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Three times the amount of rubbish covering lake (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

triple

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'three times' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'the amount of rubbish covering lake' is the wordplay.
'the' becomes 't' (the is pronounced as a 't' sound in some dialects).
'amount of rubbish' becomes 'ripe' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'covering' indicates putting letters inside.
'lake' becomes 'L' (geographical abbreviation).
'ripe' going around 'l' is 'riple'.
't'+'riple'='TRIPLE'

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(Other definitions for triple that I've seen before include "Three times" , "In three parts" , "make much longer" , "Threefold, treble" , "Consisting of three" .)

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