October 2017 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

THEME: Cults & Sects

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STANDARD CLUES

ACROSS:
1. Worship [5]
4. & 5 across & 9 across: Collective term for followers of Jim Jones (see also 13 down) [3, 7, 6]
5. See 4 across
9. See 4 across
13. & 14 across: Group best known for door-to-door preaching, distributing literature and refusing military service and blood transfusions [7, 9]
14. See 13 across
16. Forebear [8]
17. Sepulchre [4]
19. One of the human body systems for circulation of fluids [9]
20. High pitched bark [3]
21. Follower of a UFO religion founded in 1974 by Claude Vorilhon, which teaches that life on Earth was scientifically created by a species of extra-terrestrials [7]
23. Widths of pieces of type which are about as wide as they are tall [3]
24. Look lecherously [4]
25. One of “a community of mystics who study and practice the metaphysical laws governing the universe”, founded in 1915 by H. Spencer Lewis [11]
27. Perform [3]
28. The notion that the Christian God exists co-substantially as three persons [7]
29. Small administrative district having its own church and a priest [6]
30. Fore-limb [3]
32. Neo-pagan movement introduced in Britain in 1954 by Gerald Gardner [5]
35. Achieve victory [3]
37. A daughter of Tsar Nicholas II. The long-standing claim of Anna Anderson to be her has been debunked [9]
39. & 40 across: One who believes that the people of Great Britain are the direct descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of ancient Israel [7, 9]
40. See 39 across
45. Sheets of information in the form of a tables, graphs, diagrams or maps [6]
47. (Garment) impervious to wet weather [9]
48. Colloquial name for an adherent of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints [6]
52. Informed of/about, apprised of, cognizant of [5]
53. Woodwind instrument [4]
54. Large ocean-going passenger vessel [5]
55. Unconventionally humorous and idiosyncratic; madcap [4]
56. Remnant of a wound [4]
58. Lower [6]
61. Popular name for followers of 101 across [7]
62. Having taken one’s place within a vehicle [6]
63. Take notice [4]
66. Urgent; happening immediately [7]
68. The affirmative [3]
69. Lowest point [5]
72. Member of a chivalric order [6]
73. & 74 across: Recently deceased (2011) Indian guru with an international following; his “miracles” have been frequently debunked [3, 4]
74. See 73 across
75. Eggs [3]
81. & 82 across & 84 across: Japanese sect responsible for two Sarin gas attacks on the population in 1995 [3, 7, 5]
82. See 81 across
84. See 81 across
86. Kipling poem [2]
87. Oral tradition [4]
89. Border [4]
91. & 92 across: Chinese spiritual practice with an international following which has reportedly been the subject of extensive human rights abuses within China [5, 4]
92. See 91 across
94. & 95 across: Marshall Applewhite’s millenarian group, famous for the suicide of 39 members in order to reach an alien space craft following Comet Hale–Bopp [7, 4]
95. See 94 across
96. Gemstones of hydrated silica [5]
97. Lessened [10]
99. Anger [3]
100. Surgical alternative to vaginal birth [9]
101. & 102 across & 103 across: Korean-born founder of the Unification Church, noted for mass marriage ceremonies; Died in 2013 leaving US$3 billion despite a gaol term for tax evasion [3, 5, 4]
102. See 101 across
103. See 101 across
DOWN:
2. Delegation of power and responsibility to a lower level of authority [10]
