Here is the sentence:

When Delores realized that her father had made lima beans and rice for dinner, she __________, claimed to feel nauseous, and excused herself from the table. The bag of stale popcorn in her room would tide her over until breakfast.

The blank needs to begin with a simple past tense verb. You chose clutched ..., which matches claimed and excused, keeping the structure parallel. Nice work, grammar brain!

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