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Money, the bait taking quite a few (5)


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'money' is the definition.
(I know that lucre is a type of money)

'bait taking quite a few' is the wordplay.
'bait' becomes 'lure' (synonyms).
'taking' indicates putting letters inside.
'quite a few' becomes 'c' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'lure' going around 'c' is 'LUCRE'.

'the' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for lucre that I've seen before include "financial gain" , "profits" , "(Filthy) profit" , "Wealth - cruel (anag)" , "Cash" .)

I've seen this clue in the Sydney Morning Herald.
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