March 2017 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

Theme: General Skeptical Issues

by Ken Greatorex

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ACROSS:

1. One who has a reputation for divination and magic [5]
9. Alternative therapy which needs its active agents to be diluted out of existence [10]
11. Card game whose deck is used for prognostication [5]
12. Enquire [3]
14. Depend [4]
15. Food supplements whose major effect may be to produce expensive urine [8]
17. Specialist in a particular branch of study [7]
18. Surmounting [4]
20. Semi-precious variety of agate with parallel bands of alternating colours [4]
21. System of complementary medicine based on manipulation of the spine in order to treat a bewildering variety of ailments [12]
25. Prophets [5]
27. Grade, echelon [4]
30. Spider or scorpion, for example [8]
31. Seeking water by divination [7]
34. May mean mature, former or hackneyed [3]
36. Prolonged dispute [4]
38. Figurative expression [5]
39. Period in which there is least difference between high and low tide level [4]
41. The capacity to do work [6]
42. Transported bodily to heaven [4]
43. Study of the occult significance of numbers [10]
44. Custom of Hindu women burning to death on their husband’s funeral pyre [6]

DOWN:

1. Trendy but ill-informed opposition to immunisation against disease by inoculation [15]
2. Lists of mistakes [6]
3. Objects or animals believed to have spiritual significance [6]
4. Stage of profound meditation in Hindu and Buddhist practice [6]
5. Muslim ruler [4]
6. Aims, objectives [5]
7. Tibetan ungulate [3]
8. Australian Skeptics’ standing offer to pay $100,000 to anyone who is able to demonstrate paranormal ability under test conditions [9]
10. Clairvoyant, astrologer, mind reader, palmist, medium, telepath or spiritualist for example [7]
13. Spasm, convulsion [8]
16. Covered walkway deriving from ancient Greek architecture [4]
19. A small bomb which you wouldn’t want to be hoisted with [6]
22. Unrealistic pursuit of perfection; Utopianism [8]
23. William of __ said that in explaining a thing no more assumptions should be made than are necessary [6]
24. In accordance with reason or logic [8]
26. Clearly seen or understood [7]
28. Inactive [4]
29. Messages posted on a currently popular social media service [6]
32. Belonging to [2]
33. Star [3]
35. (Northern English and Scottish) An amount of work; the product of a day’s work [4]
37. Exaggerated promotion of a product, idea or service [4]
40. Remunerate [3]

SOLUTION

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