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Seen unhappily in tears, a complete state (8)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ripeness

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Here is my best explanation:

'a complete state' is the definition.
(state of completion)

'seen unhappily in tears' is the wordplay.
'unhappily' indicates anagramming the letters.
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'tears' becomes 'rips' (rip is a kind of tear**).
'seen' anagrammed gives 'enes'.
'enes' put within 'rips' is 'RIPENESS'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for ripeness that I've seen before include "Maturity", "Mature stage" and "Ready-to-eat stage".)

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