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White stone in altar base cracked (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

alabaster

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

'altar base cracked' is the wordplay.
'cracked' is an anagram indicator.
'altar'+'base'='altarbase'
'altarbase' is an anagram of 'ALABASTER'.

'in' is the link.

(Other definitions for alabaster that I've seen before include "Translucent white gypsum as found carved into ornaments" , "White mineral used for carving" , "Sculptors work with this" , "Altar base (anagr.)" , "Carved form of gypsum" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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