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Decaying matter Mike extracted from dip (5)


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'decaying matter' is the definition.
'humus' can be an answer for 'matter' (humus is a kind of matter). I am not certain of the 'decaying' bit.

'mike extracted from dip' is the wordplay.
'mike' becomes 'M' (phonetic alphabet: alpha, bravo, charlie etc.).
'extracted from' is a deletion indicator.
'dip' becomes 'hummus' (I've seen this before).
'hummus' with 'm' taken away is 'HUMUS'.

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(Other definitions for humus that I've seen before include "Compost" , "decomposing organic matter" , "Fertilising agent" , "Partially decomposed matter in the soil" , "Organic matter in topsoil" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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