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Element illuminated with buzz holding current (7)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

lithium

Here is my best explanation:

'element' is the definition.

(lithium is a kind of element)

'illuminated with buzz holding current' is the subsidiary indication.

'illuminated' becomes 'lit' ('lit' can be a synonym of 'illuminated').

'with' says to put letters next to each other.

'buzz' becomes 'hum' ('hum' can be a synonym of 'buzz').

'holding' is an insertion indicator.

'current' becomes 'i' (symbol for electric current).

'hum' enclosing 'i' is 'hium'.

'lit'+'hium'='lithium'

This clue was last seen in The Telegraph

(Other definitions for lithium that I've seen before include "Soft silvery element", "Element used in batteries", "Lightest-known metal", "Light metal element", "Silver-white metal (symbol: Li)", "Lightest metallic element", "Light metallic element", "Chemical element (Li), used in batteries" and "Lightest alkali metal".)

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