March 2016 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: General Skepticism

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

67 grid

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STANDARD CLUES (Scroll down for Cryptic Clues)

ACROSS:
2. Australia’s favourite cryptid: often associated with waterholes [6]
5. Polynesian: proscribed by custom as improper or unacceptable [4]
9. Regret [3]
11. Ordered arrangement for display [5]
13. Creed, dogma [8]
14. Folk [6]
15. John Edward’s job description [11]
17. Indistinct; hazy [7]
18. Deceived, hoodwinked [5]
20. Formal charge of wrongdoing brought against a person [7]
21. Decompose [3]
24. Loves greatly or excessively [8]
26. & 27 across: Technique used by magicians and psychics to discover details about another person without prior knowledge [4, 7]
27. See 26 across
29. Worry, nervousness, unease [7]
30. Actual [4]
32. Ignited [3]
34. Study that claims to interpret the influence of the heavenly bodies on human affairs [9]
35. Foot-operated lever [5]
36. Participating or engaged in a particular sphere or project [6]
37. Waterfall, rapids, cataract [5]
39. Hideous man-eating giant [4]
43. Remnant of limb or tree [5]
45. (Archaic) Happily, gladly [4]
48. (Hindu) set of aphorisms [5]
49. Water bird [4]
50. Entirely lacking [6]
51. Type or sort [3]
53. What Pope Formosus was when put on trial [4]
56. Homeopathic agitation during dilution [10]
57. Common adverb of place or position [5]
58. Average [4]
59. Sheltered side [3]
60. English translation of “Nullabor” [8]
62. Where two sides or edges meet [6]
63. Group which is heretical or deviates from orthodox religious tradition [4]
64. Steiner-related biological system as applied to agriculture [11]
67. Dishonest scheme to defraud [4]
71. Object of the Egyptian bull cult [4]
75. With great eagerness [6]
77. Trick-taking card game appropriated by fortune-tellers [5]
78. Devotee of the Flying Spaghetti Monster [11]
81. American award recognising excellence in the television industry [4]
82. To process leather [3]
83. Without feeling [4]
85. Large body of water [3]
87. The “L” in L. Ron Hubbard [9]
88. Quasi-medical system based on the precept “Like Cures Like” [10]
90. Consumed [3]
91. Unfairly predisposed; not impartial [6]
92. Medicine or procedure whose perceived benefit is psychological rather than physiological [7]
DOWN:
1. & 58 down: Technique promoted by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi [14, 10]
2. Beside [2]
3. The state of being usual, typical or expected [8]
4. One who attacks cherished beliefs or established institutions [10]
5. Each in a series of rows placed one above the other [4]
6. Any animal with a two-legged gait [5]
7. Thrust with a pointed weapon [4]
8. Ceremony following a prescribed form [6]
9. Purported hypnotic-state journey to an earlier time or past life [10]
10. Consumed frugally [4]
12. Section of a circle [3]
13. Site of a famous Greek oracle [6]
14. & 30 down: Important feature of the Scientific method [4, 6]
16. Ufology Central [7]
19. Assimilate food or information [6]
22. Rock from which a metal may be commercially extracted [3]
23. Kind of freshwater duck, or the colour thereof [4]
25. & 47 down: John Lennon’s derogatory name for the Maharishi [4, 5]
28. & 54 down: TV medium whose alleged assistance to law enforcement formed the basis of the TV series Medium [6, 6]
30. See 14 down
31. & 48 down: Sibling Spiritualist Pioneers Leah, Margaret and Kate [3, 7]
33. Label [3]
34. Fermented beverage [3]
36. The use of aromatic plant extracts and essential oils for mood altering and (more controversially) healing [12]
38. Funerary vase [3]
40. Dowsing [6]
41. Partly digested food returned to ruminants’ mouth for further chewing [3]
42. See 25 down
44. Excessive concern with minor details and rules [8]
46. Egyptian goddess [4]
47. Authoritarian system of government [7]
48. See 31 down
50. Godlike [7]
52. Anatomical joint [4]
54. See 28 down
55. Followed a process of reasoning in which a conclusion follows necessarily from the premises presented, and cannot be false if the premises are true [9]
58. See 1 down
61. Break free [6]
65. The reciprocal of the focal length (in metres) of a given lens [7]
66. Unsolicited messages sent over the Internet [4]
68. Any of the alternative manifestations of a god [6]
69. One who exhibits excessive single-minded zeal for a cause [7]
70. Things that represent or stand for something else [7]
72. Belief system [3]
73. Ancient writing implement with a pointed end for scratching letters on wax-covered tablets [6]
74. Gland sometimes associated with the “third eye” of some spiritual traditions [6]
76. Charged atom [3]
79. Beam [3]
80. (Greek and Roman Mythology) Any one of three goddesses who preside over the birth and life of humans [4]
84. Reverse the effects of a previous action [4]
