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Turn cross, receiving hard riddle from one (6)


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'riddle from one' is the definition.
(the sphinx gave out riddles in Greek myth)

'turn cross receiving hard' is the wordplay.
'turn' becomes 'spin' (spin is a kind of turn).
'cross' becomes 'x' (X is cross-shaped).
'receiving' indicates putting letters inside.
'hard' becomes 'h' (abbreviation used in pencil classifications).
'spinx' going around 'h' is 'SPHINX'.

(Other definitions for sphinx that I've seen before include "Figure at Giza in Egypt" , "Egyptian atatue with lion's body and man's head" , "'Riddling monster, half-woman, half-lion (6)'" , "Egypt. monster statue" , "Egyptian 'lion-man'" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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