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Balloon, something round and white (8)


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'balloon' is the definition.

'round and white' is the wordplay.
'round' becomes 'ball' (I've seen this before).
'and' means one lot of letters go next to another.
'white' becomes 'snow' (I can't explain this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).
'ball' put after 'snow' is 'SNOWBALL'.

'something' acts as a link.
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(Other definitions for snowball that I've seen before include "Wintry missile - demonised by 17" , "Cocktail made from lemonade and advocaat" , "Advocaat cocktail - escalate" , "Throw it in winter" , "Increase rapidly in size - advocaat and lemonade" .)

I've seen this clue in The Telegraph.
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