November 2013 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Conspiracy Theories

By Ken Greatorex, Roy Arnott & Mal Vickers

39  Nov 2013 crossword grid

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“STRAIGHT” CLUES

ACROSS:
1. & 3 Across: Term for a government which attempts to exercise total control over its citizens: (literary allusion) (Two words, [3], [7])
3. See 1 Across
7. & 11 Across: 1978 film whose premise suggested that NASA might be prepared to stage hoaxes of manned missions. (Two words, [9], [3])
11. See 7 Across
13. Greek prefix meaning “against” or “in opposition”, a common stance of Conspiracy Theorists. [4]
14. & 50 Down: Bulwer-Lytton’s Universal Life Force, claimed by Conspiracy Theorists as the inspiration for Nazism. (Two Words, [4], [6])
15. & 58 Down: Once considered a Conspiracy Theory, this claim that manufacturers (particularly of cars) were deliberately making products designed to fail with use was given validity by Nader et al. (Two Words, [7], [12])
18. The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Experiment. Allegedly in 1943, the U.S. Navy ship USS Eldridge was rendered invisible to enemy devices. [12]
20. Banish [5]
21. Many Conspiracy Theories hold that large corporations (e.g. oil companies) habitually _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ research and development in certain areas (e.g. more efficient carburettor, solar power) [8]
22. Historical period [3]
24. Acquire through merit [4]
26. Demolition charges claimed to be in evidence by 9/11 “truthers”. [6]
28. & 29 Across: Ufologist who is the original civilian investigator of the so-called Roswell incident. (Two Words, [7], [8])
29. See 28 Across
30. Latin American percussion instrument [7]
32. Internet acronym for Digital Audio Workstation [3]
33. Awry, adrift, wandering [6]
36. Persian royal title [4]
37. Royal autocrat [7]
39. Aspect, vista [4]
41. Focal point of activity (US SPELLING) [9]
42. Savoury jelly [5]
43. (Hindi) Peace, tranquility [6]
44. Purpose [3]
46. Form of address (male) [3]
47. Coconut husk fibre as used in ropes and matting [4]
50. & 51 Across & 53 Across: The alleged authors of the notorious Protocols (Three words, [6], [2], [4])
51. See 50 Across
53. See 50 Across
54. Cling fondly [3]
55. Element 33, (implicated in the deaths of Francesco De Medici, Napoleon Bonaparte and King George III) [2]
56. Germanic festival absorbed by Christmas [4]
57. Burial wrapping [6]
59. Big [5]
60. & 88 Across: Grisham novel and Tom Cruise film (Two words, [3], [4])
63. Language without meter or rhyme [5]
64. Cuts off forcibly [6]
67. Belonging to the speaker and his / her associates [3]
68. The religion of the Muslims [5]
71. A major currency [3]
72. & 74 Across: Attempts to dispute or minimise the extent of NAZI genocide (Two words, [9], [6])
74. See 72 Across
77. & 79 Across: A particular survey often quoted to indicate significant popular support for 9/11 conspiracy theories (Two words, [5], [4])
79. See 77 Across
80. Confection based on caramelised sugar [5]
82. Shutter [6]
85. & 86 Across: Covert operation meant to appear as though carried out by entities other than the real perpetrators. (A common conspiracy theorist claim for 9/11, for example) (Two words, [5], [4])
86. See 85 Across
88. See 60 Across
89. (British slang) Most foolish [8]
91. Greek prefix: “equal” [3]
94. Concession of no great value [3]
96. Widespread secret fraternal order, often the subject of conspiracy theories [10]
97. Turkish sultanate [7]
98. US Government body often cited in conspiracy theories [3]
99. Afterword [8]
100. The conspiracy theory which claims that aircraft contrails contain added chemical or biological agents [10]
101. Colonial insect [3]
103. See 104 Across
104. & 103 Across: Director of a 1991 film alleging institutional cover-up of the facts of the assassination of President Kennedy (Two words, [6], [5])
105. Now second outermost since the demise of Pluto as a serious player [6]
106. & 50 Down: ” _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ Suppression” – a conspiracy theory claiming that viable, pollution-free, no-cost energy sources are being suppressed by governments, corporations, et al (Two words, [4], [6])

