&lit

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

& + lit, a shortening of literal or literally.

Adjective[edit]

&lit (not comparable)

  1. (of a cryptic crossword clue) That can be interpreted in its entirety as either a definition or wordplay; for example, "God incarnate, essentially" for "Odin", a Norse god whose name is hidden in "God incarnate".

Noun[edit]

&lit (plural &lits)

  1. A clue of this type.
    Perfect &lits are hard to create.
    • 2006, Nikki Katz, Zen and the Art of Crossword Puzzles: A Journey Down and Across, page 63:
      &Lit: This word play means "and take it literally." In these clues, the word play and literal definition are one and the same. &Lit clues are marked with an exclamation point at the end.