Clue – Ball of yarn

Clue, meaning guide to the solution of a mystery, is a variant of the word ‘clew’ from Early modern English, in around the 1500s. ‘Clew’ meant ‘ball of yarn’. Its use in the modern day is a reference to the ball of yarn that Theseus used to find his way out of the labyrinth in the Greek Minotaur myth.

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