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It is put into Italian food (7)


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'it is put into italian food' is the definition.
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'it is put into italian food' is the wordplay.
'it' becomes 'sa' (old-fashioned abbreviation for sex appeal).
'is put into' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'italian food' becomes 'pasta' (type of Italian food).
'sa' inserted into 'pasta' is 'PASSATA'.

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(Other definitions for passata that I've seen before include "Sieved tomato puree" , "Tomato sauce" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sunday Times and The Times.
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