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My start sheds tears somewhat expressly
My end was sung by Elvis Presley
My middle is a fabled bird of prey
I'm nonsense, or I'm made of clay

Who or what am I?

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  • $\begingroup$ Maybe "My start is made of Chromium" instead, for future reference? The elemental symbol for Chromium is Cr :) $\endgroup$ – Doktor J Apr 11 '18 at 16:29
  • $\begingroup$ @DoktorJ sure, that would work too. Personally, I much prefer clueing with dictionary words instead of arbitrary letter combinations, whenever there’s a choice between the two. $\endgroup$ – Bass Apr 11 '18 at 16:49
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My start sheds tears somewhat expressly

Still on it... perhaps it is Cry (shed tears) without the Y (why as an expression?)
Or as M Oehm suggested: Croc(odile tears)!

My end was sung by Elvis Presley

Rock (music genre)

My middle is a fabled bird of prey

Roc (giant mythological bird)

I'm nonsense, or I'm made of clay

Crock ( An earthenware vessel. or another word for 'foolish talk')

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    $\begingroup$ Yep, that must be it. As for the start, see here. $\endgroup$ – M Oehm Apr 11 '18 at 8:59
  • $\begingroup$ @MOehm, Thank you, that sounds much better. I'll add it. $\endgroup$ – PL457 Apr 11 '18 at 9:04
  • $\begingroup$ Congrats on the mortarboard! This is, of course, the correct answer. $\endgroup$ – Bass Apr 11 '18 at 16:20

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