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Number of winding route in low-lying area (8)


I believe the answer is:


'number' is the definition.
(fourteen is a number)

'winding route in low-lying area' is the wordplay.
'winding' is an anagram indicator.
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'low lying area' becomes 'fen' (term for a marshy area).
'route' with letters rearranged gives 'ourte'.
'ourte' going within 'fen' is 'FOURTEEN'.

'of' is the link.

(Other definitions for fourteen that I've seen before include "XIV" , "Fen route (anag)" , "Number of lines in a sonnet" , "Pounds in a stone?" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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