October 2015 Skeptical Crossword

Theme: Paranormal Pastimes

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex
62 grid

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STANDARD CLUES 

(Scroll down for CRYPTIC CLUES)

ACROSS:

3. Particular philosophy or ideology [3]
9. Supernatural substance, supposedly a spirit manifestation that exudes from the body of a medium during a trance [9]
11. The art of placing or arranging buildings or other sites auspiciously (a.k.a Feng Shui) [8]
13. Head [4]
15. Study of the occult significance of numbers [10]
17. Relating to a supposed non-physical realm of existence to which various psychic and paranormal phenomena are ascribed [6]
19. Given money for work done or services rendered [4]
20. Treat with cruelty or violence [5]
21. Horizontal step on a ladder [4]
24. Warlike nomad [3]
25. Study of the celestial bodies in the belief that they have an influence on human affairs [9]
27. Study grant [9]
29. Church officer ranking below a priest [6]
30. Location [4]
32. Projecting part on a rotating machine axle designed to make sliding contact to regulate another moving part [3]
33. Devices for connecting pieces of equipment that cannot be connected directly [8]
37. Imitate [4]
38. Relating to postulated attributes that are inexplicable by natural laws, e.g. telepathy, clairvoyance [7]
39. Mystical, supernatural, or magical powers, practices, or phenomena [6]
40. River boundary between Earth and Hades [4]
41. Portent [4]
43. The sun [3]
44. Total [3]
46. Chemical symbol of 18 down [2]
47 & 48 across. What ESP is short for [12, 10]
48. See 47 across
51. String of 108 Hindu or Sikh prayer beads [4]
52. Prophet [4]
54. Edge [5]
56. Den [3]
58. Strange, unusual [7]
61. Clouds of gas and dust in outer space [7]
63. Search for underground water, minerals, etc, using a held rod, pointer or other device which supposedly responds to unseen influences [5]
66. Before [3]
67. Address a petition to a deity [4]
69. Spindle [4]
71. Old English “named” [6]
73. Knowledge of a future event or situation, especially through extrasensory means [12]
74. Portend good or bad outcomes, originally by observing the behaviour of birds [5]
75. Predicting the future using playing cards (Tarot reading is an example) [10]

DOWN:

1. Fruit [5]
2. Animal tooth [4]
3. Small, mischievous devil or sprite [3]
4. Relating to the transcendent or to a reality beyond what is perceptible to the senses [12]
5. Supernatural, unearthly [5]
6. Utter confusion or chaos (Military slang) [5]
7. Enigma [7]
8. Cause a spirit to manifest by means of a magic ritual [7]
10. Divination using cheese [9]
12. Sheridan character, Mrs ______, who frequently and comically uses an incorrect word in place of a similar-sounding one [8]
14. Old Testament character [4]
16. Having or apparently having supernatural powers, usually for the purposes of entertainment [5]
18. Element # 50 [3]
22. Currency [5]
23 & 43 down: A person supposed to be able to foresee the future (from Old English) [5, 5]
26. Building devoted to the worship of a god or gods [6]
27. Garden area set aside for growing specific plants [3]
28. Those proficient in the occult arts [6]
31. A trick-taking card game whose deck is frequently used as a psychic prop [5]
34. Understood by few; mysterious or secret [6]
35. Tribal Medicine Man [6]
36. Divination using tea-leaves [11]
37. & 62 down: Prop used by fortune-tellers and clairvoyants [7, 4]
41. Fertile spot in a desert with natural water [5]
42. Sixteenth Century French apothecary whose prophecies have become famous [11]
43. See 23 down
45. Japanese no-touch palm healing [5]
46. In physics, the kind of quantity which has only magnitude, not direction [6]
49. Supposed communication of thoughts or ideas by means other than the known senses [9]
50. Small gathering’s collective attempt to contact the spirit world using a planchette [5]
53. Essential nature or essence [4]
54. Concave dish [4]
55. Abbreviation which means “note well” [2]
57. Thin, flat piece of cloth, paper, metal, etc. that is hinged or attached on one side only and covers an opening [4]
59. Nought [4]
60. Enzyme which curdles milk [6]
62. See 37 down
64. Castrated cattle (singular) [2]
65. Reddish-brown colour redolent of old photos [5]
68. Hindu religious sculpture in the form of female gentalia [4]
70. Group of people with somewhat different religious beliefs from those of a larger group to which they notionally belong [4]
72. Faucet [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES 

