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Stringy Rovers' striker eats a bit of pasta (4)


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'stringy' is the definition.
(I know that stringy can be written as ropy)

'rovers' striker eats a bit of pasta' is the wordplay.
'rovers' striker' becomes 'Roy' (footballer in the comic strip Roy of the Rovers).
'eats' indicates putting letters inside.
'a bit of' says to take the initial letters.
The first letter of 'pasta' is 'p'.
'roy' going around 'p' is 'ROPY'.

(Other definitions for ropy that I've seen before include "like some painters?" , "Substandard" , "Slightly off-colour" , "Far from top quality" , "Of dubious quality" .)

I've seen this clue in The Guardian.
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