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Spotted pattern is deep (6)


I believe the answer is:


'spotted' is the definition.
('espy' can be a synonym of 'spot')

'pattern is deep' is the wordplay.
'pattern' indicates an anagram (I've seen 'patterned' mean this (arranged following a pattern)).
'isdeep' with letters rearranged gives 'ESPIED'.

(Other definitions for espied that I've seen before include "Watched" , "Saw (archaic)" , "Glimpsed" , "Caught sight of (poetic)" , "Caught sight of (archaic)" .)

I've seen this clue in The Mirror.
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