No back story, no setting, no theme, simply a cryptic clue to solve:

Mark hidden in plain sight and it's close. Listen!

Since cryptic clues traditionally indicate the number of letters in the solution, I'll provide that as a hint:


After some feedback on my first question, hopefully this is a little better. However, criticism is still welcome.

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It may be



'insig' from hidden in plain sight
'nia' from sounds like (Listen) near

  • $\begingroup$ wow, if it is correct, amazing deduction skills $\endgroup$
    – lois6b
    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:12
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    $\begingroup$ Yes, it's probably correct. But it is unconventional to have only part of the answer hidden. Hidden answers usually contain the whole solution, otherwise you don't really know what or how much to look for. $\endgroup$
    – M Oehm
    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:21
  • $\begingroup$ Looks good to me $\endgroup$
    – Strawberry
    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:45

My answer:

Hidden in plain sight by Mark Buchanan. "Buchanan" is of 8 characters in length.

  • $\begingroup$ Not really cryptic though, is it? $\endgroup$
    – Strawberry
    Sep 7, 2016 at 8:45

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