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Good-bye! I am returning a Japanese mat (6)


I believe the answer is:


'a japanese mat' is the definition.
(I've seen this in another clue)

'good-bye i am returning' is the wordplay.
'good-bye' becomes 'ta-ta' (I've seen this in another clue).
'i am' becomes 'I'm' (contraction).
'returning' says the letters should be written backwards.
'im' reversed gives 'mi'.

(Other definitions for tatami that I've seen before include "Japanese rush and straw matting" , "Jap. room matting" , "Floor-covering" , "Japanese straw mat; a mat, it (anag.)" , "Jap. floor mat" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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