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Children ultimately in pathetic fight for play area (7)

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I believe the answer is:

sandbox

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Here is my best explanation:

'play area' is the definition.

'children ultimately in pathetic fight' is the wordplay.
'ultimately' suggests the final letters.
'in' means one lot of letters goes inside another.
'pathetic' becomes 'sad' (**).
'fight' becomes 'box' (boxing is a kind of fighting).
The final letter of 'children' is 'n'.
'n' put within 'sad' is 'sand'.
'sand'+'box'='SANDBOX'

'for' is the link.

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This clue was last seen in The Times

(Another definition for sandbox that I've seen is "It's full of grains!".)

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