November 2014 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Frauds and Scams

by Ken Greatorex and Roy Arnott

51 November 2014 Frauds & scams GRID

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STANDARD CLUES (Scroll down for Cryptic Clues)

ACROSS:

1. Act dishonestly, unfairly or contrary to agreed rules [5]
4. To commit larceny [5]
7. & 9 across: Swindler (Two Words, [3], [6])
9. See 7 across
14. Proceed [2]
15. Symbol for element #28 [2]
16. Coerce others to buy or do something; OR to earn one’s living illicitly [6]
19. & 20 across & 21 across & 22 across: Now-illegal Australian tax avoidance scheme based on asset-stripping of acquired companies. (Four words, [6], [2], [3], [7])
20. See 19 across
21. See 19 across
22. See 19 across
24. Infusion beverages [4]
25. A saying that sets forth a general truth and that has gained credit through long use [5]
26. South American country [4]
28. Curved symmetrical structure in architecture, usually load-bearing [4]
29. Makes a smooth transition [6]
31. & 33 across: (British slang) Man who lives by wheeling and dealing; spiv (Two words, [4], [3])
33. See 31 across
34. & 35 across: Fraud disguised as investment whose initial investors and the perpetrators are paid out of funds raised from later investors, who lose all funds invested (Two Words, [5],[3])
35. See 34 across
37. Aroma [5]
39. Tightly or immovably wedged or packed in [8]
42. Small or unimportant remnant of something originally larger [4]
43. Wrest money by violence, intimidation or abuse of authority [6]
47. Immediate male descendant [3]
48. & 50 across: Illegally using confidential information to buy or sell shares (two words, [7], [7])
50. See 48 across
52. Central or South American parrot [5]
54. Money paid for the release of a captive [6]
57. Generous, benevolent, warm-hearted [4]
58. Metallic element [4]
59. Condescend to give (something) [5]
60. & 62 across: aka Advance-fee Fraud; confidence trick in which the target is persuaded to advance sums of money in the hope of realizing a significant benefit. Largely conducted via email (Two words, [8], [6])
62. See 60 across
64. Defrauded by taking small amounts of money over a period of time [6]
65. Psychic ability (abb) [3]
67. & 68 across: (slang) Deceitful humbug AND a Randi title (Two words, [4], [4])
68. See 67 across
69. Planning or meaning to do a specified thing [9]
71. Banish, expatriate [5]
72. Asian currency [3]
73. Rope, thread or wire wound in a continuous sequence of concentric rings [4]
77. Posse [4]
79. Alone of its kind [4]
80. Casually steal object(s) usually of low value [5]
81. Single currency of seventeen member states of the European Union
85. Skill in using words promptly and inventively to create humour [3]
86. Internet country code for Russia [2]
87. Plated metallic decorative finish [6]
90. & 92 across: Process of concealing illicit profits (two words, [5], [10])
92. See 90 across
94. Corruption for gain in financial or political processes [5]
97. State of great fear or panic [4]
98. Carefully planned and executed complicated confidence game [5]
100. Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are collectively the _ _ _ signs [3]
101. Manages funds entrusted to one’s care dishonestly [15]
107. Alas [3]
108. Sicken [3]
110. aka “Ladies’ Fingers” [4]
111. Right to keep another’s property until their debt to you is paid [4]
112. Young woman making a first appearance in fashionable society [3]
114. Unethical or immoral money-lending [5]
115. Once-common, now banned insecticide [3]
117. Acquire, gather [6]
121. Await conclusion or confirmation [4]
123. Interval of time between successive events [5]
124. Requesting confidential information under false pretences via email [8]
125. Castrated adult male cattle [4]
126. Porcine palace [3]
127. Scandinavian capital [4]
131. & 132 across: Money given in return for help in a secret and dishonest business deal (two words, [4], [4])
132. See 131 across
133. Fraudster’s accomplice or stooge [5]
136. Irritate; annoy [3]
137. Fibre from agave or yucca used for cordage, nets, and carpets [5]
138. Passage between rows of seats [5]
139. South Asian honorific title meaning “revered person” or “great soul” [7]
140. Having been the victim of a deception [5]
141. Together with your account number, the likely object of a phishing scam [8]

DOWN:

