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Contessa yesterday offering submission (5)


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'submission' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both acts as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe they are linked in a way I don't understand?

'contessa yesterday' is the wordplay.
'ESSAY' is hidden in amongst the letters.
But, I'm uncertain how this is indicated.

'offering' is the link.

Can you help me to learn more?

(Other definitions for essay that I've seen before include "Scholarly work" , "Make an effort to write one" , "Composition, paper, article" , "Composition; attempt" , "Short treatise" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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