March 2015 Skeptical Crossword

by Ken Greatorex 

Theme: General Skeptical Issues

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ACROSS:

  1. Once-faddish method of predicting various aspects of a person’s life through simple mathematical cycles. Scientists now believe that predictions are no better than chance and that the concept is pseudoscience [10]
  2. Dishonest scheme [4]
  3. Alas! [3]
  4. Completely [7]
  5. A minority religious belief considered to be extremist by its non-adherents [4]
  6. One of the major principles of a religion or philosophy [5]
  7. Serenity [9]
  8. Excreted solution [5]
  9. System of fortune telling based on cards [5]
  10. One of a race of giants [5]
  11. The ratio of a company’s debt to its equity [7]
  12. Intelligible, comprehensible, cogent [5]
  13. Prepare a document again, but in a different way [7]
  14. Ensanguined [6]
  15. Fable, lore [4]
  16. Reliable, continuing [6]
  17. Belief [3]
  18. Gratuity [3]
  19. Czech-born German-language writer whose name has become a by-word for senseless, disorienting, often menacing complexity [5]
  20. Musical theatre [5]
  21. Roman sixty-one [3]
  22. Fanatical or zealous believer in a particular religion or god [7]
  23. Subjective form of Us [2]
  24. Carved Maori good-luck figure [4]
  25. Tiller or wheel of a ship [4]
  26. Complain persistently [3]
  27. & 54 across: Technique of using guesses and assumptions, then narrowing in on any positive responses, in order to give the impression of having psychically gained information about a person (two words, [4], [7])
  28. See 52 across
  29. By way of repetition [5]
  30. & 58 across: Early Spiritualist siblings, subsequently proved fraudulent (two words, [3], [7])
  31. See 57 across
  32. That which remains [7]

DOWN:

  1. & 42 down: A form of Creationism – the conjecture that life arose under the guidance of an intelligent agent rather than the result of random natural processes (two words, [11], [6])
  2. Decompose; also verbal nonsense [3]
  3. & 28 down & 37 down & 53 down: Paranormal skill claimed by John Edward, James van Praagh et al (four words, [7], [2], [3], [4])
  4. & 41 down: Early photographic scam which attracted ardent believers such as Conan Doyle (two words, [10], [7])
  5. & 32 down: What Daniel Palmer was into before he invented Chiropractic (two words, [8], [7])
  6. & 36 down: Motion that continues indefinitely without any external source of energy; not possible according to basic physical laws (two words, [9], [6])
  7. Interpretations of omens related to the flight of birds [8]
  8. & 24 down: Discovery of recoverable water resources by paranormal means (two words, [5], [8])
  9. & 26 down: The belief that humans and sometimes farm animals are being taken secretly against their will by apparently nonhuman entities and subjected to complex physical and psychological procedures [two words, [5], [9])
  10. & 38 down: Alleged supernatural or paranormal properties of certain ancient Egyptian tombs and objects of similar shape (two words, [7], [5])
  11. Two of these make one em [2]
  12. Tune [3]
  13. See 10 down
  14. See 12 down
  15. Insect [3]
  16. See 4 down
  17. Kimono sash [3]
  18. See 7 down
  19. Consume available resource frugally to make it last [3]
  20. See 8 down
  21. See 4 down
  22. See 14 down
  23. Creative activity in pursuit of beauty [3]
  24. See 6 down
  25. See 2 down
  26. Edson Arantes do Nascimento [4]
  27. Originating in the Isle of Man [4]
  28. Refer to previously published literature as evidence for or justification of an argument or statement e.g. in a Scientific Paper [4]
  29. See 4 down
  30. Irrational root of an integer e.g. The square root of two [4]

SOLUTION

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