ACROSS:

3. His manner has dogmatic views [3]
9. Camel opts for spooky effect [9]
11. Once gamy now auspiciously placed [8]
13. Get ahead with unaccented meat paste [4]
15. Study of urology men has the numbers [10]
17. Part of fast rally is out of this world [6]
19. Soft assistance gets rewarded [4]
20. Sailor custom is harmful [5]
21. Called to make step [4]
24. Nomad in French unit [3]
25. Got Royals confused about influences [9]
27. Bury African nation in Bury for scholarship [9]
29. One cad becomes a churchman [6]
30. Sounds like to quote for position [4]
32. Scot taken aback projects [3]
33. Data reps make connections [8]
37. Policeman takes yttrium and goes ape [4]
38. Clue not needed for this person [7]
39. Squadron commander leads sect and becomes invisible [6]
40. Phlegyas will ferry you across this [4]
41. Chaps take oxygen to see what is coming [4]
43. Star is alone without oxygen [3]
44. We hear total is not all [3]
46. Metal from extremities of gas giant [2]
47 & 48 across: Adaptation of acetin portress pyroxene produces psychic effect [12, 10]
48. See 47 across
51. Rufous hare-wallaby used to make worry beads [4]
52. Sounds like the predictor is holding back the firing mechanism [4]
54. Where overflow skaters have to go? They would have the edge [5]
56. Place to hide manipulated Turkish currency [3]
58. Raze rib but it turns out a bit strange [7]
61. Sun able to create cosmic structures [7]
63. Endow search to provide process to search [5]
66. We hear Ireland before [3]
67. Soft beam projection has divine intent [4]
69. Shaft in tax levy [4]
71. AKA ? [6]
73. Copier toning provides glimpse of the future [12]
74. Gold takes mat back for matters of portent [5]
75. It is on the cards [10]

DOWN:
1. Fruitful IT operation [5]
2. Tooth from fan gear [4]
3. A politician is spritely [3]
4. Mince meat to pertain to a material organism ends up not so pertaining [12]
5. Dam note is strange [5]
6. Confused fauns are confused [5]
7. My tyres are out of shape. It is a puzzle [7]
8. With the law to raise spirit [7]
10. May not cry to make predictions [9]
12. Beads with support create wrong word choice [8]
14. OT chap found in home sauna [4]
16. Academic and soldier take temperature scale to create stage illusion [5]
18. Find metal when fork prong loses direction [3]
22. Change my one to make change [5]
23 & 43 down: “The ides of March are come” by … [5, 5]
26. Place of worship is in the head [6]
27. Plot to grow plants [3]
28. Set pad to find occultists [6]
31. Sailor with bible? – It’s on the cards [5]
34. The meaning of a hoist being skewed is not understood by many [6]
35. Quiet continent to West of Middle Earth is where to find medicine man [6]
36. Camellia sinensis stem appendage divination [11]
37. & 62 down: Dance for drug dealers? [7, 4]
41. Nothing as is at water point [5]
42. Sumatran sod becomes prophet [11]
43. See 23 down
45. Touching therapy [5]
46. Lacks direction [6]
49. I know what you are thinking [9]
50. French & German give affirmative to contact spirits [5]
53. Reduce without extremes to get core nature [4]
54. Bird takes note to deliver ball [4]
55. Record water point? [2]
57. What military can get into after a 6 down [4]
59. Give nothing for Japanese aircraft [4]
60. Used to set up material for tyromancy [6]
62. See 37 down
64. Reynard misses start and becomes bovine [2]
65. Ratio in water to colour photos [5]
68. The French their with Japanese devil to create Hindu genitalia [4]
70. Classified without Engineers forms off-shoot group [4]
72. Irish chap goes back to find water point [3]

SOLUTION

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