How's my first cryptic clue?

Attractive when it's in gravy (7)

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    $\begingroup$ Oh, I don't know about you, but chicken in gravy is pretty damn attractive to me. $\endgroup$
    – Phylyp
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 9:11
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    $\begingroup$ A question mark in the clue should suffice, for me. $\endgroup$
    – Sid
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 9:26
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    $\begingroup$ @Phylyp I don't know, that sounds a paltry answer (!) $\endgroup$
    – StuperUser
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 14:34

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It's quite a nice and gettable clue:

GRAVITY (IT is in GRAVY) is attractive

But a couple of comments:

"When" doesn't quite work as a joining word for me, and some people might not like "attractive" as a definition (though gravity is attractive, attractive is not gravity).

EDIT: Similar clue (not quite the same):

According to wordplays.com the clue "The importance of seeing it in gravy (7)" has been used before for the same answer, but I can't find a source for that.

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    $\begingroup$ I somewhat disagree with your comment. OP's riddle is semantical shorthand for "[the answer] is attractive when it's in gravy (7)", which does not violate your assertion (though gravity is attractive, attractive is not gravity). "feline inhabitant of my house" is a correct description of my cat; and it's still correct that feline inhabitant is not my cat, but my cat is a feline inhabitant. $\endgroup$
    – Flater
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 11:29
  • $\begingroup$ @Flater the first part is not omittable. In crosswords, the definition has to match in word form with the answer, and in this case, the definition is an adjective while the answer is a noun. That makes it invalid ("It is attractive..." would have been fine, though) $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 20:22
  • $\begingroup$ @flater thanks for your comment, but could you please censor out the answer from it (via reposting) to avoid spoilers? I realised this would be contentious, which is why I appended “some people” instead of generalising. Personally, I’m not sure either way; I was just trying to answer the actual question the OP set. $\endgroup$
    – boboquack
    Commented May 8, 2018 at 21:35
  • $\begingroup$ @ffao It's not a crossword, it's a cryptic. The descriptions are much looser in a cryptic, by design. They do not have to be literal, nor exact. $\endgroup$
    – Flater
    Commented May 9, 2018 at 6:40
  • $\begingroup$ @Flater on the contrary, all definitions in a cryptic have to follow the same rules as for valid definitions in a regular crossword, otherwise it would be unfair to the solvers. If you take any cryptic crossword in a newspaper, you'll see that the word form matching is valid for all clues. $\endgroup$
    – ffao
    Commented May 9, 2018 at 6:50

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