January 2014 Skeptical Crossword

THEME: Religion, Myth & Superstition
by Ken Greatorex & Roy Arnott

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“STRAIGHT” CLUES – ACROSS:
1. Lord Of the Flies [9]
6. Helen’s lover [5]
11. Boy [3]
13. Beam [3]
14. Deity [3]
15. Ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar [7]
18. Solid water [3]
19. Zero [3]
20. Overlap period between two adjacent zodiac signs [4]
21. Whip [4]
23. Food regurgitated and re-chewed by an ungulate [3]
24. Stylised Greek statue, usually of Pan [4]
25. In Norse myth, the twilight of the gods [8]
26. Yahweh, Jupiter, Zeus each originated as a _ _ _ god [3]
28. The countries of Asia, collectively [6]
31. Raised structure on which sacrifices are offered [5]
33. Australian Rain God (Send ‘er down, _ _ _ _ _ _ !) [6]
34. Litigate [3]
35. In Hindu mythology, the Universe originates in a Cosmic _ _ _ [3]
38. Norse god characterised by shape-shifting and trickery [4]
40. Knocking or tapping sound [3]
42. Greek underworld [5]
45. Wanders [5]
47. Fairy Queen in English folklore [3]
48. Greek bard [5]
50. Greek prophetess [5]
51. Irrational mathematical ratio [2]
52. Able to move quickly and easily [5]
54. Symbol for element # 100 [2]
55. Belief in the existence of a supreme being [5]
58. & 59 across & 61 Across: Triskaidekaphobia – fear of: (Three words, [3], [6], [8])
59. See 58 across
61. See 58 across
64. Mature, senior [3]
66. Keen, enthusiastic [4]
67. Islam’s holiest shrine [5]
68. The Fallen Angel [7]

“STRAIGHT” CLUES – DOWN:
1. Garnet for January, Amethyst for February, for example [10]
2. Greek prefix [4]
3. Motion characterised by sharp turns in alternating directions [6]
4. Siddhartha Gautama became this [6]
5. Semitic god [4]
7. Bristly appendage of many grasses [6]
8. aka Troy [5]
9. Biological pouches [4]
10. Jewish Festival of Light [8]
12. Warehouse, storehouse or garaging facility [5]
16. Between [3]
17. The Parthenon is dedicated to this goddess [6]
20. Burial vaults [6]
21. Roman household gods [5]
22. (slang) Fit of irritation; sulky mood [4]
24. Greek island home of Hippocrates [3]
27. In Australian Aboriginal mythology; a sacred era in which ancestral totemic spirit beings created the world [9]
29. Patron Saint of lost causes [4]
30. Locality of an oracle sacred to Apollo [6]
32. Eminence, halo [4]
36. One of three named archangels in the Bible [7]
37. _ _ _ _ _ _ People: group of co-religionists believing themselves to be specially favoured by their God(s) [6]
39. Anger [3]
41. Afterthought to a written message (abb) [2]
43. Bestow a particular honour [3]
44. The Sun as deified by the Romans [3]
46. The path one object takes around another [5]
47. Egyptian concept of truth, balance, order, law, morality and justice [4]
49. French noon [4]
51. Period between noon and midnight [2]
53. In folklore, eater of dead human flesh [5]
54. Member of a mendicant religious order [5]
56. Famous Viking’s name [4]
57. Closed car having two or four doors and front and rear seats [5]
60. Easter island statues [4]
62. Muslim pilgrimage [4]
63. Hebrew version of Sumerian Utnapishtim or Greek Deucalion [4]
65. Mathematical symbol aka Nabla [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES – ACROSS:
1. Devilish plan: take the insect to Landing Zone East, Baby. [9]
6. Is equal. Capital! [5]
11. Fifty notice boy [3]
13. Egyptian god at the end of the day makes a name for himself [3]
14. Supernatural being involved in bingo draw [3]
15. Upset Adam ran fast time [7]
18. One church? Chilling [3]
19. River without direction amounts to nothing [3]
20. Copper starting price for line crossing point [4]
21. Tie up a number of combustion products [4]
23. Copper penny regurgitated [3]
24. Channel Island statue base? [4]
25. Ark argon evolves into Gotterdamerung [8]
26. Cut the end off beer cooler for atmospherics [3]
28. Tore in, twisted, set map [6]
31. Metal with hydrocarbon residue for burnt offerings [5]
33. Sounds as if Donald Duck’s nephew is organising lovely weather for ducks? [6]
34. Changed use? Bring an action [3]
35. Governor General has energy for breakfast dish [3]
38. Silo kit houses metamorphic Norse trouble maker [4]
40. Lose 100 from ordure; quite a knock [3]
42. Move shelter from the sun – dead centre [5]
45. Arm so change moves about [5]
47. Academic with note gets up peoples’ noses [3]
48. Greek touched all the bases [5]
50. Has often prophesised Basil’s fate [5]
51. Ratio from saga without ends [2]
52. US soldier immersed in beer but is nimble [5]
54. Elemental band [2]
55. Guide is mythological but it contains a belief system [5]
58. & 59 across & 61 Across: Her truth be eminent, but distorted to create object of fear (Three words, [3], [6], [8])
59. See 58 across
61. See 58 across
64. Chilled, (not 100) is aged [3]
66. Jewish King keen to lose 500 [4]
67. Cubic Islamic [5]
68. … to light your fag [7]

CRYPTIC CLUES – DOWN:
1. Obstetric 14 lb could be of value [10]
2. The Greeks had a word for it [4]
3. port 20, midships, starboard 20, midships [6]
4. Shoot 500 hectare for sage [6]
5. Godly degree element [4]
7. Cut lawn short to reveal bristle [6]
8. Pelvic part in Turkey? [5]
9. Small arms tear gas pouches [4]
10. Jewish? Make light of it [8]
12. Base of French cooking vessel [5]
16. Military honour goes half way [3]
17. The arena the natives use has a goddess [6]
20. Remove intercom from study of codes to find burial places [6]
21. Genuine yellow element distributed to protect household [5]
22. Disturb louse eggs to give you the irrits [4]
24. Greek physician at home with trig ratio [3]
27. Confused meter maid goes back to creation [9]
29. References to him as Jesus’ brother are no longer politically correct – a lost cause [4]
30. Ambiguous messages of low pressure elements [6]
32. Gunner finds gold and is all aglow [4]
36. Holy messenger on matters obstetric had a gig as a trumpeter [7]
37. Stocking immersed in cyanide is selected [6]
39. To strive without a snake creates anger [3]
41. Public service is an afterthought [2]
43. Shoot back to bestow [3]
44. Star by removing ratio from spoil [3]
46. The eyes have it [5]
47. Egyptian prevents chaos [4]
49. 12h00 [4]
51. Go to top man to find political leader [2]
53. Grave menu specialist [5]
54. Holy man sounds like a chipmunk? [5]
56. He haunted the opera? [4]
57. A car for South Australian town? [5]
60. Extinct bird plus 1 to Easter Island [4]
62. Make a pilgrimage for Holden model embracing common era [4]
63. Boat builder specialising in live animal transports [4]
65. Sign here, it’s a bit steep [3]

SOLUTION

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