June 2017 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Religious Imagery

With Standard and Cryptic Clues

By Ken Greatorex & Roy Arnott


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STANDARD CLUES (Scroll down for Cryptic Clues)

ACROSS:
1. Spiritual hermitage or a monastery in Indian religions [6]
5. & 8 across: Symbol of Jewish national identity [5, 5]
8. See 5 across
13. Avatar of Hindu god Ganesh [8]
15. Dome shaped Buddhist shrine [5]
16. Starchy tuber [3]
17. Clothing [6]
19. Letters of old Germanic alphabets [5]
22. Anger [3]
23. Nuns’ headdresses [7]
25. Devotional painted image of Christ or other holy person [4]
27. Particular period of time in history [5]
30. Of crucial importance [3]
31. A process of recording audio-visual content [6]
34. Arbitrary standard of golfing competence [3]
36. Spirit [3]
37. Migratory insectivorous bird with forked tail [7]
38. Egyptian Cross of Life [4]
40. Ecclesiastical headdress [5]
41. Cross symbol bearing Christ [8]
42. Regret [3]
43. Circular representation of the cosmos in oriental religious art [7]
44. Object of knightly quests [5]
48. The quality in a sound of being deep, full, and reverberating [9]
50. Hindu or Buddhist temple in the form of a many-tiered tower [6]
52. Greek island home of Hippocrates [3]
54. South American crocodilian [6]
56. Sufi holy men who live by begging [6]
60. Venerated remains e.g. of a saint [5]
61. Substance that is burned to produce a sweet smell, often as part of a religious ritual [7]
63. (US Spelling) Prefix denoting ‘ancient”, usually relating to something from the geological past; currently applied to some clinically unsupported ideas about healthy eating [5]
65. Canonical Hebrew prayer and praise book [6]
66. Middle Eastern bubble pipe [5]
67. & 68 across & 69 across & 70 across: Roman Catholic rite of Excommunication: [4, 4, 3, 6]
68. See 67 across
69. See 67 across
70. See 67 across
72. Sources of ivory [5]
73. & 74 across: Frequently seen symbol of the Buddhist path to enlightenment; also in Jainism and Hinduism [6, 5]
74. See 73 across

