“Birds of Prey”

Cryptic Quiz 6

I always associate birds of prey with surprise encounters, although gulls trying to steal my ice-cream or pasty may come at the top of that list. The motionless outline on the field-boundary fence that makes you stop and do a double-take. That must be a bird: all the other posts are shorter. I once caught a view of the most beautiful carving on an impressive gatepost as I ran by and nearly fell over as it rose into the air only metres away. The stooping dive from above the Atlantic cliffs or the gentle rising circles above the Grand Canyon rim, each causes a moment’s pause for wonder.

First Question

It was included in the cost, so they ordered kit early.
Hint
R (3,4)
Answer

Inside ”the cost, so they orde…red kit e…arly.”

Red Kite

Second Question

Press the button to gain attention; present card; head off.
Hint
B (7)
Answer

Press the button to gain attention: “Buzz”

present “card”; head off: “card” without head: “ard”

Buzzard

Third Question

In France, father had a smile at the crushed-leaf look.
Hint
P (9,6)
Answer

father in French: “père”

smile: “grin”

crushed-leaf: anagram of leaf: “e fal”

look: “con”

“père” had a “grin” at the “e fal” “con”

Peregrine Falcon

Fourth Question

Goal legend, Evans, was on fire!
Hint
G (6,5)
Answer

Evans: “E”

“Goal legend E” was on fire:

anagram of “Goal legend E”

Golden Eagle

Fifth Question

Build the strong half into the keel.
Hint
K (7)
Answer

strong half: “str”

Build the “str” into the “keel”

Kestrel

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Hint
B (4,3)
Answer

Within “the new rules make the… bar now, l…ower than before.”

Barn Owl

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Abbreviations

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