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Dog favourite, cat superior (7)


I believe the answer is:


'dog' is the definition.
(whippet is a kind of dog)

'favourite cat superior' is the wordplay.
'favourite' becomes 'pet' (synonyms).
'cat' becomes 'whip' (cat o' nine tails or cat is a type of whip).
'superior' says to put letters next to each other.
'pet' put after 'whip' is 'WHIPPET'.

(Other definitions for whippet that I've seen before include "Small greyhound-type dog" , "Dog bred for racing" , "Dog similar to a greyhound" , "Racing-dog" , "dog class?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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