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Carves piece of sweet chestnut (6)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

etches

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Here is my best explanation:

'carves' is the definition.

'of sweet chestnut' is the subsidiary indication.
'of' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue.
'etches' is hidden within 'sweet chestnut'.

'piece' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Independent

(Other definitions for etches that I've seen before include "Impresses deeply as into metal plate" and "Engraves".)

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