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c. Also in 1875
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ALSO IN 1875

Supplied by David Duffey

Verner's law, propounded in 1875, states that, in respect of Germanic languages, the medial and final fricatives were voiced if they came after an unaccented syllable in the IndoEuropean parent language. So there.

Trivia question. Which famous Singer died in 1875?

The Court of Common Pleas was abolished, and the Courts of Justice moved from Westminster Hall.

The Kentucky Derby was first run, and to make the tenuous link of Triple Crown, Rugby Union became a 15aside game.

Joseph Bazalgette, hero among civil engineers, completed phase 1 of the London sewerage system.

Mary Baker but not quite Eddy yet published "Science and Health".

A company was formed to construct a tunnel under the English Channel, while on the channel Captain Webb completed his famous first cross Channel swim, from Dover to Cap Griz Nez in 21 hours 45 minutes but I expect it was bleu nez (and lots of other bits) despite it being August 24-5.

There were uprisings in Bosnia and Herzegovina.

The Prince of Wales visited India.

Disraeli took the personal risk of borrowing four million pounds from The House of Rothschild to buy 176,602 shares in the Suez Canal for the British Government.

Moody and Sankey were reviving away like billyo.

Striking ceased to be a criminal offence under English law and became merely a civil wrong.

Watches with an incorporated winding mechanism as opposed to a key went on sale for the first time.

Bret Harte published "Tales of the Argonauts", stories of the fortyniners, Mark Twain "The Adventures of Tom Sawyer" and Anthony Trollope "The Way We Live Now".

Kwang Hsu became Emperor of China.

The Comanche made peace with the US government. There was a rebellion in Cuba.

The London Medical School for Women was founded. A rollerskating rink was opened in London.

In New York, Helena Blavatsky founded the Theosophical Society. Bismark abolished religious orders in Prussia.

Lecoq discovers the element gallium.

Strength of European armies: Russia 3,360,000; Germany 2,800,000; France 412,000; Great Britain 113,000 but Britain had a Navy which, as a matter of policy, was maintained at twice the strength of any other possible combination of navies which might oppose it.

206,338 people were in workhouses in England, the lowest figure throughout the century.

Bizet produced Carmen then died, or was that Tennyson? (Carmen to the Garden Maud).

Heinrich Schliemann published Troy and its Remains.

Louis Agassiz established an aquarium at Newport, Rhode Island.

Colleges established in 1875: Mayo Rajikumer in Ajmer, Rajasthan, India; Hebrew Union, Cincinatti; Aligarh Muslim University.

Liberty's shop opened in Regent Street.

Ernest Giles became the first European to cross the Great Victoria Desert (glad to get Australia in).

Alfonso XII of Spain took up his royal duties.

Sam Bass, the US "Robin Hood" becomes an outlaw.

The Green Back Party was founded in the US.

The game of snooker reputedly invented at the Ooty Club, Outacamund, in Indyah.

Two works of reference consulted in compiling the above list state that the first of the Gilbert and Sullivan Operettas was produced in London in 1875 I've seen it written, so it must be true.


Answers to David Duffey's Cryptic Puzzle

1. Annoyed with another 'en? Sounds like a hexhortation which makes SavoyNet go childish.

Answer: PECKER
['en = hen]

2. Jury use part of common stereotype to describe The Defendant.

[comMON STEReotype]

3. Gave confused tenor charity? No, he helped a baritone.

[anagram of tenor charity]

4. How, initially, judge obliged bridesmaids, or at least how he managed it.

Answer: JOB
[initials of judge obliged bridesmaids]

5. Sort of uses our 'at to get married in.

[anagram of uses our 'at]

6. Rear bulge about at the same time as King one and six.

[anagram of rear bulge; King one and six = James II]

7. Play your trump, Ian, you rascal.

[trump = ruff + ian]

8. Their smalls went about in a strange place to dance.

[anagram of their smalls went]

9. He certainly did not get this dinner from an Ammonite or a Moabite (Deut 23:4).

[Biblical quote]

10. Defendant's heart ran gingerly? Only if the adverbial queen is removed.

[remove adverbial queen (erly) from gingerly]

Answers to Sharon Brindle's Anagrams

1. womenfolk be her escort     comes the broken flower
2. theft and need    the Defendant
3. rather emigrate    marriage tether
4. maiden malice    a nice dilemma
5. afflictions felt upon her fun of cleft relationship    Counsel for the Plaintiff
6. forum enjoy crush    Chorus of Jurymen
7. council entries    silence in court
8. minstrels wealth    Westminster Hall
9. perilous music lies    supercilious smile
10. ejected no shams    James the Second
11. been so inert    bore intense
12. reverend cabins    reversed in banc
13. copy up miniatures    impecunious party
14. any cabinet lie     Ancient Bailey
15. toasted camel    castle moated
16. tow my shortened goat    two Mondays together
17. reproach some fib    Breach of Promise
18. jangled duet here    The Learned Judge
19. help faint fit    The Plaintiff
20. lock mutant teeth    tackle the mutton


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