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Excellent rescue dog minus tail in cricket club (7)


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'excellent' is the definition.

'tail in cricket club' is the wordplay.
'tail' becomes 'lassi' (I am not sure about this - if you are sure you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'cricket club' becomes 'cc' (cricketing abbreviation).
'lassi' placed within 'cc' is 'CLASSIC'.

'rescue dog minus' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for classic that I've seen before include "Quintessential" , "Very great work of art" , "Derby, say" , "Artistic work of lasting excellence" , "Good example of its kind" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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