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Number three, perhaps? (5)


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(Other definitions for ether that I've seen before include "Clear upper air" , "Formerly an anaesthetic" , "Imaginary interstellar medium" , "Anaesthetic; clear sky (poetic)" , "Old anaesthetic -- three (anag)" .)

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