DOWN:
1. & 34 Down: Undefined region in NW Atlantic where aircraft and ships are said to have mysteriously disappeared (Two words, [7], [8])
2. Curdle, coagulate, congeal [3]
3. Wash by immersion [5]
4. Australia’s national gemstone(s) & Women’s Basketball Team [5]
5. Adversity, tribulation [8]
6. Concentrated, revived, reorganised [7]
7. A persistent American Conspiracy Theory revolves around Barack Obama’s _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ [11]
8. Spot on a die or playing card [3]
9. Sailcloth [6]
10. Unattired [4]
12. Countess’s husband [4]
16. Claim on a debtor’s property to secure payment of the debt [4]
17. & 32 Down: Real Catholic organisation implicated in conspiracy by Dan Brown et al (Two words, [4], [3])
18. Another Dan Brown goodie: The _ _ _ _ _ _ of Sion [6]
19. Defined belief [3]
23. & 57 Down: 42 story structure, part of the World Trade Centre complex which also collapsed shortly after the Twin Towers; the subject of widespread conspiracy theory. (Two words, [8], [5])
25. Jewish family said to control the World Banking system [11]
27. & 40 Down & 65 Down: Claimed prospective international system of government being brought about covertly by powerful forces. The phrase was used by George W Bush in public speeches, thus lending the theory more credence (Three words, [3], [5], [5])
28. & 48 Down & 84 Down: “_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _” – Aliens said to come from the Draco Planetary System who adopt the appearance of influential humans. One theory holds that Princess Diana was killed because she suspected their presence within the British Royal family. (I’m not making this up). (Three words, [5], [8], [7])
29. There is a belief that _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ of public water supplies constitutes a government plot against its citizens [12]
31. Giant American chemical corporation often cited in conspiracy theories. [8]
32. See 17 Down
34. See 1 Down
35. & 62 Down: “The _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ ” – Firing position frequently claimed for an alternate gunman at the assassination of President Kennedy (Two words, [6], [5])
37. Repast [4]
38. & 66 Down: Australian Prime Minister claimed to have been picked up by a Russian submarine. (Two words, [6], [4])
39. Clergyman [5]
40. See 27 Down
45. Material made of a network of wire or thread [4]
48. See 28 Down
49. & 70 Down: Mrs Jesus? (Two words [4], [9])
50. See 14 Across OR see 106 Across
52. Element 26 [2]
57. See 23 Down
58. See 15 Across
61. & 81 Down: aka Nevada Test and Training Range aka Groom Lake (Two words, [4], [8])
62. See 35 Down
65. See 27 Down
66. See 38 Down
69. Idle, loaf [4]
70. See 49 Down
73. 9/11 Conspiracy Theorists claim evidence of deliberate demolition suggested by residue of this incendiary process [8]
74. & 89 Down: Top-selling author whose genré is novels based on conspiracy theories (Two words, [3], [5])
75. Secret society alleged to conspire to control world affairs by masterminding events and planting agents in government and corporations [10]
76. Unit of bread [4]
78. Californian National Park famed for its glacial valleys [8]
81. See 61 Down
83. The Self [3]
84. See 28 Down
87. Evaluate, estimate [6]
89. See 74 Down
90. Blackbeard’s real surname [5]
92. Remnant of wood, fabric or paper after the desired pieces have been excised. [6]
93. Break free from confinement or control [6]
95. Any one of a wide category of chemicals often cited in conspiracy theories involving illness and untimely death [6]
97. Further from the center [5]
101. A number One in the deck [3]
102. Summit [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES:

