose [9]
25. Sharpen [4]
29. Golf club used for maximum loft [5]
31. Card game in which players bet on the order in which the cards will appear [4]
32. Fraud or swindle [6]
34. Method of contact aka “ring”, “call” [5]
35. Honour or entertain a person lavishly [4]
38. Act dishonestly to gain an advantage [5]
40. Comply without protest [9]
43. In Norse mythology, a god renowned for trickery [4]
45. In Greek mythology, a hero renowned for trickery [7]
46. Slender and elegant [6]
47. Biased positive interpretation of an event for PR purposes [4]
48. Drunkard [3]
50. Entertain [5]
52. Drains of energy or enthusiasm [4]
53. Currency of Turkey (plural) [4]
55. One who excels at a particular sport or other activity [3]
56. Unit of electrical resistance [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
1. Fred dared to include Norse writings [4]
5. French wretchedness here to make false assertion [12]
10. Collective investment fund sounds like it is all tied up [5]
12. High spin evolves into scam [8]
15. Hoaxer made to ban rum [6]
18. Pum pudding sounds like Christmas [4]
19. A side of 7th note of scale at morning [4]
21. Thus lawyer makes American drink [4]
23. Film chap without navigation aid sets up act of petty theft [5]
26. Unfinished ovum as a case in point [2]
27. Richness without article part leaves a mark [4]
28. Gas raptors to produce cries of pain [5]
30. Flop like odds people [4]
31. & 39 across: Dry weather fabric for ring in [4, 6]
33. Rip off US state in betting system
35. Confronted decorated Forward Air Controller [5]
36. To be back for a long time [3]
37. See 42 across
39. See 31 across
41. Rip off by running away to join church [6]
42. & 37 across: “Begone Bills”. Motto adapted for fraudulent lady [5, 6]
44. Send me $50 and I will bring you luck [5]
48. Share in the scheme sounds like a nice cut [5]
49. Fix patios – it’s the talk of the street [6]
51. Am sinless product to foster weight loss? Hardly? [9]
54. China TeO? (In Chinese philosophy) the absolute principle underlying the universe [3]
57. Lunar rilles are snaky [7]
58. & 21 down: Fugitive found in postiche re sharks [11, 5]
59. Explosive takes 1,000 to the edge [3]
60. Steers me to chunk of college time [8]

DOWN:
1. Alien to the speed of light – and the rest! [3]
2. Accounting for increase in asset [2]
3. Cheated by explosive in UXO [5]
4. Residue after flerovium extracted from high speed combustion [3]
6. All Saints Hillsong provides place for con man’s mate [5]
7. Needed to accelerate 1 gm x 1 cm/sec/sec [3]
8. South shaft projection not to be trusted [4]
9. Faint aura hides letter from Greece [3]
11. Can take back parasite [3]
13. Take one out of Bulgarian city to find a seat to share [4]
14. Greet persons in English and French [4]
15. Childish claim at Oxford [4]
16. Herbicide modified to make over-hyped analgesic [7]
17. Apostle spoils 1,000 [4]
20. Sheltered side taken aback for fish [3]
21. See 58 across
22. Not exactly “absent friends” [4]
24. Her cyanic adjustment is not what it seems [9]
25. Put an edge on element and its atomic number [4]
29. West side sector [5]
31. Game for oddly flat roof [4]
32. Sleuth works aggressive con [6]
34. Acidity level 1 – Make the call! [5]
35. Pedal extremities twisted – cause for celebration [4]
38. Honoured person dines – but he is unfair [5]
40. French helmet with ice. Agree to use [9]
43. Thus Mashebrum is Norse troublemaker [4]
45. A homer from Joyce’s sly uses [7]
46. The French garment is elegant [6]
47. Fashionable betting system is a source of angular momentum [4]
48. Holy man has element to make him a drunk [3]
50. Morning application entertains [5]
52. Engineer products could be tiring [4]
53. Read in French to get currency [4]
55. Current energy expert [3]
56. Half a mho = 2 ? [3]

SOLUTION

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