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When the audience comes in to see The Stones (6)


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

'when the audience comes in' is the wordplay.
'when' becomes 'as' (eg 'when I walked' means 'as I walked').
'the audience' becomes 'gate' (I can't explain this - if you can you should believe this answer much more).
'comes in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'as' enclosing 'gate' is 'AGATES'.

'to see' acts as a link.

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(Other definitions for agates that I've seen before include "Hard coloured stones from a stage" , "Pieces of impure quartz used as gemstones" , "[RING]-fillers required" , "Multi-coloured quartzes" , "Stones to be found in a stage" .)

I've seen this clue in the Evening Standard.
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