DOWN:
2. Ancient religious symbol adopted by the Nazi party [8]
3. Replenish [8]
4. Muslim prayer tower [7]
6. (old Scottish) Askew, awry [5]
7. Catch sight of [4]
9. Raised structure on which sacrifices are offered [5]
10. One of 28 oblong tiles marked with 0 to 6 pips [6]
11. Faculty of articulation [6]
12. Conserve [3]
14. Aura [4]
18. Golfer’s aid [3]
20. Federation of forty-six states and four commonwealths [3]
21. Common adopted Sikh surname which means “lion” [5]
24. More gleeful [7]
26. The widespread application of computer graphics to simulate or enhance in art, print media, films and television [3]
28. Raised platform from which religious homilies can be espoused [6]
29. Bishop’s staff [7]
32. Occult symbol in the form of a five pointed star [9]
33. Very bad or unpleasant [5]
35. & 51 down: Entrance to a Shinto shrine [5, 4]
39. Gem or ornament fashioned to resemble a beetle [6]
40. Attacks and robs in public [4]
45. First man in Abrahamic tradition [4]
46. A water bird OR a silly person [4]
47. Jewish ritual candelabrum [7]
49. Fragments, off-cuts, snippets etc [6]
50. Acmes, summits [9]
51. See 35 down
52. The property of being a mixture of fine particles in uniform suspension in a dispersing medium; examples, milk, butter, jelly, muddy water, plaster, coloured glass, and paper [9]
53. In Christianity, a ceremony regarded as imparting spiritual grace [9]
55. Testament [4]
57. Islam’s holiest shrine [5]
58. To set right an undesirable situation [6]
59. international code signal of distress [3]
62. Wrapping for the dead [6]
64. Nun’s garment [5]
65. (Upper-class English slang derived from Hindi and Urdu) genuine, authentic, proper [5]
71. Wonderment [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
1. Shove fire residue and sound retreat [6]
5. & 8 across: Mad evading to find guiding star [5, 5]
8. See 5 across
13. A joker of the animal kingdom, having a flexible nose and limited warehouse accommodation for his teeth. – Bierce [8]
15. Place back in State to build dome [5]
16. Monthly return for vegetable [3]
17. Art tie can form part of ensemble [6]
19. Dried fruit less quiet reveals ancient writing [5]
22. To strive without a snake creates anger [3]
23. Head covers for politician immersed in strategems [7]
25. Change money to get holy picture [4]
27. Ours is the holocene [5]
30. Lackey has the means to open doors [3]
31. Fastener in label used for strapping [6]
34. Knock back for equality [3]
36. Get the artillery out the food crop. That’s the spirit [3]
37. One insufficient for Summer [7]
38. Get cross when searching in Egyptian khaki [4]
40. Timer adjusted head gear [5]
41. An ancient religious symbol erroneously supposed to owe its significance to the most solemn event in the history of Christianity, but really antedating it by thousands of years. – Bierce [8]
42. French street is to regret [3]
43. Universal symbol from mad land [7]
44. Book binding adhesive used to form chalice [5]
48. No carreens can make reverberation [9]
50. A mythical being slips into public address to build temple [6]
52. Ratio of Lettuces? [3]
54. Found between crocodile and alligator [6]
56. Element in fetes establishes holy men [6]
60. Remnant engineer licenced [5]
61. Odour of sanctity? [7]
63. Ancient Pennsylvania lion [5]
65. Sacred song from afterthought moneys given to poor [6]
66. A peculiar Melbourne turn generates smoke [5]
67. & 68 across & 69 across & 70 across: It is anathema! [4, 4, 3, 6]
66. See 67 across
69. See 67 across
70. See 67 across
72. You French Soviet rifle, what big teeth you have [5]
73. & 74 across: Harmed whale to get religious symbol [6, 5]
74. See 73 across

DOWN:
2. Waits, asks and becomes a symbol [8]
3. About to dine with timber laminate to deliver the goods [8]
4. Look at me in art making a tower [7]
6. Metal away from the wind upsets Scottish plans [5]
7. Sixth sense, = f(x), spot [4]
9. The place whereon the priest formerly raveled out the small intestine of the sacrificial victim for the purpose of divination and cooked its flesh for the gods. – Bierce [5]
10. Ion mod mod for tile [6]
11. Delivery of phoneme string [6]
12. Topping traffic snarl [3]
14. High altitude low opening has a ring to it [4]
18. Square, shirt, piece [3]
20. Unseat with net reduction for land of free [3]
21. Sikh makes vocal music to hydrogen [5]
24. Happier to have Queen appear twice [7]
26. 100 US soldiers are computer creations [3]
28. An elevated box, into which the person gets, for fear that people would not otherwise notice his superiority over his congregation. – Bierce [6]
29. See staff? [7]
32. Message sent to US Defense Department HQ? [9]
33. Licit but loses start and becomes very unpleasant [5]
35. & 51 down: Gait to ire to find shrine ingress [5, 4]
39. Wound mark on sailor looks like an insect [6]
40. Dental mounts shifted for drinking vessels [4]
45. Notice in the morning for first man [4]
46. Silly person hiding in silo one [4]
47. Ran home to set up candles [7]
49. Rubbish in vessel sets up ugly fights [6]
50. Snipe clan reforms to get to summits [9]
51. See 35 down
52. Tyndall spoke of scatter through this [9]
53. State to pack tight medical specialty. It is a ritual [9]
55. Pig’s dinner less direction makes testament [4]
57. Sacred site gone around seven times [5]
58. Cure my deer [6]
59. Bones ossify but hides sign of distress [3]
62. Gear to die for [6]
64. A shackle for the free. – Bierce [5]
65. Diggers’ name for Army training area sounds genuine in India [5]
71. Melbourne radio station takes direction. It’s a wonder [3]

SOLUTION

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