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Main road, one passing through channel (8)


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'main' is the definition.

'road one passing through channel' is the wordplay.
'road' becomes 'rd' (abbreviation).
'one' becomes 'i' (Roman numeral).
'passing through' indicates putting letters inside.
'channel' becomes 'canal' (canal is a kind of channel).
'rdi' inserted into 'canal' is 'CARDINAL'.

(Other definitions for cardinal that I've seen before include "Type of number or prelate" , "Counsellor to the Pope" , "Main point of compass - most important" , "Senior Roman Catholic" , "Primary - colour" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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