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Cleopatra’s probably holding reptile (3)

Ross

I believe the answer is:

asp

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Here is my best explanation:

'reptile' is the definition.
(asp is a kind of reptile)

'cleopatra's probably holding' is the wordplay.
'holding' indicates the answer is hidden within the clue.
'ASP' can be found hidden inside 'cleopatras probably'.

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This clue was last seen in Mirror

(Other definitions for asp that I've seen before include "something at the zoo", "Venomous snake", "It killed Cleopatra", "Predatory fish", "the snake in Cleopatra''s bosom", "Cleopatra's poisoner", "Viper", "Deadly snake", "Egyptian cobra" and "snake appears".)

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