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Bed not turned - but the sheets may be (6)


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'the sheets may be' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'bed not turned' is the wordplay.
'bed' becomes 'cot' (cot is a kind of bed).
'turned' says the letters should be written in reverse.
'not' backwards is 'ton'.

'but' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for cotton that I've seen before include "Substance like fine wool" , "Cloth woven from a plant" , "Golfing man" , "Soft fabric and fluffy wool (6" , "Fabric woven from plant fibres" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian and The Globe and Mail.
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