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Quietly mention favour (6)


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'favour' is the definition.

'quietly mention' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite see how this works, but
'quietly' could be 'p' (p for piano and quiet) and 'p' is found within the answer.
The remaining letters 'refer' is a valid word which might be clued in a way I don't understand.
This explanation may well be incorrect...

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(Other definitions for prefer that I've seen before include "Tend to choose (one thing over another)" , "Like (something) better than another" , "Favour, like better" , "Advance" , "support" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph, The Mirror, The Guardian and The Sun.
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