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15 letters (Posted on 2018-02-16) Difficulty: 4 of 5
<this word> has one I, two Ls, three Ns, four Es, and five Ss.
Find it and its meaning.

Source: Discovered by Sir Jeremy Morse.

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I looked up Jeremy Morse and found he was a partial model for Colin Dexter's fictional creation Inspector Morse and that he, like the Inspector, was a skilled cruciverbalist, or expert in crossword puzzles, especially of the cryptic sort.  So I was expecting the answer would require some kind of word play.

Next I moved the letters around until I found two words, senseless and linens.  Two words aren't one word but it was a start.  

I decided to look up the two and found a reference in Shakespeare's Cymbeline, Act 1, scene iv.


. . . What was the last

That he spake to thee?


It was, his queen, his queen!

Then waved his handkerchief?

And kissed it, madam.


Senseless linen, happier therein than I!

Which makes my guess handkerchief.

Edited on February 16, 2018, 12:08 pm
  Posted by xdog on 2018-02-16 12:07:06

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