SKEPTICON 2019 update

14 August, 2019

The Skepticon2019 speaker lineup now includes:

The Skeptics Guide to the Universe

Susan Gerbic

Jo Thornely

Professor Fiona Fidler: The Replication Crisis in the Social Sciences

Dr Sue Ieraci: Medical Anti-Science Bingo

Ross Balch: Of Microbes and Monsters

Dr Brad McKay: Home Remedies That Work?

Tina Hanigan: Should Darwin have been surprised at the spread of Skeptism in Europe following his publication ‘On the Origin of Species’?

Brendan O’Brien: The Explosion of Citizen Science

Matt Nurse: Motivated numeracy – why smart people reject the facts they don’t like

and “Australia’s Honest Con Man” Nicholas J Johnson: Bullshit For Skeptics

SKEPTICON 2019’s dedicated website for information and booking is at

Important SKEPTICON 2019 dates:

5th December: Skeptics Trivia Night at The Clyde Hotel. Hosted by Tony Pitman and Ken Greatorex, this is a fund-raiser, at $15 per head. It’s not strictly a Skepticon event, and not just for Skepticon visitors. However, with our regular locals and regional, interstate and overseas visitors participating, this fifteenth annual Vic Skeptics Trivia night should be fun. Meal from 6:00 pm, eyes down at 7:15.

6th December: Conference commencement and “meet and greet” at The Dan O’Connell Hotel.

7th December: Two Day conference commences at Carrillo Gantner Theatre, University of Melbourne Swanston Street

7th December: Conference Dinner (sold out!)

8th December: Final day of conference

May 2019 Puzzles

30 April, 2019

Head to the PUZZLES PAGE for May’s aliquot of puzzlement.

The usual seven Picture Puzzles are either quaintly bemusing or the product of a deranged mind……….. It depends on your individual point of view.

The  Skeptical Crossword is, (with just a hint of sarcasm) entitled Wellness! and comes with a set of standard and cryptic clues.

with twenty “Mixed Bag” triva type questions that get progressively harder.

and ten Logic and Maths Puzzles with in-depth solutions.


More For Schools

31 January, 2019

Last month we posted our perennial Darwin Day Suite of classroom activities.

It’s worth noting that the amount of other classroom support material available here on this website is considerable and has been developed and tested by practicing teachers. Read the rest of this entry »

Puzzles for August 2018

31 July, 2018

The Skeptical Crossword for August 2018 is themed to Religious Ideas.

96 August 2018 Crossword Religious Ideas

Our Skeptical crosswords generally have two sets of clues, one “standard” and the other “cryptic”. These monthly crosswords are all available in archive, are all based on themes related to Skepticism, and go back to 2010.

Other crosswords, wordsearches and cryptograms specifically for classroom use are available here:

Our Mixed Bag Questions have a format of twenty trivia-type questions, (ten “easy”and ten “harder”), with answers supplied.

08 August 2018 Mixed bag questions

All of our previous sets of Mixed Bag Questions are available in archive.

Our Logic & Maths Puzzles consist of ten questions of varying levels of difficulty. Solutions are supplied.

Logic and Maths Puzzles 73 August 2018 

There are now over seventy such puzzles available in archive

A new set of Picture Puzzles can be found each month at the top of the Puzzles Page.



Puzzles for March 2018

28 February, 2018

New for March:


Puzzles for February 2018

31 January, 2018

Our Puzzles Page has been updated. All monthly puzzles from 2016 and 2017 have been placed in a new PUZZLES ARCHIVE 7 
Our Puzzles Archives go back to 2010

New for February are:

  • a new set of Picture Puzzles
  • Mixed Bag Questions (Twenty Trivia / General Knowledge questions)
  • Skeptical Crossword, this month’s theme being Astrology
  • More Logic & Maths Puzzles. 


Puzzles for June 2017

31 May, 2017

CROSSWORD with Religious Imagery as its theme.