3. Herb for remembrance [8]
4. Grouping of people into communities with narrowly defined beliefs and culture [9]
6. A short written treatment of a particular subject [5]
7. Delay until a later date [8]
8. A Dutch city and the regional cheese thereof [4]
9. A continuous (straight) line which touches a curve but does not cross it [7]
10. An devotee of the Giant Spaghetti Monster, (aka His Noodly Appendage), whose cult extends all the way back to 2005. Not to be confused with 31 down. [11]
11. Greek god of sexual attraction, whose Roman equivalent is Cupid [4]
12. & 38 down: Member of the church founded by Mary Baker Eddy in 1879 [9, 9]
13. Site in Guyana of 913 deaths of followers of Jim Jones (see also 4 across) [9]
15. & 44 down: Fundamentalist Protestant sect most numerous in Australia, New Zealand, UK, and North America; noted for ostracism of family members and others who leave the congregation [9, 8]
18. One who subscribes to the idea that one can live without food and drink, and subsist only off of “pranic light”, which is accurate, channelled information from a huge invisible spaceship hovering over North America. Best-known practitioner is the Australian Jasmuheen [12]
22. & 46 down & 71 down: a.k.a. Chandra Mohan Jain or Osho, an Indian guru and mystic (d. 1990); with a large American following and a predilection for Rolls Royces [7, 5, 8]
26. Plural form of an imperial unit of length [6]
31. Believer in a monotheistic cult which reveres the Emperor Haile Selassie either as an incarnation of God or his prophet [11]
33. L Ron Hubbard’s quasi-religious construct [11]
34. & 51 down: Colloquial name for The International Society for Krishna Consciousness [4, 6]
36. & 57 down: Any of the belief systems originating in Melanesia which links ritual practices with the reward of material goods [5, 4]
38. See 12 down
41. & 79 down & 93 down: Original name of The Family International, founded by David Berg [8,2,3]
42. & 70 down: 76 of these perished in a siege at Waco, Texas [6, 9]
43. Style, fad [5]
44. See 15 down
46. See 22 down
48. Name of leader of an eponymous Californian commune collectively responsible for a series of violent murders in the late 1960s [6]
49. Mineral source of a metal [3]
50. Paradigm, standard, average [4]
51. See 34 down
57. See 36 down
59. Competes [4]
60. & 90 down: Translates as “organisation for the propagation of the path of bliss”; founded in India in 1955 by Prabhat Ranjan Sarkar. Described as a practical philosophy for personal development, social service and the all-around transformation of the society, it came to attention in Australia in 1978 when followers were accused of bombing Sydney’s Hilton hotel [6, 5]
64. Blot, swab [3]
65. Triangular staysail forward of the mast [3]
66. Unrealistically seeking perfection [10]
67. & 88 down: Sect largely based around children “adopted” by Anne Hamilton Byrne [3, 5]
70. See 42 down
71. See 22 down
75. Eggs beaten then fried [8]
76. Originally one of a militant fanatic cult of Persia renowned for embarking on murder missions under the influence of hashish [8]
77. Sequins adding glitter to clothing [8]
78. A follower of Freud or his methods [8]
79. See 41 down
80. Collection of historical documents [7]
83. Instinctive feeling not derived from reason or knowledge [7]
85. Periods of elevated mood [5]
86. Charged atom [3]
88. See 67 down
90. See 60 down
93. See 41 down
98. Personal sense of self-esteem [3]

