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Cryptic Crosswords

Once again, I am posting my bafflement at the number of clues in the cryptic crosswords that are specifically targeted towards people who must live in the U.K.   This past week, for one example, there was the word "butcher" which means "to look at" in British slang.  There was a reference to Ladybird Books, a British publisher.  There were many other examples.  I don't understand why the cryptic has to be slanted for English puzzle enthusiasts.  


This past Saturday's puzzle was another good example:   A tree found in part of London.  Another clue whose answer is Lancashire.  Another clue about a cricket prize.  A clue whose answer is Field Marshal John Denton Pinkstone French, 1st Earl of Ypres, KP, GCB, OM, GCVO, KCMG, ADC, PC, known as Sir John French, a senior British Army officer!
Would a U.S. citizen be expected to know those?
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