1. Prolonged deep unconsciousness [4]
2. Very eager and/or curious [4]
3. Symbolic of tribal affiliations [7]
4. Popular website for validating and debunking stories in popular culture [6]
5. (slang) Period spent in jail [4]
6. Stir, engender [6]
8. Supervise [7]
9. Human or animal form of a Hindu god on earth [6]
10. Greek prefix meaning “equal” [3]
11. & 41 down & 64 down: Confidence game also known as Find the Lady (three words, [5], [4], [5])
12. Any one of a family of organic compounds which includes cholesterol, testosterone, cortisone and muscle growth hormones [7]
13. Woven, knit, or knotted material of open texture with evenly spaced holes [4]
17. Pierce, thrust [4]
18. Frilly [4]
19. Famous American showman and hoaxer [6]
23. Genuflect [3]
27. Defined period in history [3]
30. Unborn or unhatched offspring in the early stages of development [6]
32. Small mischievous devil or sprite [3]
34. & 66 down: Unsustainable business model that promises participants rewards for enrolling other people into the scheme, rather than selling directly to the public (two words, [7], [7])
36. One who steers a racing shell and directs the rowers [3]
38. Use of trickery or deceit to achieve a political, financial or legal purpose [9]
40. Prospective victim of a swindle [4]
41. See 11 down
43. “The Smartest Guys In the Room” [5]
44. Element # 50 [3]
45. & 83 down: The crime of impersonating someone else without their knowledge for financial profit (two words, [6], [5])
46. & 70 down: Poppycock, bunkum (two words, [5], [3])
47. Cheat a person or business, etc out of money or other assets [7]
49. Reselling shares or tickets at a large or quick profit [8]
50. Compound with formula C7H5N3O6 used as an explosive [3]
51. Hard-fought contest between two opponents [4]
53. Metallic disc used as currency [4]
55. Spanish liqueur with flavour similar to fennel or licorice [4]
56. & 77 down: Fraud carried out by shifting conspicuous things to hide something else (two words, [5], [4])
61. Protected, resistant, unsusceptible [6]
63. Boredom [5]
64. See 11 down
66. See 34 down
67. Lint, for example [5]
70. See 46 down
73. Coconut husk fibre as used in ropes and matting [4]
74. On top of; to a position on; upon [4]
75. U-shaped stringed instrument [4]
76. Defraud; swindle [4]
77. See 56 down
78. One who is the victim of a deception [4]
82. Life output of an artist, writer or composer [6]
83. See 45 down
84. & 113 down: High-yielding high-risk securities (two words, [4], [5])
85. & 118 down: Collective term for crimes such as fraud, bribery, embezzling and forgery as opposed to burglary, kidnapping, vandalism etc. (two words, [5], [6])
86. Remove detergent, dirt, or impurities by washing with clean water [5]
88. The Three Wise Men [4]
89. Equable [4]
91. Micronesian island [3]
93. Regretted [4]
95. Service fraudulently offered to solve a problem [6]
96. Criminal deception intended to achieve financial or personal gain [5]
98. Settee [4]
99. Mother-of-pearl [5]
102. Ruthless moneylender; loan shark [7]
103. Flowering plant grown illegally in large quantity [5]
104. Mature, senior [3]
105. Mineshaft [3]
106. Not yet developed [7]
109. Untruth [3]
113. See 83 down
115. Abscond [6]
116. Slumbering [6]
118. See 85 down
119. Roman one hundred and ten [2]
120. Not amenable to discipline or control [6]
121. Sacred poem [5]
122. Minor deity represented as a beautiful maiden [5]
128. Take from the top [4]
129. Currency of Turkey [4]
130. Slide obliquely to the direction of alignment [4]
134. Chop [3]
135. Container’s cover [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:

