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A small scrap or morsel of food left after a meal is completed

Common clues: Table scrap; Morsel; Crumb; Scrap for Spot; Bit of biscuit; Bit for a beagle perhaps; Scone bit; Supper scrap; Leftover

Crossword puzzle frequency: 5 times a year

Frequency in English language: 72885 / 86800

News: Guidelines on giving dog table scraps

Video: Guilty Dog

Scientists in Bristol have developed a battery which generates electricity from organic waste.

The battery, or microbial fuel cell (MFC), costs just £10 to make and in the future, could allow leftovers from Sunday lunch to top up the power supply of a household.

Although MCFs have been developed in the past, they have always been inefficient and expensive.

But technologists at the University of the West of England in Bristol have come up with the cheap, organic battery.

Team leader Chris Melhuish told New Scientist magazine said that although the new MCFs run on sugar cubes, the team aims to move on to carrot power.

"It has to be able to use raw materials, rather than giving it refined fuel."

Inside the battery, which is the size of a personal CD player, a colony of E. coli bacteria produce enzymes which break down carbohydrates and release hydrogen.

Chemical reactions inside the cell strip electrons from the hydrogen atoms to produce a voltage that can power a circuit.

Scientists say 50 grammes of sugar would keep a 40-watt light bulb lit for eight hours.

[Source: BBC News, Oct 9, 2002]

ORT (222) 52 Tu+ >1 09 Table scrap

25 Th >1 07 Scrap RAG ROW STO

11 Tu- >1 05 Food scrap

10 Th >1 09 Morsel BIT

7 Th+ NYT 09 Crumb BIT

7 Mo >1 02 Scrap of food

7 We >1 06 Supper scrap

5 Th- >1 06 Leftover bit

5 Fr >1 99 Scrap for Fido

5 We >1 06 Scrap for Rover

5 We- >1 03 Scrap for Spot

4 Th >1 00 Leftover ODD

3 Tu- >1 05 Food morsel

3 >1 00 Uneaten morsel

2 We CSy 04 Doggy bag bit

2 Tu- >1 05 Leaving after dinner

2 Th >1 05 Leaving after lunch

2 Tu- >1 01 Leftover morsel

2 Th- >1 97 Meal crumb

2 Tu- >1 02 Meal morsel

2 We >1 04 Morsel of food

03 Relic of the repast

1 Th WSJ 08 "A Thing ___" (Beach Boys song)

85 Alimentary modicum

1 Fr NYT 07 Alimentary particle?