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Birds initially ignored nuts (3)


I believe the answer is:


'nuts' is the definition.
(in printing nut can mean a space as wide as an 'n')

'birds initially ignored' is the wordplay.
'birds' becomes 'pens' (pen is a female swan).
'initially ignored' means to remove the first letter.
'pens' with its first letter taken off is 'ENS'.

(Other definitions for ens that I've seen before include "Printing measures" , "Entity" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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