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Stone barrier on the west of Alcatraz (5)


I believe the answer is:


'stone' is the definition.
(agate is a type of stone)

'barrier on the west of alcatraz' is the wordplay.
'barrier' becomes 'gate' (gate is a kind of barrier).
'on' says to put letters next to each other.
'the west of' indicates taking the first letters (most west - leftmost - letter).
The first letter of 'alcatraz' is 'a'.
'gate' after 'a' is 'AGATE'.

(Other definitions for agate that I've seen before include "On the way" , "Hard stone with concentric bands of colour" , "Type of quartz" , "marble" , "rock with bands" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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