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Lifeless old man embraces sweetheart (4)


I believe the answer is:


'lifeless' is the definition.
('dead' can be a synonym of 'lifeless')

'old man embraces sweetheart' is the wordplay.
'old man' becomes 'dad' ('dad' can be a synonym of 'old man').
'embraces' indicates putting letters inside.
'sweetheart' becomes 'e' (the heart/centre of 'sweet').
'dad' placed around 'e' is 'DEAD'.

(Other definitions for dead that I've seen before include "Stiff - bereft of life" , "Late; exact" , "Gone to meet one's Maker" , "Passed on" , "dull" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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