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Left mate on roundabout, playing with a slide? (10)


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'a slide?' is the definition.
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'left mate on roundabout' is the wordplay.
'left' becomes 'port' (left side of a ship - opposite of starboard).
'roundabout' indicates an anagram.
'mateon' is an anagram of 'amento'.

'playing with' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for portamento that I've seen before include "glide -- in cantor's style?" , "Style of singing" , "sliding movement?" , "slide" , "smooth transition" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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