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'Earth', the artist said (4)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

clay

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Here is my best explanation:

'earth' is the definition.
(clay is a kind of earth)

'the artist said' is the wordplay.
'the artist' becomes 'klee' (Paul Klee).
'said' shows a homophone (sound like).
'klee' sounds like 'CLAY'.

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This clue was last seen in The Guardian

(Other definitions for clay that I've seen before include "basis", "Court surface", "Muhammad Ali's original surname", "Earth for pottery", "Pigeon target", "Moulding material", "Pottery material", "Brick/pottery material", "Basis of pottery" and "Human body".)

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