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Hairy-footed midget’s pastime, mostly just what’s needed (6)


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'hairy-footed midget's' is the definition.
(type of small humanoid in The Lord of the Rings)

'pastime mostly just what's needed' is the wordplay.
'pastime' becomes 'hobby' (hobby is a kind of pastime).
'mostly' means to remove the last letter.
'just what's needed' becomes 'it' (as in 'that's it!').
'hobby' with its final letter taken off is 'hobb'.

(Other definitions for hobbit that I've seen before include "Tolkien's hole-dweller" , "Creature as Bilbo Baggins" , "Tolkien's halfling" , "Little fellow" , "Tolkien's inhabitant of the lands of Middle-earth" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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