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Butcher's fine cuts secure starter for Indian (6)


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'butcher's' is the definition.
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'fine cuts secure starter for indian' is the wordplay.
'fine' becomes 'f' (abbreviation).
'cuts' indicates putting letters inside (some letters cut their way into other letters).
'secure' becomes 'shut' (I've seen this in another clue).
'starter for' suggests taking the first letters.
The initial letter of 'indian' is 'i'.
'f' put into 'shut' is 'shuft'.

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(Other definitions for shufti that I've seen before include "Colloquial word for look" , "eyeful" , "Quick inspection" , "Quick look or reconnoitre" , "Peep (from the Arabic)" .)

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