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To study a hindrance in article that’s hackneyed (10)


I believe the answer is:


'hackneyed' is the definition.
('threadbare' can be a synonym of 'hackneyed')

'to study a hindrance in article' is the wordplay.
'to study' becomes 'read' ('read' can be a synonym of 'study').
'a hindrance' becomes 'bar' (bar is a kind of hindrance).
'in' is an insertion indicator.
'article' becomes 'the' (the 'definite article' part of speech).
'readbar' placed inside 'the' is 'THREADBARE'.

'that's' is the link.

(Other definitions for threadbare that I've seen before include "Frayed" , "Shabby" , "cliche-ridden" , "deprived of nap" , "Has little nap" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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