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American gold at capsized vessel (5)


I believe the answer is:


'vessel' is the definition.
(blood vessel)

'american gold at capsized' is the wordplay.
'american' becomes 'a' (common abbreviation - e.g. in organisation names).
'gold' becomes 'or' ('or' is the heraldic name for gold).
'capsized' says the letters should be written backwards (in a down clue, the word turns upside down).
'at' back-to-front is 'ta'.

(Other definitions for aorta that I've seen before include "Major artery of the body" , "Trunk route" , "claret supplier" , "Large trunk artery" , "it's drawing blood!" .)

I've seen this clue in The Sun.
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