June 2015 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

Theme: Cults & Sects

58 grid

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STANDARD CLUES

(Scroll Down for Cryptic Clues)

ACROSS:
1. a.k.a. tetanus [7]
4. & 8 across & 10 across: Original name of The Family International, founded by David Berg [8, 2, 3]
8. See 4 across
10. See 4 across
14. Dactyl appendage [3]
15. & 18 across: Colloquial name for The International Society for Krishna Consciousness [4, 6]
18. See 15 across
19. Third largest city in Denmark [6]
20. Serial wife-murderer [9]
23. Lacking [6]
24. North Americans with Japanese forebears [6]
27. & 28 across: Sect largely based around children “adopted” by Anne Hamilton Byrne [3, 5]
28. See 27 across
30. & 32 across: Japanese “Supreme Truth” sect [3, 9]
32. See 30 across
36. & 37 across: Any of the belief systems originating in Melanesia which links ritual practices with the reward of material goods [5, 4]
37. See 36 across
39. Unsteady movement from side to side [6]
42. Traditional Japanese musical drama [3]
44. Popular name for followers of 31 down [7]
45. Milk serum [4]
47. Fear or anxiety [5]
49. A deer, a female deer [3]
50. Friendly, good-natured [7]
54. _ _ _ _ _ _ Chopra M.D., new-age guru [6]
57. Luminous; graceful; playful [7]
59. & 60 across: Recently deceased (2011) Indian guru with an international following; his “miracles” have been frequently debunked [3, 4]
60. See 59 across
61. Annoyed [5]
62. Pace [4]
64. Long periods of time, especially in geology, cosmology or astronomy [5]
65. Competently [4]
67. Cover loosely with cloth [5]
68. Exclusive control [8]
70. Mode of expression or figure of speech not literally applicable; e.g. “to kick the bucket” [5]
72. Religious festival [6]
74. & 76 & 77 across: a.k.a. Chandra Mohan Jain or Osho, an Indian guru and mystic (d. 1990); with a large American following and a predilection for Rolls Royces [7, 5, 8]
76. See 74 across
77. See 74 across
81. & 83 across: Marshall Applewhite’s millenarian group, famous for the suicide of 39 members in order to reach an alien space craft following Comet Hale–Bopp [7, 4]
83. See 81 across
84. Site in Guyana of 913 deaths of followers of Jim Jones (see also 38 down) [9]
87. L Ron Hubbard’s quasi-religious construct [11]
89. Series of shots fired or missiles thrown all at the same time or in quick succession [9]
91. & 92 across: Fundamentalist Protestant sect most numerous in Australia, New Zealand, UK, and North America; noted for ostracism of family members who leave the congregation [9, 8]
92. See 91 across
DOWN:
1. Mainstream Protestant Christian denomination with 80 million adherents and origins in the 16th century [8]
2. Formalised set of shared religious beliefs [5]
3. & 39 down: Group best known for door-to-door preaching, distributing literature and refusing military service and blood transfusions [7, 9]
5. Walks recreationally [5]
6. In geometry, planar regions each bounded by a circle [5]
7. Boredom [5]
9. & 35 down: Chinese spiritual practice with an international following which has reportedly been the subject of extensive human rights abuses within China [5, 4]
11. Look lecherously [4]
12. With great enthusiasm [6]
13. Tear into pieces [4]
16. Fuss [3]
17. Japanese spiritual practice which uses a technique commonly called palm healing as a form of alternative medicine [5]
21. & 49 down: 76 of these perished in a siege at Waco, Texas [6, 9]
22. Relating to an imaginary line about which a body rotates [5]
25. Alternative name for moose or wapiti [3]
26. _ _ _ _ Roberts, (d.2009) an American televangelist and charismatic [4]
28. Stringed instrument [4]
31. & 58 down: SUN  _ _ _ _ _   _ _ _ _  , Korean-born founder of the Unification Church, noted for mass marriage ceremonies; Died in 2013 leaving US$3 billion despite a gaol term for tax evasion [5], [4]
33. & 63 down: Collective name for followers of 74 across [6, 6]
34. Imperial measure of area [4]
35. See 9 down
38. & 56 down & 79 down: Collective term for followers of Jim Jones (see also 84 across) [3, 7, 6]
39. See 3 down
40. These people subscribe to the idea that one can live without food and drink, and subsist only off of “pranic light”, which is accurate, channelled information from a huge invisible spaceship hovering over North America. Best-known practitioner is Australian Jasmuheen [12]
41. Permanent diplomatic mission [7]
43. UFO religion founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon, which teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extra-terrestrials [8]
45. Stopped sleeping [4]
46. Element 2’s symbol [2]
48. Played slowly [6]
49. See 21 down
51. Winged mammal [3]
52. Assume a horizontal resting position [3]
53. Name of leader of an eponymous Californian commune collectively responsible for a series of violent murders in the late 1960s [6]
55. Dense black wood [5]
56. See 38 down
58. See 31 down
63. See 33 down
66. The region of the hips, groin, and lower abdomen [5]
