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Watch ham going unfinished at gallery's opening (8)


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'watch' is the definition.
(I know that spectate is a more specific form of the action the watch)

'at gallery's opening' is the wordplay.
'at' is a charade indicator (letters next to each other).
'gallery' becomes 'tate' (Tate Modern, Tate Britain etc).
'opening' becomes 'spec' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'tate' after 'spec' is 'SPECTATE'.

'ham going unfinished' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for spectate that I've seen before include "View" , "Look on (at a match)" , "Perhaps enjoy sport" , "Watch (a game, etc)" , "Watch (at sports event)" .)

I've seen this clue in The Independent.
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