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Old cat, nine, exploded (7)


I believe the answer is:


'old' is the definition.
(similar in meaning)

'cat nine exploded' is the wordplay.
'exploded' indicates anagramming the letters.
'catnine' anagrammed gives 'ANCIENT'.

(Other definitions for ancient that I've seen before include "Of times long past" , "so old-fashioned" , "From the distant past" , "no longer current" , "from Aristophanes' time" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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