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Some surfer - a serious wipe out! (5)


I believe the answer is:


'wipe out' is the definition.
('erase' can be a synonym of 'wipe out')

'some surfer a serious' is the wordplay.
'some' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue (some of the parts of the word are used).
'ERASE' is hidden in the letters of 'surfer a serious'.

(Other definitions for erase that I've seen before include "Scratch" , "Rub out, cancel" , "Remove permanently" , "Take out" , "Remove recorded material" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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