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Dupin's nom de plume (4 letter answer)

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The answer SAND is seen frequently, appearing about once every 140 puzzles.

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SAND as a noun:

1. a loose material consisting of grains of rock or coral
2. (Sand, George Sand, Amandine Aurore Lucie Dupin, Baroness Dudevant) = French writer known for works concerning women's rights and independence (1804-1876)
3. (backbone, grit, guts, moxie, sand, gumption) = fortitude and determination; "he didn't have the guts to try it"

SAND as a verb:

1. (sandpaper, sand) = rub with sandpaper; "sandpaper the wooden surface"