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Old comic — publication seen as abrasive (5,5)


I believe the answer is:

emery paper

'abrasive' is the definition.
(emery paper is a kind of abrasive)

'old comic publication' is the wordplay.
'old comic' becomes 'emery' (Dick Emery**).
'publication' becomes 'paper' (a paper is a type of publication).

'seen as' is the link.

(Other definitions for emery paper that I've seen before include "could be smoother" , "Sheet covered with mineral powder, used for polishing" , "Piece of rough material" , "Abrasive material" , "Abrasive sheet" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times and The Guardian.
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