CRYPTIC CLUES

ACROSS:
1. Love to bother Engineers [5]
4. & 5 across & 9 across: Templet peepholes reveal mass murder (see also 13 down) [3, 7, 6]
5. See 4 across
9. See 4 across
13. & 14 across: Jives whose assent establishes religion [7, 9]
14. See 13 across
16. Forebear from an escort changed [8]
17. Use atom bomb to locate burial marker [4]
19. Fix itchy palm to set up drainage system [9]
20. Noise from faulty appliance [3]
21. Air lane to ET life source [7]
23. Have the measure of Emergency Medical Service [3]
24. Dog left to have a look [4]
25. Coins curari to find mystic member [11]
27. Activity leader performance [3]
28. College essay one fool submitted [7]
29. District capital’s hospital [6]
30. Inoculation location [3]
32. Without intending, can carry all origins of belief [5]
35. Pole going to the West Indies to find success [3]
37. Satan destroyed a whole continent for her [9]
39. & 40 across: Decatribal group – birth is moving harsh realities for citizen of ancient kingdom [7, 9]
40. See 39 across
45. Illustrations made with starch [6]
47. Managed to get one some evidence that’s watertight [9]
48. Satellite carrying marine prophet of Utah [6]
52. Conscious that a conflict has some point [5]
53. Be about love nothing ahead is instrumental [4]
54. Vessel sunk in Channel in error [5]
55. Axes keep paint evenly off the wall [4]
56. Mark some golfers’ cards [4]
58. Lower gas number [6]
61. Nothing included in funds to follow Sun [7]
62. A group of directors ready for the voyage [6]
63. The editor has to listen [4]
66. In the current month, worker gets immediate answer [7]
68. You enjoy solving primarily? Definitely [3]
69. Move drain to lowest point [5]
72. Champion used to play chess [6]
73. & 74 across: Reform aba bias for guru [3, 4]
74. See 73 across
75. Removal includes eggs [3]
81. & 82 across & 84 across: Aperture must hum to disclose Sarin pusher [3, 7, 5]
82. See 81 across
84. See 81 across
86. On condition of going to centre of rift [2]
87. Traditions play new role [4]
89. Some old-fashioned general has the advantage [4]
91. & 92 across: Gun on flag used to designate Chinese movement [5, 4]
92. See 91 across
94. & 95 across: Gave ethanes to find ET space craft [7, 4]
95. See 94 across
96. Though precious to some, they’re nothing to friends [5]
97. Weakened, I’d better go back having skirt to cast off [10]
99. Fireman internalises wrath [3]
100. Cane areas off for a delivery [9]
101. & 102 across & 103 across: Go unsunny mom for Korean unification [3, 5, 4]
102. See 101 across
103. See 101 across
DOWN:
2. 500 headed off rebellion with transfer of authority [10]
3. Pink wine Mary made into a herb [8]
4. Blairist many construed as concerned with race [9]
6. Literary work? Yes, as it turns out [5]
7. Pope’s not prepared to defer [8]
8. Key barrier against inundation in the Netherlands [4]
9. Different line gets wild nag into shelter [7]
10. Fix fantasia rap for fan of Giant Spaghetti Monster [11]
11. Cupid’s painful back [4]
12. & 38 down: Change incites antichrists to become member of Mary’s lot [9, 9]
13. No jest now for Guyanan killing field (see also 4 across) [9]
15. & 44 down: A balanced organisation; they ostracise those who escape but outsiders with half a brain would not want anything to do with them [9, 8]
18. If he stands too long in the pranic light would he get overweight? [12]
22. & 46 down & 71 down: Indian guru who followed P T Barnum’s maxim: “Every crowd has a silver lining” [7, 5, 8]
26. They’re not far from Winchester [6]
31. Sinatra afar, arr. Bob Marley? [11]
33. Ron Hubbard’s cupboard was found to be bare [11]
34. & 51 down: Harsher kina create sect [4, 6]
36. & 57 down: Clag court forms basis for goods from the sky [5, 4]
38. See 12 down
41. & 79 down & 93 down: Adjust gravid bed for founder of these siblings [8,2,3]
42. & 70 down: Bind avid anarchs to find Waco group [6, 9]
43. Make cracks on passing fashion [5]
44. See 15 down
46. See 22 down
48. Oman songbook features murderous commune [6]
49. Mineral found in Ecuador easily [3]
50. He’s mean [4]
51. See 34 down
57. See 36 down
59. Is in competition for six points [4]
60. & 90 down: Fix an agar madam for tantric outfit [6, 5]
64. Pat has a bad turn [3]
65. A canvas sheet could make you hesitate! [3]
66. Utopian cities laid out [10]
67. & 88 down: Filmy heat adapted for Anne’s children [3, 5]
70. See 42 down
71. See 22 down
75. Some let teacup hold an egg dish [8]
76. A pair of donkeys not out for murderer [8]
77. Glittering results for gun’s bearings [8]
78. Psychoanalytical interpretation of nude fair [8]
79. See 41 down
80. Records show curved line to scene of great industry [7]
83. Tie moon in with feelings [7]
85. Starting off, leg tops intoxication [5]
86. The charge of the auctioneer [3]
88. See 67 down
90. See 60 down
93. See 41 down
98. I myself am hidden in the gorse [3]

SOLUTION

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