November 2015 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

Theme: Astrology

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

63 grid

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STANDARD CLUES 

(Scroll down for CRYPTIC CLUES)

ACROSS:

1. Apparent motion of a planet that appears to be traveling backwards from Earth’s perspective [10]
5. From, to, or at a great distance [4]
8. Of birth [5]
10. A band in the heavens divided into twelve signs, each containing 30 degrees of longitude and acting as a barometer for various human traits [6]
14. Type-metal space that is one en or more in width [4]
16. A chart of the heavens cast for a particular moment in time, as seen from a particular place on the Earth’s surface [9]
18. The midway point between two zodiac signs [4]
19. Soothes, mollifies [8]
20. The only inanimate sign in the Zodiac [5]
23. Cancer, Scorpio & Pisces are collectively the _ _ _ _ _ signs [5]
25. Was sufficiently courageous [5]
26. Heavenly body whose name means “wanderer” [6]
28. Gear wheel tooth [3]
30. Foretell [7]
31. Very silly [5]
32. Ascend [5]
34. The Lion [3]
35. Remove abruptly (as from employment or from a budget) [3]
37. Astrologer’s stylized map of the universe with the client at the centre. Calculated for the exact time and place of the client’s birth to predict character traits and future events [5]
38. The Serpent bearer: thirteenth sign of the zodiac? [9]
39. The motion of the axis of a spinning body, such as the wobble of a spinning top or the Earth [10]

DOWN:

2. A planet’s movement through a zodiacal sign or house [7]
3. Tool for cutting or shaping large pieces of wood [4]
4. Finish [3]
6. Centre of interest or activity [5]
7. To discover information about a client by consultation and reference to his / her astrological chart [4]
9. Gemini, libra and aquarius are collectively the _ _ _ signs [3]
11. The current astrological age [8]
12. Ancient astronomer based in Babylon [8]
13. Major apparent grouping of stars [13]
15. Suitable, proper, fitting [3]
17. The Sun’s apparent path through the zodiac [8]
21. Describes two or more planets coming close (within 8° of arc) in their apparent positions [11]
22. The convention that the Earth, rather than the Sun is at the centre of the Solar System [9]
24. A time of equal day and equal night occurring twice a year [7]
27. Enter digits in order to telephone a specific number [4]
29. Description of the moon when more than half of its illuminated surface is visible [7]
30. Way or track established for walking [4]
33. Having an uncomfortable sensation on the skin that causes a desire to scratch [5]
36. Direction [4]
37. Drinking vessel [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES 

ACROSS:

1. Regret road taken – a backward move [10]
5. Shift Australian service to be at a distance [4]
8. Province of birth? [5]
10. Heavenly band of Marine craft [6]
14. That French 500 makes timber profile [4]
16. Choose pro to tell the future [9]
18. America gets into the command post to make a point [4]
19. Smooths by putting current between flat sheets [8]
20. Lithium support gives balance [5]
23. Cow ate reeds containing liquid [5]
25. Lawyer communist took a chance [5]
26. Orbiter by lap ten [6]
28. Insert gas into centre of gravity to set up device to transmit torque [3]
30. State what will happen from official proclamation from Public Relations [7]
31. That is Grandma in the middle being silly [5]
32. Detectives surround Lord Mayor and go up [5]
34. Has pride in numbers [3]
35. Tax exemption has means of repealing it [3]
37. Map at sea [5]
38. Hocus up hi is hocus up high [9]
39. Movement of Norse epics produced shift of axis [10]

DOWN:
2. Move start in move [7]
3. Sounds like cutting tool totals [4]
4. Finish in sudden death [3]
6. Carbon absorbed by crazy French is the centre of attention [5]
7. Urea deposit has ability to acquire information by scanning text [4]
9. Tune provides atmosphere [3]
11. Gunga Din would reflect sign of the times [8]
12. Companion of Honour takes metal to academic astronomer [8]
13. Tensional clot forms cosmic group [13]
15. Armour piercing trace is appropriate [3]
17. It is plane how Earth is going [8]
21. And [11]
22. Cogent Eric forms a view at odds with Galileo [9]
24. Day or night? It makes no difference [7]
27. To call is laid back [4]
29. Bio bugs provide maximum night light [7]
30. Irish chap takes hydrogen to find a way [4]
33. Nasty temperament, loses start and is likely to be scratched [5]
36. Turn chair to find direction [4]
37. Foolish person without Queen gets a prize [3]

SOLUTION

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