A Fate who didn’t finish the material (5)

Answer: CLOTH

This is a cryptic clue from The Post (NZ) and appeared on the 22nd Jun 2023


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One of the Fates of Greek mythology was Clotho. If you don't quite finish that word, you get the word cloth (defined by "the material").

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    $\begingroup$ For reference: Clotho was the spinner, Lachesis was the weaver and Atropos was the one with the scissors. At least according to Hesiod $\endgroup$
    – No Name
    Nov 30, 2023 at 1:42
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    $\begingroup$ It's worth adding for anyone new to cryptic crosswords, that this is a type of cryptic clue called a Double Definition. So reading the clue "A Fate who didn’t finish the material (5)" as "'A Fate who didn't finish', 'the material' (5)" is what guides you to the solution. $\endgroup$
    – StuperUser
    Nov 30, 2023 at 10:19
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    $\begingroup$ @StuperUser Not a double definition. The definition is just "the material", and the rest is wordplay (letter removal). $\endgroup$
    – Jafe
    Nov 30, 2023 at 10:36
  • $\begingroup$ @jafe You're right. How would you categorise the clue? A Deletion? $\endgroup$
    – StuperUser
    Nov 30, 2023 at 11:37
  • $\begingroup$ Thanks for the responses. This makes more sense now. $\endgroup$
    – Suchi
    Dec 1, 2023 at 0:50

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