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n. (plural of special English)

Specials (Sirius XM)

Specials is a part-time satellite radio channel which plays select special events and shows for Sirius and XM. When the channel was XM Live, some special events were broadcast in XM HD Surround, which was a 5.1 surround sound audio/CD quality stereo feed. XM Live broadcast musical events, concerts, sporting events, and weekly talk shows. The channel is available to XM Satellite Radio customers on Channel 120, And to Sirius Satellite Radio customers on Channel 113.

Specials (novel)

Specials is the third novel in the Uglies series of novels, written by the American author Scott Westerfeld. It continues the story of the protagonist, Tally Youngblood.


The terms Specials or The Specials could refer to:

  • The Specials, an English ska music band
    • The Specials, the band's first album
    • More Specials, their second album
  • The Specials (internet TV series), an internet documentary series about 5 friends with learning disabilities
  • The Specials (film), a 2000 comedy film about a group of superheroes
  • Specials (novel), a novel by Scott Westerfeld
  • Specials (TV series), a 1991 TV series about British Special Constables
  • Specials (Unicode block), Unicode codepoints used for special usage
  • The Specials (Shania Twain video), a 2001 DVD release
  • Ulster Special Constabulary, the Northern Ireland police force
  • For the comic book heroes known as "Specials", see Rising Stars (comic)
  • Special Constable, an auxiliary or temporary police worker
  • An escape/extension mechanism in the Device independent file format (DVI)
Specials (TV series)

Specials was a 1991 BBC Birmingham series about Special Constables in a fictional Midlands town.

Twelve 50- minute episodes were made.

The series was shot on videotape at Pebble Mill, Birmingham and using locations around West Bromwich and Birmingham, England.

Specials (Unicode block)

Specials is the name of a short Unicode block allocated at the very end of the Basic Multilingual Plane, at U+FFF0–FFFF. Of these 16 codepoints, five are assigned as of Unicode 9.0:

  • , marks start of annotated text

  • , marks start of annotating character(s)

  • , marks end of annotation block

  • , placeholder in the text for another unspecified object, for example in a compound document.

  • used to replace an unknown or unrepresentable character

  • not a character.

  • not a character.

FFFE and FFFF are not unassigned in the usual sense, but guaranteed not to be a Unicode character at all. They can be used to guess a text's encoding scheme, since any text containing these is by definition not a correctly encoded Unicode text. Unicode's character can be inserted at the beginning of a Unicode text to signal its endianness: a program reading such a text and encountering 0xFFFE would then know that it should switch the byte order for all the following characters.

Usage examples of "specials".

If all four boards took different routes to the river, and all of them dropped their trackers in different places, the Specials were going to have a confusing night.

If I send a hovercar full of Specials, your friends will probably be a bit suspicious.

Smokies were making a stand, holding off a handful of Specials with axes and makeshift clubs.

The Specials must have waited until most of the Smokies were gathered in the mess hall before launching their invasion.

A dozen or so Specials stood in a cordon around them, watching their captives with empty expressions.

It was the cold expressions of the Specials, beautiful though they were, that seemed horrific to her now.

Tally saw that one of the Specials had a bruise marring his pretty face.

It had been transformed into a headquarters for the invasion, the long tables filled with portable workscreens manned by Specials, its usual quiet replaced by a buzz of clipped exchanges and commands.

The Specials might be faster, but her hoverboard was more maneuverable.

The Specials might have expected her to turn off on another river, but the sudden appearance of an old railroad track had surprised them.

It seemed entirely deserted, but there might be a few Specials in hiding, waiting for stragglers to reappear.

She could hardly tell him that the Specials had released her themselves.

A squad of Specials was headed toward her across the compound, an open door behind them at ground level.

The other Specials watched from the ground below, waiting for her to fall.

Did the regular city government know what the Specials had done to the Smoke, or to Az?