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Course designers ultimately admitted to waste (7)

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I believe the answer is:

dessert

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Here is my best explanation:

'course' is the definition.

(dessert is a kind of course)

'designers ultimately admitted to waste' is the subsidiary indication.

'designers ultimately' becomes 's' (I can't justify this - if you can you should give a lot more credence to this answer).

'admitted to' means one lot of letters goes inside another.

'waste' becomes 'desert' (a desert may be described as a wasteland).

's' put inside 'desert' is 'dessert'.

This clue was last seen in The Times

(Other definitions for dessert that I've seen before include "Afters", "Pudding, sweet", "Course", "Last course, sweet", "Sweet, last course of a meal" and "Sweet, afters".)

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