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Poor quality T (5-4)


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'poor' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'quality t' is the wordplay.
I cannot really see how this works, but
'quality' could be 'rate' (I've seen this before) and 'rate' is present in the answer.
't' is found in the answer.
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(Other definitions for third-rate that I've seen before include "Very inferior in quality - count down" , "Of very poor quality" , "Very inferior in numerical way" , "Very inferior in quality in numeric description" , "Very inderior in quality - do a count" .)

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