85. Mineral spring [3]
86. Devour [3]
89. Element 70’s symbol [2]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
2. Hair style with sports related problem is something nasty in the Australian swamp [6]
5. Gambling establishment at University is unacceptable [4]
9. Have remorse in a French street [3]
11. Sounds like a sunbeam to order [5]
13. Once dirt, now established belief [8]
14. Pope changed the French masses [6]
15. Conversation of death [11]
17. I cannot see clearly now [7]
18. Deceived by physical training in unexploded shell [5]
20. Charge from current with copper and Indian tree [7]
21. Rocky peak taken aback? Rubbish! [3]
24. Is siloed but venerates [8]
26. & 27 across: Notes temperature of -10 degrees C [4, 7]
27. See 26 across
29. Adrenaline generator [7]
30. We hear Scottish dance adjusted for inflation [4]
32. Fired up by Arts degree [3]
34. “The science of making the dupe see stars.” – Ambrose Bierce [9]
35. Plead for foot control. [5]
36. Neutral, Earth and … ? [6]
37. A lust for rapids [5]
39. Monster evolved from gore [4]
43. Past the black one is way out of town [5]
45. Gladly misfile [4]
48. A rust can produce pointed expressions [5]
49. English white, Australian black [4]
50. This clue intentionally left blank [6]
51. Sort found in fabrics [3]
53. Tradition is the democracy of the … [4]
56. Homeopathic agitation during dilution [10]
57. The Engineers in place [5]
58. Intend to be about the centre [4]
59. Confederate general away from the weather [3]
60. Disturb eels rest to make cleared land [8]
62. Grain to Queen to get control of the market [6]
63. A religion without the numbers [4]
64. Iambic synod becomes Steiner-influenced farming [11]
67. Southerly projection is dishonest [4]
71. Egyptian religion is all bull [4]
75. Eagerness from opera lady taken aback with every suffix [6]
77. Pitch to the observer target line is on the cards [5]
78. Tapas farina used for FSM followers [11]
81. Short housebreaker’s tool to get TV award [4]
82. Leather craft from trig function [3]
83. Curtail figure to be without feeling [4]
85. Crop marine animal to find its home [3]
87. Yet fatale for du Motier [9]
88. Quackery based on math phooey [10]
90. Container lacked credit and consumed [3]
91. C of G off centre [6]
92. Location of smell could seem beneficial [7]
DOWN:
1. & 58 down: I would close my eyes to this mantra [14, 10]
2. Gem displays authorship [2]
3. Only cram to get to usual state [8]
4. Accost lion to find attacker of beliefs [10]
5. Disturb religious practice to get level [4]
6. eg bilateral lower extremities [5]
7. Thrust wound caused by sporting equipment taken back [4]
8. Throwing away something: destroying our corn or wine upon the altar of our gods. G K Chesterson [6]
9. A trip to an earlier life – by least squares perhaps? [10]
10. Deferred or avoided time of nothing left [4]
12. Part of x2 + y2 = 1 [3]
13. Spot for Greek sooth [6]
14 & 30 down: Science sounds like it involves examination of jetties [4, 6]
16. They say no ET landed here. But they would say that [7]
19. Excavate at Australian time zone to assimilate [6]
22. Mineral source sounds like it produces wonder [3]
23. Duck in late alteration [4]
25. & 47 down: What have you done? You made a fool of everyone [4, 5]
28. & 54 down: Medium talent says she knows where the bodies are buried. She would be more useful if she told police where crimes were going to be committed. [6, 6]
30. See 14 down
31. & 48 down: The Misses Reynard [3, 7]
33. Data group contains label [3]
34. Man goes short to have a beer [3]
36. Treatment process which converts scented plant material into money [12]
38. Brings home the ashes [3]
40. Process of finding water by use of prior knowledge [6]
41. Second run bolus [3]
42. See 25 down
44. Is there a word limit for clues? Must they be in English? And can I use symbols? [8]
46. Double verb to be for influence in old Egypt [4]
47. Descriptor for those who disagree with Left progressive policies [7]
48. See 31 down
50. Die from godlike change [7]
52. Keen to find a joint [4]
54. See 28 down
55. Cede dud to reach a conclusion [9]
58. See 1 down
61. Games caper has get away [6]
65. Tired op to sort out magnification [7]
66. Betting odds at morning are junk [4]
68. Lava targets include alt-form gods [6]
69. Strong believer in a cause other than mine [7]
70. Representative indicators sound percussive [7]
72. His mind has a belief system [3]
73. Has a point when corresponding [6]
74. Melatonin factory [6]
76. Charge could be cat or an [3]
79. Ted, Johnny, Sting or X? [3]
80. We hear a celebration. But it is your lot [4]
84. As you were! [4]
85. Shorten pole on ship to provide spring [3]
86. Raise temperature without hydrogen to consume [3]
89. Pay back source of rare earth [2]

SOLUTION

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