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Clued In #53 | Think outside the jukebox

Mihir Balantrapu  |  21 May 2020

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Crossworders are big on lateral thinking. Crossworders are even bigger on rare synonyms with ancient etymologies.

Bung the two together, and you find that the simplest answer with a simple-looking surface can require you to read between, above and beyond the lines.

 

The Hindu Cryptic #12,940 | KrissKross |  14 Across

Clue surface: Just playing “Empty” song (4)

Definition: Just

Answer: ONLY

Explanation: If a electronic music player is ‘playing’, it is ON. An ‘empty song’ is a LAY without its contents, or a LAY, if you will.

The word lay is old English for a simple ballad or metric poem.

 

LAY

sounds like: lay

noun

— a short narrative or poem to be sung

— a song

etymology

1200–50; lai  from Middle English; láed, laíd from Old Irish meaning metrical composition, poem

 

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