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Catches up with a Greek city-state (6)


I believe the answer is:


'greek city-state' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'catches up with a' is the wordplay.
'catches' becomes 'traps' (trapping is a kind of catching).
'up' is a reversal indicator (in down clue: letters go upwards).
'with' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'traps' reversed gives 'spart'.

(Other definitions for sparta that I've seen before include "Ancient Greek city whose citizens were noted for hardiness" , "Ancient Greek city state" , "Ancient Greek city, capital of Laconia" , "Laconic state" , "Ancient kingdom renowned for asceticism" .)

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