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Very small motorway going around Nutmeg State (6)


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'very small' is the definition.
(I've seen this before)

'motorway going around nutmeg state' is the wordplay.
I cannot quite understand how this works, but
'motorway' could be 'mi' (resembles M1, English motorway) and 'mi' is found within the answer.
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(Other definitions for minute that I've seen before include "60 seconds; tiny" , "Tiny; written note" , "Extremely small" , "microscopic" , "Really very small, like a period of time" .)

I've seen this clue in the Irish Times.
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