"What Odysseus was bound to during the sirens song" NYT crossword answer is:MAST (4 letters length)
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In Homer's epic poem, The Odyssey, Odysseus was bound to the mast of his ship during the sirens song. This was done so that he would not be lured away by the enchanting music of the sirens. He ordered his crew to bind him to the mast and not to release him, no matter how much he begged. This allowed Odysseus to hear the sirens song without being tempted to follow it.