ACROSS:
1. & 3 Across: Be bright or change for large sibling (Two words, [3], [7])
3. See 1 Across
7. & 11 Across: Single goat is a hoax (Two words, [9], [3])
11. See 7 Across
13. Pleasant interlude includes intimation of opposition [4]
14. & 50 Down: Gin revelry a source of perpetual motion (Two Words, [4], [6])
15. & 58 Down: Obscene Copeland lens changed and worn out before its time (Two Words, [7], [12])
18. Prince consort to the oracle at first- what a state [12]
20. Sussex pelican has the word to throw out [5]
21. Dine with media to put down [8]
22. Queen first alphabetically for an age [3]
24. Acquire knowledge, be short of 50 and still make money. [4]
26. Which French note in ship chickens out [6]
28. & 29 Across: And faint monster morphs into ufologist (Two Words, [7], [8])
29. See 28 Across
30. Baking pan for the timpanist [7]
32. Bird sounds entrance [3]
33. Butt receiver loses hardness indicator and gets lost [6]
36. Push Ahmed Saad to produce Persian Ruler [4]
37. Single curved superstructure for the King [7]
39. Six opposing directions? It is an opinion [4]
41. Come in with an heroic story to get above the geological disturbance [9]
42. Snake in charge is set [5]
43. Sounds like a town of these would be peaceful [6]
44. Remove chlorine from entitlement request to make objective [3]
46. Male honorific derived by Territorial Army’s removal from inter-level access device [3]
47. Matting material obtained after vocal group releases hydrogen [4]
50. & 51 Across & 53 Across: Change den floor size. It is said to be a Jewish conspiracy (Three words, [6], [2], [4])
51. See 50 Across
53. See 50 Across
54. Embrace for utility helicopter impacted by gravity [3]
55. Backward state [2]
56. Yttrium and Uranium with the French for a Germanic festival [4]
57. Do rush to change for body wrap [6]
59. L = [5]
60. & 88 Across: Buck House (Two words, [3], [4])
63. Professional takes direction for English usage. [5]
64. Always in middle of ship – cuts [6]
67. Acid tasting without sulphur is possessive case [3]
68. Postal services adjusted for religion [5]
71. Longing for currency [3]
72. & 74 Across: Rejecter of truth could be a distorted halo delusion act (Two words, [9], [6])
74. See 72 Across
77. & 79 Across: Change Albanian King by parrot. What do people think? (Two words, [5], [4])
79. See 77 Across
80. Very loud key in pedal extremity is sticky sweet [6]
82. Shutter is nearer [6]
85. & 86 Across: As fag fell it became fraudulent vexillology (Two words, [5], [4])
86. See 85 Across
88. See 60 Across
89. Craziest, but sounds most pleasant [8]
91. Man leaves French house for alkyne notation [3]
94. It is the way we do things here [3]
96. Safe sermon adapted for lodge members [10]
97. This seat is stuffed [7]
98. Spook at back of wattle [3]
99. Gee up oil to get closure to story [8]
100. Affected camel shirt to leave ice in wake [10]
101. A musical piece has methine group removed but leaves source of formic acid. [3]
103. See 104 Across
104. & 103 Across: Mrs Twist’s lad 14 pound director (Two words, [6], [5])
105. State to rotate to form planet [6]
106. & 50 Down: Output from perpetual motion device (Two words, [4], [6])

DOWN:
1. & 34 Down: Things are said to disappear in tropical shorts with ménage- a-trois (Two words, [7], [8])
2. Limb turned back is set [3]
3. Graduate has the definite article to wash [5]
4. Antique shop also has gems [5]
5. Hash drip changed but still not easy to take [8]
6. King has people on his side, stock market recovered [7]
7. Ethnic is zip for membership of country [11]
8. Pallindromic seed [3]
9. Hawk without final direction to get coarse fabric [6]
10. Sand hill shifts and is bare [4]
12. Clear lineage contains nobility [4]
16. Out of line for claim on property [4]
17. & 32 Down: A religious organisation got Oedipus mixed up (Two words, [4], [3])
18. Snoop around Rechabite institution to find it is a monastery [6]
19. Dyslexic card in phone is belief set [3]
23. & 57 Down: Edifice VII 9/11 (Two words, [8], [5])
25. Decay, high speed, infant and direction all come together in wealthy family [11]
27. & 40 Down & 65 Down: Drown lower red new order, new order (Three words, [3], [5], [5])
28. & 48 Down & 84 Down: Metamorphic lacertilia (Three words, [5], [8], [7])
29. Modify Afro dilution for dental application [12]
31. Place from where retreated with insect and oxygen to create chemical giant. [8]
32. See 17 Down
34. See 1 Down
35. & 62 Down: Adjust sly grog rank to get to vegetated hillock (Two words, [6], [5])
37. Lame twisted for a feed [4]
38. & 66 Down: Ironic pool (Two words, [6], [4])
39. Six vehicles for the clergyman [5]
40. See 27 Down
45. Middle East quiet. It is a screen [4]
48. See 28 Down
49. & 70 Down: My adrenal game modified for woman in Biblical write up (Two words [4], [9])
50. See 14 Across OR see 106 Across
52. Calcium and this make eating house [2]
57. See 23 Down
58. See 15 Across
61. & 81 Down: L X W = LI (Two words, [4], [8])
62. See 35 Down
65. See 27 Down
66. See 38 Down
69. Cola Zero contains direction for idleness [4]
70. See 49 Down
73. White ant absorbs hydrogen and becomes explosive [8]
74. & 89 Down: Writer modifies own brand (Two words, [3], [5])
75. Unit aim ill but produces bright sparks [10]
76. Foal makes bread? [4]
78. Eye Tom is national park [8]
81. See 61 Down
83. Noble god has elements of self centre [3]
84. See 28 Down
87. Evaluate female donkey? [6]
89. See 74 Down
90. Black Beard could impart instruction [5]
92. Cricket stroke from piece not used in job [6]
93. Take directions with protective clothing to get away [6]
95. Extract sulphur from French fish to make it toxic. [6]
97. Power tool without start. It is the cheaper part of ground [5]
101. Current direction is one of a kind [3]
102. Take cooking vessel back to define upper surface [3]

SOLUTION

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