# Batter up! (A cryptic clue)

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

A hint will cost you NZ$100! ## 1 Answer The answer is PLUM PUDDING because 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 and one can parse it as PLUMP (big) + DIN (noise) inside UDG (dugout = DUG out = anagram of DUG). Incidentally, 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.

• How embarrassing, I have a 50 in my wallet, too. – Rupert Morrish Feb 9 at 9:41
• Any comment on the title? – Rupert Morrish Feb 9 at 9:41
• 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.] – Gareth McCaughan Feb 9 at 12:09
• More to do with multiple meanings of "batter" – Rupert Morrish Feb 9 at 19:00
• I wouldn't have thought uncooked plum pudding stuff would be called "batter", if that's what you mean: wrong sort of consistency. – Gareth McCaughan Feb 9 at 22:18