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Crafty about some of the camels ponging a bit (6)


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'the camels ponging a bit' is the definition.
I can't tell whether this definition defines the answer.

'crafty about some' is the wordplay.
'crafty' becomes 'sly' (sly can mean crafty or cunning).
'about' indicates putting letters inside.
'some' becomes 'mel' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'sly' enclosing 'mel' is 'SMELLY'.

'of' is the link.

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(Other definitions for smelly that I've seen before include "Stinking" , "Having a bad odour" , "With unpleasant odour" , "Foetid" , "Unpleasant on the nose" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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