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Sweetheart surrounded by cleaning equipment sulks (5)


I believe the answer is:


'sulks' is the definition.

'sweetheart surrounded by cleaning equipment' is the wordplay.
'sweetheart' becomes 'e' (the heart/centre of 'sweet').
'surrounded by' indicates putting letters inside.
'cleaning equipment' becomes 'mops'.
'e' placed within 'mops' is 'MOPES'.

(Other definitions for mopes that I've seen before include "is miserable" , "Hangs around apathetically" , "Feels dejected" , "Moons around" , "Broods about poems" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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