June 2017 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle [HTML Version] OR [pdf Version]


June 2017 Logic & Maths Problems [HTML Version] OR [pdf Version]

PICTURE PUZZLES and “MIXED BAG” questions are at the top of the Puzzles Page


Puzzles for May 2017

30 April, 2017

Our Crossword this month is mainly about Conspiracy Theories.

May 2017 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle (HTML format)


81 May 2017 Crossword Conspiracy Theories (.pdf format).

There are ten new May 2017 Logic & Maths Problems (HTML format)


58 Logic and Maths Puzzles May 2017 for pdf (.pdf format);

with new Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” questions at the top of the Puzzles Page


Puzzles for April 2017

31 March, 2017

Our Crossword this month has Paranormal Pastimes as its theme, and we return to a choice of standard or cryptic clues.

April 2017 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle (HTML format)


80 April 2017 Crossword Paranormal Pastimes (.pdf format).

There are ten new April 2017 Logic & Maths Problems (HTML format)


57 Logic and Maths Puzzles April 2017 for pdf (.pdf format);

and a new set of  seven Picture Puzzles and twenty “Mixed Bag” questions at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE


Puzzles for March 2017

28 February, 2017


Our Crossword this month is on General Skeptical Issues

March 2017 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle (HTML format)


79-mar-2017-crossword-general (.pdf format);

with ten new Logic & Maths Problems
March 2017 Logic & Maths Problems (HTML format)


56-logic-and-maths-puzzles-march-2017 (.pdf format);

and a new set of  Picture Puzzles and  “Mixed Bag” questions at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE


Puzzles For January 2017

31 December, 2016

jazzyruefulparsonJanuary 2017 Skeptical Crossword is about General Skeptical issues.

77-january-2017-crossword-general-skeptical-issues [.pdf form]

January 2017 Logic & Maths Problems 

54-logic-and-maths-puzzles-january-2017 [.pdf form] has ten new problems of varying degrees of difficulty

Seven new Picture Puzzles and twenty “Mixed Bag” (general knowledge / trivia) questions, are at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE

 Explore our Puzzles Archive Read the rest of this entry »

New Puzzles For September

31 August, 2016

You’ll find a new lot of Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” Questions  in the PUZZLES PAGE ;

September 2016 Skeptical Crossword Puzzle is about general skeptical issues;

while the September 2016 Logic & Maths Problems feature dice, cats, cigarette butts, photo albums and a ring around the Earth.


February Puzzles

31 January, 2016


This month’s CROSSWORD is about Frauds and Scams.
There’s a new set of LOGIC & MATHS PROBLEMS, While a fresh monthly injection of PICTURE PUZZLES and “MIXED BAG QUESTIONS” can be found at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE.

An Australian Skeptic’s Guide to Numerology

10 January, 2016

This article first appeared as a Vic Skeptics discussion pamphlet;
(See the “Useful Info” link at the top of this page.) A version also appeared on this site in 2010. However, we’ve had a few celebrities come and go since then, including several Australian Prime Ministers; so an update seems indicated.

People are all different, with different personalities, talents and desires. Numerology probably harks back to pre-Christian Hebrew mystic writing. That’s not surprising, as back then, the first letter of their alphabet also stood for the number one, and so on. Read the rest of this entry »

November Puzzles

31 October, 2014


"What's 4 Across?"

“What’s 4 Across?”


NOVEMBER 2014 SKEPTICAL CROSSWORD, with the emphasis on Frauds and Scams can be solved using either the standard or the cryptic clues provided.

Breaking News! The FSM has revealed that occasional access to Google and/or the Dictionary (UK rather than US edition) by His Cruciverbal Faithful will not incur His noodly wrath.

A new set of NOVEMBER 2014 LOGIC & MATHS PUZZLES is available.

New Picture Puzzles and “Mixed Bag” Questions have been posted at the top of the PUZZLES PAGE






PUZZLES ARCHIVE 4 (December 2012 to June 2013)

PUZZLES ARCHIVE 5 (July 2013 to September 2014)