“Bats, Rackets and Sticks”

Cryptic Quiz 9

French cricket (for rules see below) is my favourite bat and ball game. Everyone can join in. The best sportsmen can be tested with rapid passing between the fielders and throws at the legs, only when they are struggling to keep their balance. A mystified three-year-old will break into joyous laughs as the gentle lob hits their bat. Everyone cheers and smiles. The beach is the best place to play. There’s the challenge of trying to hit the ball into the sea where someone will have to go to fetch it and the spectacular diving catches that can be made without pain.

First Question

Suppress the second start.
S (6)

Suppress: “Quash”

second: “s”

“s” starts “Quash”:


Second Question

H (7)


Third Question

Alien with a sore neck.
C (7)

Alien: “E.T.”

sore neck: “crick”

“E.T.” with a “crick”


Fourth Question

The military stick around the leaderless administration.
B (9)

military stick: ”baton”

administration: “admin”

leaderless “admin”: “dmin”

“baton” around “dmin”:


Fifth Question

Rough and ready dance.
B (8)

Rough and ready: “Base”

dance: “ball”


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T (5,6)

“Dennis” lost his head: “ennis”

can: “able”

“able” enter the “TT”: “TableT”

“ennis” at the end:

Table Tennis

Picture Question

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​The Rules of French Cricket:

Kit: Small (Size 3) cricket bat; ball (dog’s toy or Tennis).

Pitch: beach sand, or grass (harder surfaces make diving catches more difficult).

Mark a spot where the batter stands, feet together, facing the person with the ball, holding the bat in front of their lower legs with the flat face pointing towards the thrower.

The aim for the batter is to prevent the ball hitting his feet or legs from the knee down (being bowled), by hitting the ball away without being caught.

The thrower may throw underarm towards the batter’s legs, trying to bowl them and hoping for a catch if the batter hits the ball, or throw to one of the other fielders in the ring around the batter.

The batter may only turn to face the new thrower if they have hit the ball. If not, they must keep their feet still and twist around to try and defend their lower legs from the new thrower behind them.

Clever passing of the ball between fielders in the ring may cause the batter to overbalance and step to the side or fall.

When the batter is bowled, caught or leaves the spot, they are out and a new batter takes over, either by rotation or the person who took the wicket.

Scoring (the number of throws survived or complete orbits of the bat around the legs) is optional.

No “Cabbaging”: The thrower must swing their arm straight towards the batter, UNDERARM. No waggling from side to side is allowed.

The fielders must keep a distance from the batter that is further than the extreme range of the swing of the bat.

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Chemical elements: All possible, Carbon: C, Copper: Cu, Gold: Au, Hydrogen: H, Iron: Fe, Nitrogen: N, Oxygen: O, Silver: Ag, Sulphur: S

Chess: King: K, Queen: Q, Bishop:B, Knight: N, Rook: R

Countries: Australia: Aus, England: Eng, France: Fr, Germany: Ger, Great Britain: GB, Northern Ireland: NI, New Zealand: NZ, Russia: Rus, Scotland: Sco, South Africa: SA, Spain: Esp, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland: UK, United States of America: USA/US

Cricket Score Card: bowled: b, caught: c or ct, stumped: st.

Direction: east: E, left: L, north: N, right: R, south: S, west: W

Jobs: Salesperson/man/woman: Rep

Military: Royal Artillary: RA, Royal Engineers: RE

Miscellaneous: Hospital: H

Money: penny: d/p, pound: l, shilling: s

Music notation: loud: f, notes: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, quiet: p, very loud: ff, very quiet: pp

Musical notes: doh, ray, me, fa/fah, so, la/lah, te

Names: First/Christian Names can be abbreviated to the first letter. Common alternatives are also used: Catherine/Katherine: Cath, Cathy, Kat, Kate, Katy, … Charles: Charlie, Chaz, Chuck, … Elizabeth: Liz, Lizzy, Beth, Betty, Eliza, … Henry: Harry, Hal, …

Numbers: billion/thousand-million: giga/G, billionth: nano/n, hundredth: centi/c, million: mega/M, tenth: deci/d, thousand: kilo/k, thousandth: milli/m, trillion/million-million: tera/T

Police: Detective Inspector: DI, Detective Sargent: DS, Policeman/Copper/Plod: PC

Popular Culture: Compact Disk: CD, Extended Play record: EP, fashionable: U, laugh out loud: lol, Long Play record: LP, unfashionable: non-U

Position/Grade: First/1st/I/A, Second/2nd/II/B, Third/3rd/III/C, Fourth/4th/IV/D, Fifth/5th/V/E, Sixth/6th/VI/F/Fail

Road Names: Avenue: Av, Close: Cl, Court: Ct, Crescent: Cr, Drive: Dr, Road: Rd, Street: St

Roman Numerals: one: I, five: V, ten: X, fifty: L, one hundred: C, five hundred: D, one thousand: M,

Scientific: acceleration: a, Amps: A, Centigrade: C, electricity: AC (Alternating Current), DC (Direct Current), Energy: E, Fahrenheit: F, hour: h/hr, mass: m, minute: m/min, Newtons (Force): N, Speed of Light: c, second: s/sec, speed/velocity: v, time/temperature: t, Tesla: T, Volts: V, Watts: W

Ships: Steam Ship: SS, Her/His Majesty’s Ship: HMS

Sport: Professional: Pro

Subjects: Art/s: A, Biology: Bio, Chemistry: Chem, Engineering: Eng, Philosophy: Phil, Science: Sc

Text: circa : c, editor: ed, information: i/info, in charge: ic, plural: pl, reference/referee: ref, refers to/with reference to: re, slang: sl, spelling: sp, very: v,

Titles: Bachelor: B, Doctor: Dr/DPhil/PhD, Knight: Sir, Master: M, Missis/Missus/Mistress: Mrs, Mister: Mr, Professor: Prof, Saint: St

Vehicle Licence Plate Country Codes: France: F, Germany: D, Italy: I, Switzerland: Ch, UK: GB

Weights and Measures: gram: g, metre: m, pound: lb, stone: st, ton/tonne: t