May 2012 Crossword (Standard Clues)

by Roy Arnott and Ken Greatorex

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CLUES ACROSS:

      1. & 37 Down. Observed trend of alteration to weather patterns over time (two words: [7], [6])

5. See 22 Down

8. Nocturnal flying mammal [3]

10. Frameworks of identifiable elements which give form and stability [10]

14. Bull sign [6]

16. & 18 Across. Permanent trump suit of 22 cards in a tarot deck (two words; [5], [6])

20. Attachment to an object for opening, handling, or identification [3]

22. _ _ _ _ _  Acid, aka Vitamin B9 [5]

24. Prompting signal [3]

26. Eggs [3]

28. Groups [4]

29. See 12 Down

30. Cooked mixture of flour and fat [4]

31. Employ [3]

32. & 21 Down. Generic term as frequently abbreviated for non-orthodox healing practices (two words, [3], [3])

35. Competitive recreation [5]

36. Filled tortilla [4]

38. Social ingénue [3]

40. Skeptical shorthand for pseudo-science [3]

43. Succulent plant traditionally used in herbal medicine [4]

45. Simulated medical treatment intended to deceive the recipient [7]

48. Biological fluid container [3]

49. Species division into male or female [3]

50. Adherent to the founding principles of his or her faith [14]

52. Disc Operating System [3]

53. Comparative Fraction [5]

56. Hellenic [7]

58. Augur, seer, haruspice [7]

59. (Originally) Treat for alcohol or drug dependence; now widened to include dubious, unnecessary practices [5]

60. Dismissive shoulder movement [5]

61. Fish sign [6]

CLUES DOWN:

2. Event attributed to divine intervention [7]

3. Immature newt [3]

4. Standard, model or pattern regarded as typical [4]

6. Study of heavenly bodies in the belief that they influence earthly events [9]

7. Fortune-telling with a 78 card deck [5]

8. However; On the contrary [3]

9. Light volcanic rock [4]

10. Meetings for receipt of spirit messages [7]

11. (slang) Swindle, fraud [3]

12. & 29 Across. Thermo-auricular Therapy by its common name (two words,  [3], [8])

13. The Jesuits (abb) [2]

15. Chiropractic term for perceived problems with the spinal column [11]

19. Halo [4]

21. See 32 Across

22. & 5 Across. Confidence trick (two words, usually hyphenated, [4], [4])

23.Dorsal protective shield, e.g. in lobsters and tortoises [8]

25. Australian invention (abb) called a pick-up truck in US [3]

27. First cardinal number [3]

29. & 42 Down. Communication technique where information is elicited from a subject without that person’s awareness (two words, [4], [7])

33. Playfully annoy [5]

34. To be in debt [3]

37. See 1 Across

39. Lacking in flavour [5]

41. The Serpent Bearer [8]

42. See 29 Down

44. Cephalopod mollusc [7]

46. Straddling [7]

47. Egress [4]

51. Hoofed mammal of the genus Equus [3]

54. Playing card with one pip  [3]

55. Abundant metal element [4]

57. Textile’s texture [3]

Solution here: https://vicskeptics.wordpress.com/puzzles/may-2012-crossword-solution/

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