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    3rd C. Saint, companion of Saint Cyprian.

    2

    Word forming element meaning ”other” from the Greek.

    3

    From the early 1900’s and a manufacturing company in Hartford, Connecticut, USA.  (The Allen Manufacturing Company.)

    4

    C. 1200 from Old English for brave or later clever/wise. Earlier use in Old Norse for skilful and wise.
    When applied to knives is a peculiarly English word.

    5

    Meaning “famous spear” from the German “faire” and “sper”.
    Arrived with the Normans and replaced the former Old English cognate word.

    6

    Old English, familiar term for a boy, later used of apprentices, servants, etc. Also possibly from the Welsh word for red “coch”.
    This surname when used with ..comical as an adjective means foppish or conceited, but this form was discouraged by Johnson as “a low word unworthy of use”.

    7

    Meaning “rich guard” from the Old English elements for wealth/fortune (“ead”) and guard (“weard”).
    Name survived the Norman co0nquest when others were lost and replace by Norman names due to the popularity of the late King.

    8

    17th C. Name for the bishop in chess. The latter (bishop) from Late Latin and Greek “episkopus” meaning watcher or overseer,
    which is probably a good thing in view of this person’s current post.

    9

    C. 1300 Old French, probably from a Frankish frequentive form of “weron” to adorn or bedeck.
    Many forms in Romanic languages such as Old Spanish, French, Italian and Portuguese.
    (Interestingly in the Online Etymology Dictionary it appeared close to “hooligan”.)

    10

    From Norman French meaning a bad town. A famous person with this name had trouble with whales and whale meet (author of Moby Dick).
    Altogether Whale meat again, don’tknow where don’t know when

    11

    Teams

    12

    The colour of the cloth in royal counting houses from late 14th C and to take up a designated position on a ship, from around 1400.

    13

    Old English derived from Norse meaning “King Utto is lost on his way to Exeter”.

    14

    A liquid measure in North Sea and Baltic trade in the early 14th C. (8.5 Imperial Gallons).
    (Not to be confused with a word from the 1940s referring to male self abuse.)

    15

    Circa 1708 - to trick, outwit or gain advantage, often refers to a young boy, so can be used in relation to the theft of sandwiches.

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