69. Woody tissue [6]
71. Colloquial name for members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [7]
73. Members of the largest recognised indigenous tribe in the United States [7]
74. Principles, ideals, convictions [7]
75. Long, complicated dispute or argument [7]
77. Scandinavian handwoven rug [3]
78. Cure [4]
79. See 38 down
80. Ancient manuscript in book form [5]
81. Beneficiaries [5]
82. Curriculum _ _ _ _ _ : short account of career and qualifications prepared by a job applicant [5]
85. Body of water [3]
86. Man-eating giant [4]
88. Throw with a high arc [3]
90. Top level domain country code for German internet sites [2]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
1. Security talk-fest is sickening [7]
4. & 8 across & 10 across: Mars, Vulcan, Minerva and Hercules by Jove [8, 2, 3]
8. See 4 across
10. See 4 across
14. Odds of figurative language being extremity [3]
15. & 18 across: Hark! Hernias can be manipulated for sect [4, 6]
18. See 15 across
19. Oxygen thick in Denmark [6]
20. Error! Bruin takes the old money to find serial killer [9]
23. Of French invalid – found lacking [6]
24. I add to data perception to locate “aliens” interned by US [6]
27. & 28 across: Am heftily upset finding Anne’s sect [3, 5]
28. See 27 across
30. & 32 across: You shrink aim to become this [3, 9]
32. See 30 across
36. & 37 across: If you build it, they will come [5, 4]
37. See 36 across
39. Bob and Lew got mixed up and developed a shake [6]
42. Biblical boatman mostly for Japanese musical [3]
44. That is in satellites of the Korean Sun [7]
45. Milk extract from tree back across element [4]
47. Strong flavours are source of fear [5]
49. Same again with energy for female of the species [3]
50. Myth associated with audio frequency is quite friendly [7]
54. Oprah launched alt-med millionaire [6]
57. Young ovis medical specialty is luminous [7]
59. & 60 across: Abba is a confused guru [3, 4]
60. See 59 across
61. Members of convex edifice are annoyed [5]
62. Last episode has set a pace [4]
64. A nose broken for ages [5]
65. Fat baldy evens out competently [4]
67. Hang medical primate [5]
68. Spin pony loom to get control [8]
70. Your guess is as good as mine [5]
72. As tree changed for Spring festival [6]
74. & 76 & 77 across: “God is Mad”, he said [7, 5, 8]
76. See 74 across
77. See 74 across
81. & 83 across: The Marshall plan to get to Hale-Bopp [7, 4]
83. See 81 across
84. Venue for Jim’s deadly cocktail party [9]
87. Ron’s “ology” would be better described as garbology [11]
89. Musket takes a load and makes several shots [9]
91. & 92 across: Restrictive siblings crush next believer [9, 8]
92. See 91 across
DOWN:
1. Believer fractured the ulnar [8]
2. Indian tribe takes 500 to establish beliefs [5]
3. & 39 down: Vote as Jewishness to create religious group [7, 9]
5. That chap’s embedded kinetic energy enables perambulations [5]
6. Extract uranium from Olympic projectile to set records [5]
7. Sullen nuisances have the makings of lethargy [5]
9. & 35 down: Swedish city timpani used for Chinese movement [5, 4]
11. Frog leaping around a bad look [4]
12. Adjust five daily to create enthusiasm [6]
13. King to finish – RIP [4]
16. Notice nothing. What a fuss [3]
17. Engineer one’s potassium iodide for hands on alt-med [5]
21. & 49 down: Treat acid band varnish at Waco [6, 9]
22. Could be about x, y or z [5]
25. Herbivore in chapel kitchen [3]
26. Alternatively, aluminium by mouth [4]
28. Nag for instrument [4]
31. & 58 down: Gun my mono to set up Korean cult leader [5], [4]
33. & 63 down: Citrus growers fans of Indian guru? [6, 6]
34. Area for current engineers [4]
35. See 9 down
38. & 56 down & 79 down: Chez Jones – for knock out drinks [3, 7, 6]
39. See 3 down
40. Practitioners of the ultimate low calorie diet [12]
41. Set up my bases to have diplomatic immunity [7]
43. Nails are used to make UFO religion [8]
45. Roused by eastern vessel to the east [4]
46. Noble, but explosive [2]
48. Notice silver moon’s slow movement [6]
49. See 21 down
51. Degree time to have a hit [3]
52. Untruth sounds caustic [3]
53. I am out of the grand house to leave murderer [6]
55. Note skeletal wood [5]
56. See 38 down
58. See 31 down
63. See 33 down
66. Fix cats to have girded part [5]
69. Woody polymer has nil gin [6]
71. Queen between medics with Nashos establishes religion [7]
73. Element with US state and Nigerian city finds US tribe [7]
74. A lie is at the heart of faiths [7]
75. Navy woman with curtailed glee creates a long dispute [7]
77. Light beam twisted into floor covering [3]
78. Sounds like a cure for calcaneus [4]
79. See 38 down
80. Old book from commander of French 10 [5]
81. Adapt municipal district for beneficiaries [5]
82. That’s life! [5]
85. We hear it is a wet place for a Bishop’s seat [3]
86. Fabulous monster interrupts progress [4]
88. Toss up for left out of battle [3]
90. Of French newspaper boss taken aback [2]

SOLUTION

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