May 2016 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

by Ken Greatorex & Roy Arnott
Theme: Religion & Superstition

69 grid

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STANDARD CLUES –  (Scroll down for Cryptic clues)

ACROSS:
1. A form of government in which a single entity rules with absolute power [9]
8. Queen of the Olympian deities [4]
9. In Norse myth, the twilight of the gods [8]
10. Greek goddess of love [9]
12. Ancient Roman deity protecting boundaries and frontiers [8]
14. Hindu deva of rain and thunderstorms [5]
16. Islam’s holiest shrine [5]
17. Omen; sign [9]
19. The Ram in Star-sign astrology [5]
21. Horse racing or racecourses generally [4]
22. Outlines of curricula [7]
24. Ancient Egyptian mother and fertility goddess [4]
27. Australian Aboriginal mythology; a sacred era in which ancestral totemic spirit beings created the world [9]
30. The Fallen Angel [7]
33. Old World succulent plant genus, with medicinal and cosmetic associations [4]
34. British Government in India [3]
36. Greek Muse of history [4]
37. Meat from a calf [4]
38. Semitic god [4]
39. Latin King [3]
41. Ancient Greek god of marriage [5]
43. Locality of an oracle sacred to Apollo [6]
45. The Sun as deified by the Romans [3]
47. Where according to Genesis, Adam and Eve first lived [4]
48. River of Hades [4]
49. Illegally replace one already in power [5]
51. Element # 50 [3]
54. Vertebral columns [6]
55. The Greek Nymphs who inhabit groves and forests [6]
59. Three goddesses who preside over the birth and life of humans [5]
60. There have been 12 Roman Catholic Popes with this name [4]
61. Castrated cattle (singular) [2]
62. Revered spirit of Northern, Central and Eastern Europe [5]
64. Siddhartha Gautama became this [6]
67. Helen’s lover [5]
68. Silver’s symbol [2]
70. The twins, the brothers Castor and Pollux [6]
72. A Christian cross or crucifix [4]
73. First man in Abrahamic tradition [4]
75. Egyptian sun god [2]
76. Greek underworld [5]
77. The Parthenon is dedicated to this goddess [6]
79. Truth, Justice and the Egyptian Way [4]
81. Container with a perforated lid used for sprinkling food with flour, sugar or grated cheese [7]
84. Clue, inkling [4]
86. Element #3’s symbol [2]
87. Unity [3]
90. Magician / medicine man [6]
91. King of the fairies [6]
92. Greek goddess of victory [4]
94. Small bitter fruit used as food and as a source of oil [5]
98. Brief written message [4]
100. Greek Muse of epic poetry [8]
102. Contractive fibrous tissue responsible for body movement [6]
104. Shellfish [6]
105. Alley [4]
106. Stylised Greek statue, usually of Pan [4]
107. Take an oath [5]
108. Deity [3]
109. King of Troy at the time of the Trojan War [5]

DOWN:
1. (Indian religion) the eternal law of the cosmos, inherent in the very nature of things [6]
2. A typical example, pattern or model [8]
3. A single piece of news [6]
4. Drink of choice for the Greek gods [6]
5. Small imaginary being of human form that has magical powers [7]
6. Roman god of gates and doors [5]
7. Female follower of Bacchus, subject to frenzied rites [6]
11. Triskaidekaphobia – fear of this number [8]
13. Hindu queen [4]
15. Vegetable fibre used for making items such as hats and baskets [6]
17. Muslim pilgrimage [4]
18. Regret [3]
20. Greek prophetess [5]
23. Roman god of wine [7]
25. Ancient Greek sea nymphs [6]
26. Posited immortal and immaterial part of a human being [4]
28. In Arthurian legend, the paradisiacal island to which the dying Arthur was taken [6]
29. Norse god of thunder and lightning [4]
30. Norse god characterised by shape-shifting and trickery [4]
31. First woman in Abrahamic tradition [3]
33. Slippery fish [4]
35. Patron Saint of lost causes [4]
36. A sea nymph [7]
38. Funerary platform for coffin or corpse [4]
40. Coming immediately after the present one [4]
42. Roman god of war [4]
44. Jewish Festival of Light [8]
46. Relating to the mouth [7]
49. Employ [3]
50. Roman goddess of peace [3]
52. Common conjunction introducing a conditional clause [2]
53. Greek water nymphs [6]
54. Considered a lucky number by many societies [5]
55. Highest hereditary British male title after the king [4]
56. Hindu religious sculpture in the form of female genitalia [4]
57. Cry [3]
58. Legendary seven-headed, fire breathing dragon [5]
60. Greek god of the sea [8]
63. Ninth month of the year in the Islamic calendar [8]
65. Extinct bird [4]
66. Garden and agricultural implement [3]
67. Greek nature and fertility deity [3]
69. One of three named archangels in the Bible [7]
71. Extinct bird [3]
74. “Now I am become Death, the _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of Worlds” [9]
76. Australian Rain God (Send ‘er down, _ _ _ _ _ _!) [6]
78. One of the twelve groups making up the population of ancient Israel [5]
80. Roman deity of cross roads [6]
82. Alternative name for moose or wapiti [3]
83. Member of a priestly caste of ancient Persia; a sorcerer [5]
84. Greek bard [5]
85. Captain of The Nautilus [4]
88. Hebrew version of Sumerian Utnapishtim or Greek Deucalion [4]
89. Unit of measurement, originally a cubit, i.e., approximating the length of a man’s arm from the elbow to the tip of the middle finger [3]
93. A.k.a. Troy [5]
95. Sick [3]
96. Very long periods of time [4]
97. Nymph; lover of Narcissus [4]
99. Prophet [4]
101. Item of church furniture [3]
103. Guided, conducted [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES 

