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Being more chubby is almost a game (7)


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'being more chubby' is the definition.
Both the definition and answer are comparative adjectives. Perhaps you can see an association between them that I can't see?

'almost a game' is the wordplay.
'almost' means to remove the last letter (most of the word but not all of it).
'a game' becomes 'rounders' (rounders is a kind of game).
'rounders' with its final letter taken away is 'ROUNDER'.

'is' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for rounder that I've seen before include "complete circuit in a game" , "More circular" , "Or under (anag.)" , "More rotund" , "Score in bat and ball game" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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