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Whole I am cut,
In parts I come in threes.
First I am scarlet,
Second I am first,
Third I am an age,
Fourth I tell tales,
Fifth I have eaten,
Sixth I scatter.

What am I?

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I think the answer is

Lacerated

Whole I am cut,

The definition of lacerate is to make deep cuts in.

In parts I come in threes.

The rest of the clues correspond to three letter words.

First I am scarlet,

lac is a resinous substance secreted as a protective covering by the lac insect usually red in colour.

Second I am first,

ace is often used to represent one in cards (also can be both high and low card).

Third I am an age,

era is a long an distinct period of time, an age.

Fourth I tell tales,

rat can be sland for a person who is deceitful or disloyal by telling tales.

Fifth I have eaten,

ate is the past tense of eat.

Sixth I scatter.

ted means to turn and spread out.

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  • $\begingroup$ that was quick! $\endgroup$ – martin Jul 29 '16 at 16:32
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    $\begingroup$ Thank you, for me the key clues here were the 'fifth' and the 'Whole I am cut'. There weren't many other words I could think of to fit these and the rest of the puzzle slotted into place after that. $\endgroup$ – hexomino Jul 29 '16 at 16:38

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