Cavalry weapon

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Possible Answers: LANCE, SABER, SABRE, SWORD.

Last seen on: –The Sun – Two Speed Crossword – Nov 13 2018
USA Today Crossword – Sep 16 2018 Crossword – Nov 26 2017

Random information on the term “SABRE”:

The sabre is one of the three weapons of modern fencing, and is alternatively spelled saber in American English. The sabre differs from the other modern fencing weapons, the épée and foil, in that it is possible to score with the edge of the blade; for this reason, sabreur movements and attacks are very fast. For the other two weapons, valid touches are only scored using the point of the blade. Like the foil, but unlike the épée, sabre uses the convention of right-of-way to determine who acquires the touch.

The term sabreur refers to a male fencer who fences with a sabre. Sabreuse is the female equivalent.

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The cross-section of the sabre blade is l – or V-shaped, unlike the quadrangular shape of the foil, but not as stiff as the épée. Adult (size 5) blades are 88 cm (35 inches) in length. At the end of the blade, the point is folded over itself to form a “button”, although no actual button exists. The bell guard of the sword is curved around the handle, giving the fencer hand protection. On electrical sabres, a socket for the body wire is found underneath the bell guard. A fastener known as a pommel is attached to the end of the sword to keep the bell guard and handle on. The handle of a sabre is standardly a straight sabre grip, as other grips are incompatible with the bell guard. Pistol grips are incompatible with the sabre. The entire weapon is generally 105 cm (41 inches) long; the maximum weight is 500g, but most competition swords are closer to 400g. It is shorter than the foil or épée, and lighter than the épée, making it easier to move swiftly and incisively. The sabre’s blade is sometimes likened to a matchstick insofar as it is easy to snap but relatively cheap to replace.

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Random information on the term “SWORD”:

Sam Lee-Arthur Sword (born December 9, 1974) is a former American football player.

A native of Saginaw, Michigan, Sword played college football as a linebacker for the University of Michigan from 1995 to 1998. He was the leading tackler on the undefeated 1997 Michigan Wolverines football team that led the country in scoring defense and total defense and was ranked #1 in the final AP Poll. He led Michigan in tackles for three consecutive years, and his 265 solo tackles ranks third in school history.

Sword also played four seasons of professional football as a linebacker and on special teams in the National Football League (NFL) for the Oakland Raiders in 1999 and for the Indianapolis Colts from 2000 to 2002. He appeared in 45 NFL games, eight as a starter, and registered 66 tackles.

Sword was born in Saginaw, Michigan, in 1974. He attended Arthur Hill High School in Saginaw. Sword played football, basketball and baseball at Arthur Hill. He played middle linebacker and tight end for the football team, led the 1993 team to a state championship, and received all-state honors. He was later inducted into the Saginaw County Sports Hall of Fame.

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