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Food in car? Rotten (6)


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'food' is the definition.
(carrot is a kind of food)

'car? rotten' is the wordplay.
'rotten' becomes 'rot' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

'in' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for carrot that I've seen before include "veg" , "Rewarding vegetable?" , "Incentive (but not the stick)" , "Vegetable to entice the donkey" , "Obstacle in race" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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