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Re(8): What is an &lit?

The term &lit was coined by Ximenes in His Book - you know - That Book.

Various plodathons loosely based on His approach to cluing have introduced terms such as "partial &lit" and "semi-&lit" to cover clues where the wordplay only uses part of the surface. Ximenes explicitly included those within the meaning of &lit.

Since it is his term surely it's only reasonable to allow his own definition to hold sway.

Some dislike the term altogether and prefer "all-in-one" - maybe they mean that to include only full &lits - I don't know - you'd have to ask them.

The question can obviously be asked: If you're going to allow only partial use of the surface in the wordplay why not allow the other way round - ie full surface for the wordplay but only partial surface for the definition.

I imagine that the thinking is (I've never seen this stated anywhere) that when the full surface can give the definition the clue can be seen as a CD with anything gained from the wordplay reading being just an added bonus - so not subject to any sort of rules.


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