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Some flipping moss, a grass, or seaweed (8)


I believe the answer is:


'seaweed' is the definition.

'some flipping moss a grass' is the wordplay.
'flipping' is a reversal indicator.
'some' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue (some of the parts of the word are used).
'ossagras' is hidden in the letters of 'moss a grass'.
'ossagras' in reverse letter order is 'SARGASSO'.

'or' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for sargasso that I've seen before include "Gas soars around the North Atlantic sea" , "Region of Atlantic noted for masses of seaweed" , "Sea noted for seaweed and eels" , "Sea, weedy part of the Atlantic" , "Seaweed giving name to a sea" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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