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With uniform in bag, scruff picked up catering equipment (8)


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'catering equipment' is the definition.
The definition and answer can be both man-made objects as well as being singular nouns.
Maybe you can see a link between them that I don't see?

'with uniform in bag scruff picked up' is the wordplay.
'with' indicates putting letters inside.
'uniform' becomes 'U' (phonetic alphabet: alpha, bravo, charlie etc.).
'in bag' becomes 'sac' (a small bag. I am not sure about the 'in' bit.).
'scruff' becomes 'nape' (synonyms).
'picked up' is a reversal indicator.
'nape' written backwards gives 'epan'.
'u' going into 'sac' is 'sauc'.

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(Other definitions for saucepan that I've seen before include "Kitchen vessel" , "Cooking vessel" , "kitchen item" , "Cooking pot" , "kitchenware" .)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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