1. A dishonest view of carbon therms
4. Unlawfully take property of Southern bird
7. & 9 across: Sit on cart for swindler
9. See 7 across
14. Leave dance without sun colouring
15. Not out back for mineral
16. Get sleuth in a rush
19. & 20 across & 21 across & 22 across: Twisted footbath hurt boomer for a tax dodge
20. See 19 across
21. See 19 across
22. See 19 across
24. Refreshments in a State assembly
25. Truism from notice paper
26. Country involved in dope running
28. Structure created when stiffening agent loses way
29. Change, for example, litigate for an uninterrupted transition
31. & 33 across: Was Plato a black marketeer?
33. See 31 across
34. & 35 across: Reform chop, men size – it runs out of money
35. See 34 across
37. Despatched, but sounds on the nose
39. Sprite performed and made an impression
42. Derriere set up for quiet drink
43. No longer a civil wrong to heavy someone?
47. Thus, nitrogen, my boy!
48. & 50 across
50. See 48 across: Ingrained dirts make dodgy share deal
52. Scot at old radio station employed as parrot
54. Mr Soan pays the rip off
57. Many relatives are generous
58. Metal for pressing matters
59. We hear Scandinavian agrees to give
60. & 62 across: African tenant provides dodgy communication
62. See 60 across
64. Arrange to die with KLM to be progressively cheated
65. Fake spieler has psychic power
67. & 68 across: Fill AM/FM – it’s humbug
68. See 67 across
69. Popular leaning is meaning
71. Expat involves cricket team
72. Yearning for currency
73. Add carbon to lubricant for copper winding
77. Mob finds gallium at New Guinea
79. Soon Lysistrata will have just one
80. Formula 1 with Landing Craft Heavy. It’s a steal
81. Sounds like directive to paddle is on the money
85. Low itch is source of repartee
86. Backward old city provides Russian address
87. Hydro carbon with European capital gives polish
90. & 92 across: Numismatic cleansing?
92. See 90 across
94. Horticultural union is corrupt
97. Party time on potassium? It can create panic
98. Specific gravity containing metal can give a nip
100. On a G string?
101. Appraises import – fix it to embezzle
107. Is me?
108. Remove hydrogen from solid precipitate to be unwell
110. Gunner Commander displays feminine digits
111. Line changed to give right to hold property
112. Emerging woman of French note
114. Of great interest
115. Large cups take time to kill pests
117. Current a hundred regret – it accumulates
121. Hang soft finish
123. Circuit takes direction to delay
124. High spin twists for speculative email
125. Scope of pox enquiry includes cattle
126. Infected sebaceous gland places pigs
127. Capital has a go slow section
131. & 132 across: KCIK is illegal
132. See 131 across
133. Find a stooge in bush illness
136. Annoy Scottish church without mineral
137. Biblical letter does not have long play but is something of a yarn
138. The passage is “article to be French article”
139. Mother brackets head gear and is revered
140. Take dessert and of French back. We have been tricked
141. Father’s weapon will get you in

DOWN:

1. Take centre from punctuation to create deep sleep
2. Excitement caused by gravity at times past
3. Carry microphone, it is symbolic
4. Arrange individuals after thought to check it out
5. Send back for period
6. Stir up oversize bladder compound to stir up
8. A bishop is?
9. A vessel taking back gunner takes another identity
10. Iso
11. & 41 down & 64 down: Cherchez la Femme, it’s a con
12. In orbit but lost start for drugs
13. Filter from twisted garment edges
17. Holy man sailor to thrust
18. Cagney’s partner sounds frilly
19. Graduate, sailor, with hesitation, is a hoaxer
23. Pub owner has it at the neck
27. Period of silver energy
30. Early development by more changes
32. One Provost is a devil
34. & 66 down: Marketing of Egyptian burial structures
36. Poisonous gas marks the spot for pilot
38. Fashionable with twisted desire is deceitftul
40. Target a gospeller?
41. See 11 down
43. Massive fraud in corporate ill omen rondo
44. Take direction from fork prong to find metal
45. & 83 down: Thy detent if it changes for impersonation
46. & 70 down: Reptile lubricant is bad medicine
47. Pigs have 550 to cheat
49. Clip snag is being ripped off
50. Colouring without one goes with a bang
51. Of the French and the Spanish – they can fight it out
53. Commanding Officer popular for change
55. Flavouring formed by nickel in arsenic
56. & 77 down: Crustacean protection courageous; it has a hidden pea
61. One with decoration has French female article to be protected
63. If I had this, I would not be bothered to give you a clue
64. See 11 down
66. See 34 down
67. Halogen on sail’s leading edge makes light particles
70. See 46 down
73. Matting material obtained after vocal group releases hydrogen
74. Wake up to part of Australia bordered by nothing
75. Sounds untruthful, but there are strings attached
76. Southerly projection on shaft is a rip off
77. See 56 down
78. In bottling ullage, one is easily fooled
82. Make work for the French
83. See 45 down
84. & 113 down: Fastening devices for Chinese vessels are not worth much
85. & 118 down: Law clothier provides garb for office crook
86. Religious instruction takes several directions, but it is a washout
88. Academic with US soldier – wise men?
89. Loud atmosphere is OK
91. Make a noise when salary taken back
93. Felt sad about putting uranium in colour
95. Sounds like a scam at the tennis club
96. Priest dishonestly takes gold to 500
98. So far has way of taking things lying down
99. Lustre from North area
102. Bashful tress – money lender?
103. Somme flower flower
104. Having 50 in over-dimension is ancient
105. Ratio takes time to create vertical lacuna
106. Small measure has nothing against oxyanion but it is yet to be developed
109. To lack veracity sounds caustic
113. See 83 down
115. Go AWOL from tent city

118. See 85 down
119. Steersman lacks nothing to make over 100
120. United Nations link to Russian Federation with truncated caustic soda is out of control
121. Doing something with soft charitable gifts is rather poetic
122. State speed for sprite
128. Ask immediately. It has siphoning off of funds
129. Rail changes to old currency
130. Disturbed children on the slide
134. Grant sounds like he is taking the chop
135. Lithium has 500 cover

SOLUTION

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