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Little Mama gets the smallest portion (7)


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'portion' is the definition.
Although both the answer and definition are singular nouns, I don't see how they can define each other.

'little mama gets the smallest' is the wordplay.
'little' means to remove the last letter (the word is not quite complete).
'mama' becomes 'mum' (synonyms).
'gets' indicates putting letters inside.
'the smallest' becomes 'minim' (I've seen this in another clue).
'mum' with its last letter taken off is 'mu'.
'mu' placed into 'minim' is 'MINIMUM'.

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(Other definitions for minimum that I've seen before include "Smallest possible quantity" , "Least recorded value" , "Lowest point" , "Lowest value" , "Least possible quantity" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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