Crossword Genius

Nothing but national insurance money (3)


I believe the answer is:


'nothing' is the definition.
(eg nil is zero in football)

'national insurance money' is the wordplay.
'national insurance' becomes 'NI' (UK tax).
'money' becomes 'l' (L can mean 'pounds').

'but' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for nil that I've seen before include "Nothing found in senility" , "Lacking value" , "Nix, nada, nothing" , "Nothing, zero" , "Zero, no score" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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