July 2014 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

THEME: ASTROLOGY

47 July 14 Grid Astrology

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“STRAIGHT” CLUES (Scroll Down for Cryptic clues )

ACROSS:
7. A band in the heavens divided into twelve signs, each containing 30 degrees of longitude and acting as a barometer for various human traits [6]
8. The midway point between two zodiac signs [4]
9. Come about, transpire [5]
10. The convention that the Earth, rather than the Sun is at the centre of the Solar System [9]
12. Description of the moon when more than half of its illuminated surface is visible [7]
14. A judgement or decision reached by reasoning [10]
16. Widely spoken language of northern India [5]
17. Heavenly body whose name means “wanderer” [6]
19. Celestial body orbiting the sun in a highly eccentric manner [5] 20. Employ [3]
21. Boy [3]
23. Addictive narcotic derived from opium [7]
26. A time of equal day and equal night occurring twice a year [7]
28. A planet’s movement through a zodiacal sign or house [7]
31. Small pointed missile that can be thrown or fired [4]
32. The Fish [6]
33. The motion of the axis of a spinning body, such as the wobble of a spinning top or the Earth [10]
35. The current astrological age [8]
37. Apparent motion of a planet that appears to be traveling backwards from Earth’s perspective [10]
38. Fire, water, air & earth collectively in astrology [8]

DOWN:
1. Young unfledged pigeon [5]
2. A chart of the heavens cast for a particular moment in time, as seen from a particular place on the Earth’s surface [9]
3. Circlet, loop [4]
4. Reckoned [9]
5. Russian ruler [4]
6. The Sun’s apparent path through the zodiac [8]
8. Describes two or more planets coming close (within 8° of arc) in their apparent positions [11]
11. Apparent grouping of stars suggesting objects [13]
13. The Serpent bearer: thirteenth sign of the zodiac? [9]
14. Ancient astronomer based in Babylon [8]
15. Beliefs [4]
18. Element 11’s symbol [2]
22. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are collectively the _ _ _ signs [3]
24. Mechanical models of the solar system [8]
25. Creative skill or ability [8]
27. State of matter [3]
29. More pleasant [5]
30. Guarantee [6]
31. 1/360 of a circle [6]
34. Probability, chances [4]
36. Suitable, proper, fitting [3]

 CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
7. Heavenly band of Marine craft [6]
8. Copper gets the final odds to make the point [4]
9. Squadron commander teams up with dog to make it happen [5]
10. Cogent Eric forms a view at odds with Galileo [9]
12. Bub is go for night illumination [7]
14. Consul icon makes a finding [10]
16. Rear element produces speech for Indians [5]
17. Aircraft takes time to set up orbiter [6]
19. Commanding Officer encountered heavenly body [5]
20. Utilise unserviceable energy [3]
21. Hula dancers surround the boy [3]
23. Drug in tremor phase [7]
26. Decoration without direction on animal evenly divides day [7]
28. Tristan changes to move across [7]
31. The old one is nostalgic for UK [4]
32. Church into the slops? Fishy! [6]
33. Corp is seen to wobble [10]
35. Gunga Din would reflect sign of the times [8]
37. Derate Roger – a backward step [10]
38. Steel men break down into components [8]

DOWN:
1. Argument curtailed for culinary bird [5]
2. Choose pro to tell the future [9]
3. Element inserted into outfit for tone [4]
4. Companion of the Order of Australia met British nobleman and newspaper man and provided an explanatory statement of conduct [9]
5. Force rodents to find head of state [4]
6. Path set by noted trim with nervous twitch [8]
8. And [11]
11. Tensional clot forms cosmic group [13]
13. Hocus up hi is hocus up high [9]
14. Companion of Honour takes metal to academic astronomer [8]
15. To be manuscripts creates beliefs [4]
18. Element is not relevant [2]
22. On a G string? [3]
24. Models is roe err [8]
25. Arthur’s rugby score is creative [8]
27. Slump back in a state [3]
29. Nitrogen chilling device is preferred [5]
30. Guarantee confident with arsenic [6]
31. Angle for a qualification [6]
34. Paired with sods? [4]
36. Adjust tap to fit [3]

SOLUTION

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