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Real cute with a thin shape (9)


I believe the answer is:


'real' is the definition.

'cute with a thin shape' is the wordplay.
'with' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'shape' indicates an anagram.
'cute' put after 'athin' is 'athincute'.
'athincute' is an anagram of 'AUTHENTIC'.

(Other definitions for authentic that I've seen before include "Real, genuine" , "Genuine, not a copy" , "reliable" , "trustworthy" , "Ian, the cut is genuine" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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