ACROSS:
1. Location in lack of belief in supernatural aspects of religion finds absolute rule [9]
8. The range of deities includes the queen [4]
9. Argo rank sets the fading of the Scandinavian light [8]
10. Atrophied but functioned as goddess [9]
12. Expression in America is the end [8]
14. Drain formed for rain god [5]
16. It is a stone’s throw away from the mob [5]
17. Heavy drinker has endless harm as a sign of things to come [9]
19. 501 personal records are signed after start [5]
21. Sod old cigarette [4]
22. Is all by course outlines [7]
24. Queen mother from Geb and Nut [4]
27. Duration of nocturnal imagery sets creation myth [9]
30. Venus rising but fallen spiritual being [7]
33. Old English metal plant [4]
34. Vessel goes back for colonial government [3]
36. Muse found going back to lubricate many [4]
37. Move the farewell to provide meat dish [4]
38. God off side with the Hebrews [4]
39. Ruler in bar examination [3]
41. Membrane of no biological function [5]
43. Acid rating in food store provides oracular source [6]
45. Mars one day [3]
47. Mythological garden in doomed ending [4]
48. Charon’s work place [4]
49. America at Sumerian city, quietly, but illegally takes power [5]
51. Back louse egg into can [3]
54. Locations of book identifiers [6]
55. Old Greek ladies at the Oaks [6]
59. Clotho, Lachesis & Atropos. That is your lot [5]
60. Ratio, first person plural, said to be religious [4]
61. Truncated helmsman becomes bovine [2]
62. Spirit of Russia built on the potato [5]
64. Add hub for sage [6]
67. Eponymous tag of calcined gypsum [5]
68. Metal found in cocoa grease [2]
70. Post Mercury orbiter [6]
72. Religious symbol sounds offensive [4]
73. First man the water storage! [4]
75. Egyptian god is a gunner? [2]
76. A shed adapted to house bodies [5]
77. Bathe naked to find goddess [6]
79. Degree indicates a point to find promoter of Egyptian law and order [4]
81. Debit to cutter to get sprinkler [7]
84. Slim rearrangement is a clue [4]
86. Metal contained in three dimensional spiral [2]
87. n/n = ? [3]
90. Ash man is a magician [6]
91. Fairy Rex [6]
92. She won a Titanic battle [4]
94. Popeye’s lady, Miss Oyl [5]
98. Get a note in some mornings [4]
100. The wonderful Opericon or Steam Car of the Muses [8]
102. Daughter of Zeus absorbs halogen to create protein power [6]
104. “I will not eat an …. I want my food dead. Not sick, not wounded, dead.” 
 Woody Allen [6]
105. Right of way for Lois and Penny [4]
106. Her Majesty contains Her Majesty on Channel Island [4]
107. Aver sulphur abrasion [5]
108. Dyslexic canine is supreme [3]
109. Have one in baby carriage for a King [5]

DOWN:
1. Had ram fixed. That is the nature of things [6]
2. Model a drama pig [8]
3. Noise in welding process is news [6]
4. Got to the drink in a canter [6]
5. Arise if small magical people [7]
6. God in the beginning [5]
7. Mad Ena is a Greek party girl [6]
11. Last supper catering count [8]
13. Gunner element names queen [4]
15. Fibre affair [6]
17. Pilgrim’s Progress [4]
18. Regret Engineers have actinoid [3]
20. Old Greek woman speaks in riddles [5]
23. The last Olympian brought the drinks [7]
25. Musical prodigies famous for a vain attempt to dissuade Odysseus from a life on the ocean wave – Ambrose Bierce [6]
26. Take 50 old coins. That’s the spirit [4]
28. On volcanic flow adaption for airfield [6]
29. We hear melting of stormy god [4]
30. Norse troublemaker mixes fuel and potassium [4]
31. Palindromic woman [3]
33. Or else change fish [4]
35. Hey you! [4]
36. She set her cosy lap to detain Odysseus [7]
38. Cheese set to support coffin [4]
40. Wanton extravagance has the following [4]
42. Spoils planet [4]
44. Let there be light. And by day 8 there were 9 of them [8]
46. Georgie Porgie’s girl contacts [7]
49. Heavy element direction for application [3]
50. Peaceful passengers [3]
52. Kipling conditional [2]
53. To ensure fresh water purity, use sterilizing tablets or leave it to these Greek females [6]
54. Pleiades number [5]
55. Your Grace [4]
56. Yon Indian has Shakti symbol [4]
57. US insult is an indication of distress [3]
58. Why drains contain multi-headed monster [5]
60. Take a position with identification on to rule the sea [8]
63. Gunners insane an annual event [8]
65. Act twice. It is extinct [4]
66. Remove front of footwear in the garden [3]
67. Criticise Greek god [3]
69. Glib era provides angelic trumpeter [7]
71. Reduce water defence to find extinct bird [3]
74. Of French weight put to the Queen to provide fleet defence [9]
76. Mr Jackman, that is, rainmaker [6]
78. Berti forms a group [5]
80. How many crosswords have been compiled by left handed, red headed, Collingwood supporters? [6]
82. Nigel keen to have deer [3]
83. Ammunition container unserviceable. Find priest [5]
84. Greek pigeon? [5]
85. Sign of things to come, taken aback to find submariner [4]
88. First to dock at Ararat [4]
89. Larger than an em or an en [3]
93. Bone does Trojan service [5]
95. Cut the bill to make us unwell [3]
96. Times twist of proboscis [4]
97. Greek lady had the last word [4]
99. Bishop’s seat to King, visionary [4]
101. Shape wood to get church furniture [3]
103. We hear metal has directed [3]

SOLUTION

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