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I'm new to cryptics but I managed to complete an entire puzzle from The Nation except for one clue where I'm stuck:

"A strip said to be possibly what was popular in living rooms once (10)" .

And IF I answered all of the other clues correctly, then the pattern for the answer to this one is as follows:

_s_i_i_t_a

Probably simple for you experts out there but it has me stumped!

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This is a pretty obscure word (one that I hadn't heard before):

"Aspidistra"

is a genus of plant often used as a houseplant.

The clue should be parsed with

"to be possibly" as an anagram indicator, and "a strip said" as the fodder to be anagrammed (with the rest being a definition).

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  • $\begingroup$ That. Was. Fast. +1 $\endgroup$ – Omega Krypton Oct 1 at 2:29
  • $\begingroup$ Wow! I'm impressed! And although I have heard the word I would have never guessed it "was popular in living rooms once".... Thanks much! $\endgroup$ – lhartney Oct 1 at 2:40
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    $\begingroup$ @lhartney and Deusovi - this word would be much better known in Britain - it's still fairly common to see them as houseplants here! Plus George Orwell wrote this novel, which I suspect might be its only appearance in a book title! :) $\endgroup$ – Stiv Oct 1 at 6:30
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    $\begingroup$ I don't know if this is its only appearance in a song title, but here's the wonderful Gracie Fields singing her song The Biggest Aspidistra In the World. youtube.com/watch?v=lHN-ZQzkJJU#t=28 $\endgroup$ – Rosie F Oct 1 at 6:55
  • $\begingroup$ Sorry, there is a problem with Wikipedia. $\endgroup$ – Scratch---Cat Oct 1 at 7:31

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