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Portion of macaroon I left for a round figure? (3)


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'a round figure?' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both quantities as well as being singular nouns.
Perhaps there's an association between them I don't understand?

'portion of macaroon i left' is the wordplay.
'portion of' says the answer is hidden in the clue.
'NIL' is hidden in the letters of 'macaroon i left'.

'for' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for nil that I've seen before include "Score of nought" , "Nothing, zilch" , "Non-existent" , "none" , "Lacking value" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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