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Terrible thing, darkness (5)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

night

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Here is my best explanation:

'darkness' is the definition.
(night is a kind of darkness)

'terrible thing' is the subsidiary indication.
'terrible' indicates an anagram.
'thing' anagrammed gives 'night'.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for night that I've seen before include "See 1 Across", "A Hard Day's (the Beatles)", "''Twas the ... before Christmas, when all through the house / Not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse''", "For most, the time for sleep", "Period of dark", "- School, - owl", "period of gloom", "Time of darkness", "From dusk until dawn" and "Sunset to sunrise".)

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