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A little pasta number the Spanish do the wrong way (6)


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'a little pasta' is the definition.
(noodles are a type of pasta)

'number the spanish do the wrong way' is the wordplay.
'number' becomes 'no' (abbreviation).
'the spanish' becomes 'el' ('the' in Spanish).
'the wrong way' is a reversal indicator.
'eldo' back-to-front is 'odle'.

(Other definitions for noodle that I've seen before include "Simpleton - strip of pasta" , "strip in the kitchen" , "Simpleton; piece of pasta" , "Dope - put in the soup" , "See silly person" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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