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Cleaner exhaust with nothing inside (3)


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'cleaner exhaust with nothing inside' is the definition.
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'cleaner exhaust with nothing inside' is the wordplay.
'cleaner exhaust' becomes 'op' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'with' indicates putting letters inside.
'nothing' becomes 'scratch' (as in making something 'from scratch').
'inside' means to look at the middle letters.
The middle letter of 'scratch' is 'a'.
'op' enclosing 'a' is 'OAP'.

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(Another definition for oap that I've seen is " senior citizen".)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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