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Scarcity of thread perhaps (6)


I believe the answer is:


'scarcity' is the definition.
(dearth is a kind of scarcity)

'thread perhaps' is the wordplay.
'perhaps' indicates anagramming the letters.
'thread' is an anagram of 'DEARTH'.

'of' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for dearth that I've seen before include "Lack of resources" , "Hatred (anag) -- shortage" , "Scarcity of thread" , "deficiency" , "In short supply" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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