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Being by herself Nelly is confused about love (6)


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'being by herself' is the definition.
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'nelly is confused about love' is the wordplay.
'is confused' indicates an anagram.
'about' indicates putting letters inside.
'love' becomes 'o' (love means zero in tennis).
'nelly' with letters rearranged gives 'lnely'.
'lnely' placed around 'o' is 'LONELY'.

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(Other definitions for lonely that I've seen before include "Without companionship" , "Unhappily unattached persons?" , "without friends" , "Solitary and sad" , "Missing company" .)

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