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Old buildings with nothing left but flies around (7)


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'old buildings' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both acts as well as being plural nouns.
Maybe you can see a link between them that I don't see?

'nothing left but flies around' is the wordplay.
'nothing' becomes 'O' (looks like zero - 0).
'left but' becomes 'l' (common abbreviation. I am not sure about the 'but' bit.).
'around' is an insertion indicator.
'ol' inserted inside 'flies' is 'FOLLIES'.

'with' is the link.

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(Other definitions for follies that I've seen before include "Idiocies" , "Ornamental buildings with no practical purpose" , "Silly acts or ornamental buildings" , "Rash actions" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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