As a detective solving the mystery of the crossword clue ‘Lemon ___’, my first thought was to brainstorm as many words related to lemons as possible. My mind immediately landed on an image of a fresh, tart and tangy slice of lemon, and I made a list of all the words that came to mind – sour, juice, zest, rind, and curd. As I considered the options, it struck me that one of these words was distinctly different from the others – curd. While the other words were more commonly associated with lemons in a straightforward way, curd hinted at a more complex process involving the use of heat and an acid to create a rich, creamy texture. This insight was confirmed after a quick search on the internet – I learned that lemon curd is a popular spread made from lemon juice, sugar, egg yolks, and butter, often enjoyed on toast or scones. With this knowledge in hand, it was clear that the answer to the crossword clue was ‘CURD‘, and I felt a sense of satisfaction at having cracked the case.