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Useless son finds clothes (4)


I believe the answer is:


'clothes' is the definition.
(duds is a kind of clothes)

'useless son' is the wordplay.
'useless' becomes 'dud' (dud can mean faulty or failing).
'son' becomes 's' (genealogical abbreviation for son).

'finds' acts as a link.

(Other definitions for duds that I've seen before include "One assumes them" , "Failures; clothes" , "Bombs that fail to explode" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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