September 2015 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle

Theme: Religious Imagery

by Roy Arnott & Ken Greatorex

61 grid

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STANDARD CLUES 

(Scroll down for CRYPTIC CLUES)

ACROSS:

1. Wrapping for the dead [6]
3. Dome shaped Buddhist shrine [5]
6. Aid, typically in a crime [4]
10. Related to the period in office of a monarch or pope [6]
12. Bishop’s staff [7]
13. The womb as an environment [5]
15. State of matter [5]
16. Muslim prayer leader [4]
18. Do or behave [3]
21. Muslim prayer tower [7]
23. Responsible by law [6]
25. Scold, upraid, berate [3]
27. Large floating chunk of ice [4]
29. Possesses [4]
32. Common abbreviation for a specific bacterial infection e.g. of the throat [5]
34. Devotional painted image of Christ or other holy person [4]
35. Slippery fish [4]
36. List, e.g. of books banned by the Catholic Church [5]
38. Substance that is burned to produce a sweet smell, often as part of a religious ritual [7]
40. Young goat [3]
42. Insect [3]
44. Alternating current (abbr)
46. Cubic building which is Islam’s most sacred site [5]
47. Ancient religious symbol adopted by the Nazi party [8]
49. Terminate [3]
51. With majesty; as performed by a member of a monarchical family [7]
52. Circular representation of the cosmos in oriental religious art [7]
54. Trampled, crushed underfoot [7]
56. Roman numeral for 950 [2]
57. Jewish sacred candelabrum [7]
58. Units of measurement used in typesetting [3]
60. Liqueur, originally made with wormwood [8]
61. Non-Metallic element with useful semi-conducting properties [7]

DOWN:

1. In Christianity, a ceremony regarded as imparting spiritual grace [9]
2. Of the sense of smell [5]
4. Hindu or Buddhist temple in the form of a many-tiered tower [6]
5. Enclosed platform from which sermons are delivered [6]
7. & 24 down & 45 down: Roman Catholic rite of Excommunication: “_ _ _ _ ,
_ _ _ _ & _ _ _ _ _ _” [4, 4, 6]
8. Accordingly, consequently [4]
9. Cross symbol bearing Christ [8]
10. Venerated remains e.g. of a saint [5]
11. Alternative name for Ireland [4]
14. Adult male entire cat [3]
17. & 43 down: Religious and cultural Jewish hexagram [5, 5]
18. Symbol of element 13 [2]
19. Soft mineral [4]
20. Scottish deep valley [4]
22. Letters of old Germanic alphabets [5]
24. See 7 down
26. Parched [4]
28. Occult symbol in the form of a five pointed star [9]
30. Sebaceous cyst [3]
31. Killed [4]
32. Member of a monotheistic religion with 24 million adherents founded in the Punjab c1500 [4]
33. Element 46’s symbol [2]
37. Person or thing which typifies a whole class [7]
38. Writing fluid [3]
39. Rudimentary; undeveloped [9]
41. Appropriated [5]
43. See 17 down
45. See 7 down
47. Amulet resembling a beetle [6]
48. Elevated platform for religious rites [5]
50. Condemns [5]
53. Egyptian Cross of Life [4]
55. Ranking within Judo Black Belt division [3]
59. Symbol for 61 across [2]

CRYPTIC CLUES 

ACROSS:
1. Gear to die for [6]
3. Change as put to build dome [5]
6. Wager sounds criminal [4]
10. Relating to term of office to set up angler [6]
12. See staff? [7]
13. New route to locate embryo [5]
15. Thus top is firm [5]
16. Sunni leader amid Kim amid [4]
18. Disturbed feline marks territory [3]
21. Look at me in art making a tower [7]
23. Element with capability is responsible [6]
25. Gas + silver goes on and on [3]
27. Ice form of halogen of old England [4]
29. Snow drift has possession [4]
32. Infection from short situation report after taking iodine [5]
34. Change money to get holy picture [4]
35. Fish found in stirred up sediment [4]
36. List hidden in blind examination [5]
38. Odour of sanctity? [7]
40. Young one to make a joke [3]
42. Logan tree hides insect [3]
44. Current ligament [2]
46. Sacred site gone around seven times [5]
47. Waits, asks and becomes a symbol [8]
49. Finish of ruined lair [3]
51. To come together around Yiddish expression is majestic [7]
52. Universal symbol from mad land [7]
54. Odd rent odd trampled [7]
56. Local team gutted but made 950 [2]
57. Ran home to set up candles [7]
58. = 1/2 ems [3]
60. Sailor takes trig function article to make drink [8]
61. Element in in coils [7]

DOWN:
1. State to pack tight medical specialty. It is a ritual [9]
2. On the nose [5]
4. A mythical being slips into public address to build temple [6]
5. Blessed soap box [6]
7. & 24 down & 45 down: It is anathema! [4, 4, 6]
8. It was so in a soft hush [4]
9. Occupied cross [9]
10. Remnant engineer licenced [5]
11. Queen in Ireland [4]
14. Piper’s son takes back witty remark [3]
17. & 43 down: Am Dad given scope to create religious symbol [5, 5]
18. Mafia boss is light weight [2]
19. At last alchemy has place for mineral [4]
20. Little strath [4]
22. Remove phosphorous from dried fruit to reveal old German script [5]
24. See 7 down
26. Old wireless station identifier is rather dry [4]
28. Message sent to US Defense Department HQ? [9]
30. Stroll without 500 to produce a boil [3]
31. The French in the South West killed [4]
32. Religious member sounds unwell [4]
33. London theatre element [2]
37. Over a big book is typical? [7]
38. Return family to make a mark [3]
39. Bony crime, but it is in early stages [9]
41. British soldier to know. Is removed [5]
43. See 17 down
45. See 7 down
47. Wound mark on sailor looks like an insect [6]
48. Take rodent back to US city to find place for holy men to practise their craft [5]
50. Sounds like water storages one condemns [5]
53. Get cross when searching in Egyptian khaki [4]
55. Judgemental name is used for sport ranking [3]
59. Element is modern measurements [2]

SOLUTION

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