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Copper embraced by tipsy Freddie? (7)


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'freddie?' is the definition.
Both the answer and definition are singular nouns.
Perhaps they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'copper embraced by tipsy' is the wordplay.
'copper' becomes 'cu' (chemical symbol).
'embraced by' is an insertion indicator.
'tipsy' becomes 'merry' (I've seen this before).
'cu' put inside 'merry' is 'MERCURY'.

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(Other definitions for mercury that I've seen before include "Planet - rising with temperature?" , "Messenger of the Gods, or a chemical element" , "In Roman myth, the messenger of the gods" , "Element, symbol Hg" , "Metal liquid at room temperature" .)

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