Big noise in dugout retired by Rutherford? (4, 7)

A hint will cost you NZ$100!


The answer is



the "plum pudding" model of the atom (an extended positive blob with small electrons spread about in it like raisins in a plum pudding) was made obsolete ("retired") by Ernest Rutherford's experiments shooting alpha particles at gold foil


one can parse it as PLUMP (big) + DIN (noise) inside UDG (dugout = DUG out = anagram of DUG).


I think it's actually the $100 note.

I think the title

is deliberate misdirection, because for some readers the most notable New Zealander called Rutherford might be this guy or even his son Hamish, both of whom are batsmen.

  • $\begingroup$ How embarrassing, I have a 50 in my wallet, too. $\endgroup$ Feb 9 '19 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ Any comment on the title? $\endgroup$ Feb 9 '19 at 9:41
  • $\begingroup$ Oh, sorry, I meant to say something about that. Will edit. [Now done. Not sure there isn't some further thing that I'm missing, though.] $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Feb 9 '19 at 12:09
  • $\begingroup$ More to do with multiple meanings of "batter" $\endgroup$ Feb 9 '19 at 19:00
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    $\begingroup$ I wouldn't have thought uncooked plum pudding stuff would be called "batter", if that's what you mean: wrong sort of consistency. $\endgroup$
    – Gareth McCaughan
    Feb 9 '19 at 22:18

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