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A quiet wood (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

ash

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Here is my best explanation:

'wood' is the definition.

(ash is a kind of wood)

'a quiet' is the subsidiary indication.

'quiet' becomes 'sh'.

'a'+'sh'='ash'

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for ash that I've seen before include "Tree; fire residue", "The rowan tree is the mountain ...", "Tree with silver-grey bark", "Knotty - - (Ken Dodd)", "The Remains", "Residue after burning", "Burned residue", "Tree with keys", "Type of tree" and "Fire residue".)

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