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Author lifting a piece of Spenser (3)


I believe the answer is:


'author' is the definition.
(to pen something is to author it)

'lifting a piece of spenser' is the wordplay.
'lifting a piece of' indicates a hidden word.
'PEN' is hidden in the letters of 'spenser'.

(Other definitions for pen that I've seen before include "International writers's organisation", "Put down", "Pound", "Animal enclosure", "Write".)

I've seen this clue in The Times.
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