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Harvest successful, though failing at outset (6)


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'outset' is the definition.
The answer and definition can be both related to time as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps you can see an association between them that I don't see?

'harvest successful though failing at' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'successful' could be 'in' (similar in meaning) and 'in' is present in the answer.
'at' could be 'in' (synonymous in some cases - eg at school, in school) and 'in' is present in the answer.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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(Other definitions for inning that I've seen before include "Turn to bat at baseball" , "One of nine divisions of play in baseball" , "Part of game" , "Division of play in baseball" , "Period of batting in cricket" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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