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What unusual skill comes across (7)


I believe the answer is:


'across' is the definition.
(athwart can mean across or over)

'what unusual skill' is the wordplay.
'unusual' is an anagram indicator.
'skill' becomes 'art' (both can mean a talent).
'what' with letters rearranged gives 'athw'.

'comes' is the link.

(Other definitions for athwart that I've seen before include "Crosswise" , "What rat is placed across?" , "Transverse; at an oblique angle" , "Crossing" , "wrongly" .)

I've seen this clue in The Globe and Mail.
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