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Contrive to wipe out each unfinished city square (5)


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'square' is the definition.

'contrive to wipe out each unfinished city' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'city' could be 'la' (Los Angeles) and 'la' is found in the answer.
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(Other definitions for plaza that I've seen before include "Public square for pedestrians" , "Hotel" , "Sp. square, market-place" , "Town square (Sp.)" , "Public square, as in Spanish town" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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