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Exhausted, it is clear, by the bumpy ride (9)


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'exhausted' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'clear by the bumpy ride' is the wordplay.
'clear' becomes 'overt' (both can mean apparent or obvious).
'by' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'the bumpy' indicates anagramming the letters (I've seen this in other clues).
'ride' anagrammed gives 'ired'.

'it is' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for overtired that I've seen before include "Exhausted" , "needing sleep" , "whacked" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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