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9 accepting new crate of fruit (9)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

nectarine

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Here is my best explanation:

'fruit' is the definition.
(nectarine is a kind of fruit)

'9 accepting new crate' is the subsidiary indication.
'9' becomes 'nine' ('nine' can be a synonym of '9').
'accepting' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'new' indicates an anagram.
'crate' anagrammed gives 'ectar'.
'nine' enclosing 'ectar' is 'nectarine'.

'of' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for nectarine that I've seen before include "fruity", "Smooth-skinned variety of peach", "Fruit - aren't nice (anag)", "type of tree", "Trace nine to a kind of peach", "Kind of peach with thin skin and no down", "creating a sort of jam", "Peach-like fruit", "Variety or mutation of a peach" and "Luscious fruit".)

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